The prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, and the United States, President Joe Biden, issued an emergency call on the Freedom Convoy demonstration on Friday.
The Freedom Truckers successfully imposed a trade embargo, closing major highways between the United States and Canada. Traffic on the Ambassador Bridge, one of the most significant bridges in North America, has come to a halt.
On Friday, Biden and Trudeau issued an emergency declaration in response to the rising economic and societal pressures caused by widespread civil disobedience to vaccination requirements. During a news briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki disclosed the details of the call.
“The two presidents agreed that the activities of those who are impeding travel and business between our two nations have major direct repercussions on citizens’ lives and livelihoods,” Psaki said.
“The President emphasized his worry that United States firms and employees are suffering substantial consequences, including as production slowdowns, decreased work hours, and plant closures,” Psaki said of the call.
“The prime minister vowed swift action in implementing the legislation, and the president congratulated him for the actions he and other Canadian officials are doing to reopen crossings to the United States,” she added. On Friday afternoon, Justin Trudeau issued an update detailing the details of the call.
“Today, @POTUS Biden and I addressed the unlawful border blockades – I informed him on the situation, and we spoke about the American and global influence on the protesters,” he stated.
“We decided that these blockades could not continue for the sake of people’s and our economies’ security.” The White House urged the Trudeau administration on Thursday to utilize federal authorities to “break the truck roadblock by Canadians protesting the country’s COVID-19 limitations,” according to the Associated Press.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg met with Canadian authorities to address the matter.
According to the article, they requested their Canadian counterparts to “use Federal authority to settle this dilemma at our common border.”
Protests have even prompted automakers to reduce output, with Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer willing to intercede to break the truckers’ blockade. On the stalemate, she gave the following remark.