WASHINGTON: Last month, when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called Donald Trump for a justification over hiked steel and aluminium tariffs, the US President presented a stupefying historical poser. “Didn’t you guys burn down the White House?” he said, referring to the War of 1812.
As the New York Times reported, it was unclear if the president was trying to make a joke during the phone call that came after fresh tariffs were imposed by the Trump administration targeting steel and aluminum imports coming from Canada.
But as historical experts pointed out soon after details of the call were released, Canada did not burn down the White House. In fact, Canada wasn’t even a country until 1867.
The War of 1812 was a conflict fought between US and UK and their respective allies, when the White House was burnt down by the British. It is believed that the British attack on Washington was in retaliation for the American attack on York, Ontario – territory that eventually became Canada. Back then, it was a British colony.
Earlier on Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rejected the US proposal to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and sign a bilateral trade pact.
Donald Trump had also said that if the revised NAFTA deal gets signed, he shall drop the newly-imposed 25 percent tariffs on the aluminum and steel products.