Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland says she is not ruling out potential retaliatory sanctions against the Trump Organization in response to President Trump’s recently announced tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.
According to the Canadian magazine Maclean’s, Freeland was responding to a question by a Canadian lawmaker who asked whether the nation’s government has considered sanctions targeting Trump’s businesses, rather than the American people.
Freeland did not reject the idea.
She said the tariffs imposed by the Trump administration against Canada, Mexico, and other nations are “illegal” and “unjustified.”
Freeland also called Trump’s national security justification is an insult to Canadians.
“We are now in a consultation period. We welcome ideas from all Canadians on what should and what should not be in our retaliation list,” she added, according to Maclean’s.
Regina-Lewvan MP Erin Weir, the lawmaker who posed the initial question, invoked the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act as a way to sanction foreign nationals.