We can all relax — the United States and Mexico are not plotting a takeover of Canada.
As reported by the New York Daily News, U.S. State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland was asked by a reporter on Wednesday why a signing ceremony with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Mexico Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa was not open to the press.
Here's a transcript of the exchange:
Reporter: What is this signing ceremony? What are they signing, and why isn't that open?
Ms. Nuland: I don't know the answer to that, Matt. I think it's an update on Merida, but I will get that for you.
Reporter: Is — I know that this is not some --
Ms. Nuland: I know you did ask us --
Reporter: Yes, exactly. This isn't some secret thing --
Ms. Nuland: Yeah. No, it's --
Reporter: -- to invade Canada or something like that? (Laughter)
MS. NULAND: No, no, no. It's not anything classified.
Needless to say, the Americans are having fun with this.
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"There is also a website called www.invadecanada.us, which lists reasons such as connecting the mainland U.S. with Alaska, 'they're just a little too proud,' and 'they stole our basketball teams,'" notes NBC.
And here's what some American readers of the story had to say about it: