Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country is preparing for potential disruptions if the winner of the U.S. presidential election is not immediately clear.
“What happens in the United States is going to be impacting Canada after the election, but our job is to be ready for all outcomes,” Trudeau said Thursday, according to Bloomberg. “As a matter of course, I don’t comment or weigh in on American political processes.”
President Trump has raised the issue of ballot integrity in regard to mail-in voting, and Vice President Mike Pence dodged a question during Wednesday night’s debate with Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris where the moderator asked about what he would do if Trump lost the election and refused a peaceful transfer of power.
“We’re certainly all hoping for a smooth transition or a clear result from the election, like many people are around the world,” Trudeau told reporters. “If it is less clear, there may be some disruptions, and we need to be ready for any outcomes. I think that’s what Canadians would expect of their governments, and we’re certainly reflecting on that.”
Trump’s traveling campaign paused over the past week after he tested positive for COVID-19 and was treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for three days. The president was released on Monday and has since touted his health and the cocktail of medicine he received.
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