Canada not looking to retaliate after U.S. restricts coronavirus mask exports: Trudeau

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1:42Coronavirus outbreak: Trudeau says U.S. halting 3M medical supplies trade to Canada ‘could hurt Americans as much as anybody else’

WATCH ABOVE: Trudeau says U.S. halting 3M medical supplies trade to Canada ‘could hurt Americans as much as anybody else’

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is not looking at retaliatory measures after U.S. President Donald Trump told a manufacturer of medical masks not to export them to Canada.

Trudeau said he would be speaking with Trump in the coming days and looking for a positive solution on the issue.

He made the remarks in his daily address to Canadians from outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa.

On Friday, 3M said it was asked by the Trump administration not to supply N95 respirators to Canada and Latin America amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Trump has ordered the Minnesota-based company to produce and sell as many medical-grade masks as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says it needs. He invoked the Defence Production Act in order to speed up the distribution of masks.

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3:52Trump criticized for telling 3M to stop sending masks to Canada

Trump criticized for telling 3M to stop sending masks to Canada

Trump later released a statement saying that nothing in his order “will interfere with the ability of PPE manufacturers to export when doing so is consistent with United States policy and in the national interest of the United States.”

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3M did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Saturday.

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