Trump Has 'a Lot of Respect' for Freedom Convoy: 'Mandates Are Very, Very Bad'
45th president praises Canadian protesters: 'You can push people so far'
President Donald Trump has spoken out in support of the "Freedom Convoy" protesters along the U.S.-Canada border, saying he has "a lot of respect" for their fight.
Speaking during an appearance on Saturday’s broadcast of “Fox & Friends Weekend,” Trump reacted to the protests underway throughout Canada.
Trump blasted government-imposed mandates, saying, "you can push people so far."
“But the mandates are very, very bad — very, very bad," Trump warned.
He also drew comparisons between the situation in Canada and in the United States.
Trump warned that despite the protests taking place in Canada, the situation in the United States was “far more of a tinderbox.”
"People all over the world are watching, and they have respect for what they are doing,” Trump said.
"They’re tired of being pushed around by incompetent people, being told what to do, being forced with the mandates.
"The mandates should have not happened.
"I’m very proud of Warp Speed," he said.
"Everybody has given us credit.
"Nobody thought it was possible to do what we did.
"And that includes therapeutics by the way Regeneron and the various therapeutics that worked so well.”
"But what we did with Warp Speed was great,” Trump continued.
"But the mandates are very, very bad — very, very bad.
"And I think there’s a lot of respect for what they are doing.
"I see they have Trump signs all over the place, and I’m proud that they do.
"But that’s what happens," he warned.
"You can push people so far. And our country is a tinderbox, too.
"Don’t kid yourself.
"And there are plenty of our country up there right now, folks.
"When you look at what’s happening — when you look at what’s happening in Canada.
"Our country, I think, is far more of a tinderbox than Canada.”