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US officials pressured Canada to stop ‘Freedom Convoy,' new testimony reveals

Added 11-24-22 11:18:04pm EST - “Top Biden administration officials pressed their Canadian counterparts to clear truckers blockading parts of the United States's northern border during weekslong protests in January.” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “US officials pressured Canada to stop ‘Freedom Convoy,’ new testimony reveals”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Top Biden administration officials pressed their Canadian counterparts to clear truckers blockading parts of the United States’s northern border during protests in January. 

A public inquiry into the Canadian government’s decision to use emergency powers to clear the “Freedom Convoy” protesters revealed on Thursday that frantic phone calls were placed by Washington to Ottawa in an effort to open up choked-off supply lines. 

“They are very, very, very worried,” Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland wrote in an email to her staff after a Feb. 10 phone call from White House National Economic Council Director Brian Deese, according to Politico.

“If this is not sorted out in the next 12 hours, all of their northeastern car plants will shut down,” Freeland continued in her email.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg phoned his Canadian counterpart, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra, the same day Deese called Freeland, according to the report, and Buttigieg pressed Alghabra about Canada’s “plan to resolve” the protests.

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