Trudeau and Newfoundland Premier speak out against Trump ban on exports of N95 masks

The leadership of Canada and Newfoundland are not happy with President Trump’s decision to ban exports of N95 protective masks.

Per DailyMail, President Donald Trump said Friday the U.S. would ban export of critical N95 masks and other precious medical gear – as he blasted a manufacturer who criticized the administration for halting its shipment to Canada.

‘It includes everything,’ Trump said of a ban he has described of export of masks, gowns and other equipment.

Trump also tore into 3M Co, saying he was ‘not happy’ with the company after its CEO called the ban short-sighted and would harm the U.S. on a net basis. Trump had threatened the company with use of a defense production law earlier this week.

‘They can push back all they want. We are not happy with 3M. We’re not happy. And the people who dealt with it directly are not at all happy with 3M,’ Trump said. ‘So we’ll see whether or not we’ll do. We will see.’

Time reports Canadians across the country expressed hurt and disappointment that their neighbor and longstanding ally is blocking shipments of the masks from the United States to ensure they are available in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic. Canadian health care workers — like those in the U.S. — are in dire need of the masks that provide more protection against the virus that causes COVID-19.

Newfoundland Premier Dwight Ball said one of the great lessons in humanity is that in times of crisis you don’t stop being human.

“To say that I’m infuriated by the recent actions of President Trump of the United States is an understatement,” Ball said. “I cannot believe for a second that in a time of crisis that President Trump would even think about banning key medical supplies to Canada.”

Marketwatch reports Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he’s confident that Canada will be able to import N95 protective masks form the U.S. despite an export ban and plans to speak to U.S. President Donald Trump in the coming days, he said.

Trump has said he will block exports of the masks from the United States to ensure they are available for domestic use during the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, the premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Canadian province that sheltered thousands of stranded Americans after the 9/11 attacks, expressed disbelief that Trump would even think of barring the masks’ export to Canada, saying this is a time to work together, no matter the passport.

Premier Dwight Ball said a central lesson for humanity is that in times of crisis you don’t stop being human, as his province demonstrated in 2001, when, after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon resulted in the sudden grounding of air traffic, more than 6,600 passengers descended without warning on Gander, Newfoundland, a town of 10,000. Canadians took care of them. The premier emphasized that his province would do it again.

Trudeau noted that Canada supplies the U.S. with many related goods including pulp for surgical-grade N95 masks, test kits and gloves. Canadian nurses also work in the U.S.

Trudeau said it would be harmful to both nations if the flow of those goods and services stopped.