Trump tariffs latest: US ambassador to Canada receives death threat and white powder as trade war looms
The US Ambassador to Canada received death threats after tensions increased between US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the issue of tariffs.
Ambassador Kelly Craft received a package containing a death threat and white powder. The package was addressed to the US Embassy in Ottawa, however, it was discovered at her residence.
The package came with a note, filled with expletives, that also threatened Mr Trump and his family in addition to Ms Kra ft, according to reports. The Secret Service, Ottawa police, and the US Embassy did not publicly addressed the matter or respond immediately to a request for comment.
Police are investigating and a test of the powder determined it was not harmful. Mr Trudeau and other officials have reached out and offered support to Ms Kraft and her family.
Canadaâs Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland tweeted that it was âwholly unacceptableâ and that Ms Kraft âdoes an essential and difficult job and Canada respects her serviceâ. The pair had just held a meeting regarding US tariffs.
The threat, first reported by Bloomberg News, comes as Mr Trump and Mr Trudeau just attended the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Quebec, after which Mr Trump said his Canadian counterpart was âdishonest and weakâ.
Mr Trudeau had expressed anger that tariffs had been placed on the longtime US ally and neighbourâs steel and aluminium under the guise of national security concerns.
The US has also placed duties on Canadian softwood lumber and Mr Trump has repeatedly complained that dairy imports are harming the US sector.
In turn, Canada has placed a âdollar-for-dollarâ tariff on US steel, aluminium, and whiskies, Bloomberg reported.