Trump Admits That The Border Between Canada And The United States Can Be Opened Until June 21
Restrictions on crossing the border between the United States and Canada may be lifted before June 21, said Donald Trump, answering questions from reporters during a meeting of his Cabinet at the White House.
"We love Canada. We will talk [with the Canadian authorities], and at the appropriate time it will be opened very quickly," the head of the Washington administration said.
"Yes, it is possible, of course. They are successfully coping [with the pandemic], we are successfully coping, " Trump added in response to a clarifying question about whether the restrictions can be lifted before June 21.
Earlier on Tuesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the authorities of Canada and the United States agreed not to open the border for another 30 days - until June 21.
Later, the US Department of Homeland Security issued a notification that restrictions on border crossings with Canada and Mexico, imposed in connection with the coronavirus pandemic, are extended until June 22, inclusive. "We are in touch with our Canadian and Mexican counterparts, and they have agreed that extending these restrictions is currently appropriate," acting head of the US Department Chad Wolf said in a statement.
On March 20, Trump announced that the United States was temporarily imposing restrictions on crossing its southern border with Mexico and the Northern border with Canada. The head of state stressed that the temporary ban is imposed on "all trips that are not necessary." The restrictions were later extended until May 20.
The Canadian-American border closed at midnight on March 21 - all unnecessary movement across it was prohibited. As Trudeau said at the time, the restrictions will continue until the parties are sure of the safety of the usual movement of citizens across the border. Canada and the United States have the longest non-militarized border in the world, its length is almost 9 thousand km.