Trudeau said that the G20 global leaders spoke about the health and economic response to a rapidly spreading virus that, as several federal officials have stated, knows no borders.
Asked to explain why Canada made a decision to send these supplies overseas, Trudeau stated that the novel coronavirus is a worldwide pandemic, and a global response is needed.
From home Trudeau has been speaking regularly with other world leaders, who are also all grappling with how to respond to, or prepare for an onslaught of COVID-19 cases in their countries. Canada also agreed to turn back all irregular migrants during this time.
"This kind of conduct is not just disappointing, it's risky", Trudeau said, emphasizing the serious fines and potential jail time for those who don't comply.
That Canada Emergency Response Benefit will offer $2,000 a month in direct support through the Canada Revenue Agency, and is the main reason the cost of direct COVID-19 aid almost doubled from an estimated $27 billion last week to $52 billion now.
The two countries already have a mutual ban in place on non-essential travel, but the movement of trade, commerce and cross-border workers has been allowed to continue - a clear sign that both Ottawa and the White House share a belief in the economic importance of avoiding a complete closure.
According to Trudeau, up to 1 million citizens have applied for employment insurance, showing the disastrous effects of virus-related shutdowns.