We are working closely with our Canadian counterparts to end the blockade of major bridges and crossings between the United States and Canada and to restore vital trade between our two nations. Following the President’s video conference call with Prime Minister Trudeau on Friday, I spoke again last night with Canada’s National Security and Intelligence Advisor Jody Thomas to express my appreciation for the decisive efforts of law enforcement that are underway along the border to move towards a full resolution of the blockages. We discussed the widespread detrimental effects the obstructions have already had on the lives and livelihoods of people in our two countries and the imperative to take swift and forceful action and deter future blockades.
This morning, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg also spoke with their Canadian counterparts. Updates they have received say most protesters have been cleared from the Ambassador Bridge, barriers are down and the hallway is secure. Canadian authorities are taking proactive steps to ensure that no further unlawful disruption of the movement of people and goods occurs. Individuals trespassing on property on the bridge road will be cited for trespassing and their vehicles will be towed. Canadian authorities intend to reopen the Ambassador Bridge today after conducting the necessary safety checks. We stand ready to support our Canadian partners wherever necessary to ensure the restoration of the normal free flow of trade.
Senior White House officials also remain in close contact with Governor Gretchen Whitmer and northern border governors and members of Congress.