Donald Trump says NAFTA 'destroyed' U.S. at rally near Canadian border
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee in Lynden, Wash., bypasses Seattle
Donald Trump held a rally minutes away from B.C.'s border on Saturday where he touched on lumber and international trade.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee hosted a 3 p.m. PT rally in Lynden, Wash. — a city less than 15 minutes south of Aldergrove, B.C. Earlier in the day, at noon, he held another event in Spokane, Wash.
During his 45 minute speech in Lynden, he meandered from topic to topic — from his love of his evangelical supporters to attacking Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton by calling her "crooked."
He called NAFTA "one of the great economic disasters" that's "destroyed" the U.S., a message he first shared back in September 2015.
Trump also spoke about international trade, specifically pertaining to lumber.
"You can't sell your timber ... they won't even take it and when they do take it, they charge you tax," he told the crowd of thousands without clarifying which country "they" are.
"When we take their product, come on in folks, come on in. We're not going to do it."
On Saturday morning, during an interview with CBC Radio's The House, B.C. Premier Christy Clark chided Trump for his anti-trade talk, equating it to building a wall between the two countries.
She wants Americans to take action on a softwood lumber deal before the end of summer.
Excitement and debate
Trumps's proximity to Canada stirred up excitement and debate. Many of his supporters lined up for hours to get into the Northwest Washington Fair and Event Center.
Not surprisingly, a few of those were Canadians.
<a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump">@realDonaldTrump</a> coming from Canada to your lynden rally today! Langley loves Trump! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/plshireme?src=hash">#plshireme</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/willworkforreasonablesalary?src=hash">#willworkforreasonablesalary</a>—@_TangoWhiskey
<a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump">@realDonaldTrump</a> BIG LINEUP STARTING IN LYNDEN FOR YOU!!! We're just across the Canadian border in Abbotsford 😊 Two gals who 💜💚 Trump<br>🇨🇦🇨🇦—@meanmnach
Some Canadians here, too. One in line for rally said he supports Trump because when America thrives, so does Canada. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TrumpInLynden?src=hash">#TrumpInLynden</a>—@KyleMittan
The line is extremely long for supporters to get inside the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DonaldTrump?src=hash">#DonaldTrump</a> rally in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Lynden?src=hash">#Lynden</a>, WA. Start time is 3pm. <a href="https://t.co/dlrNLHmd4w">pic.twitter.com/dlrNLHmd4w</a>—@anitabathe
Online, many were left wondering why the presidential candidate bypassed Seattle, Washington's largest city, and chose two much smaller centres instead — one of which is so near B.C.
Some speculated whether it was a strategic decision that could lead to the consideration of a wall being built along the U.S.-Canada border, even though Trump stated back in 2015 it wasn't something he'd consider.
However, Trump did reiterate his stance on building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
"We will build the wall, it will be a beautiful wall, it will be a big wall," he said to loud cheers in Lynden. "It will have a door in it because we want people to come into our country, but they have to come in legally."
Why is Trump campaigning today in Lynden? Is he announcing plans to build a wall and make Canada pay for it? <a href="https://t.co/wrViUVBYz7">pic.twitter.com/wrViUVBYz7</a>—@ericbergpdx
Lynden is in Whatcom County, not exactly prime Trump turf unless he's planning on a wall around Canada. Lynden is no accidental choice.—@inchoaterica
Happening not far from Vancouver BC. Perhaps Trump has come to check out border land for another fence/wall. <a href="https://t.co/uf4ATGmvJJ">https://t.co/uf4ATGmvJJ</a>—@PeterVogel
Not everyone was thrilled by the controversial Republican's visit though.
Protesters were out in full force in Washington, and some British Columbians also took to social media to voice their distaste.
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/VIDEO?src=hash">#VIDEO</a> "love trumps hate" chant begins brief interaction between sides at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TrumpWA?src=hash">#TrumpWA</a> rally <a href="https://t.co/LWabHrP1IE">pic.twitter.com/LWabHrP1IE</a>—@TerryKIRO7
I hope this will be the closest Trump ever gets to Canada, about 20 minutes away from where I live, omg <a href="https://t.co/yy3iBSEoUJ">https://t.co/yy3iBSEoUJ</a>—@thevinetwayway
ew trump is 30 miles away from me <a href="https://t.co/B7Cojw49ak">https://t.co/B7Cojw49ak</a>—@Braeden_Mayer