No, Trump, no.
The President took to Twitter this Tuesday morning to pick a fight with Canada. Yes, Canada.
Trump wrote, “Canada has made business for our dairy farmers in Wisconsin and other border states very difficult. We will not stand for this. Watch!”
Canada has made business for our dairy farmers in Wisconsin and other border states very difficult. We will not stand for this. Watch!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2017
Now, this tweet isn’t the first time in recent days that he’s singled out Canada for criticism, but it does indicate that he’s decidedly hung up on the idea of making Canada “pay” for their supposed mis-deeds.
Trump went to Wisconsin about a week ago, and during his visit to the northern state, he was apparently taken aback by the affect that Canada’s protectionist trade policies have on U.S. dairy products.
An author writing in The Toronto Star describes the situation like this:
‘The U.S. president has realized belatedly that Canada, as part of its agricultural supply management program, discriminates against foreign dairy products — including U.S. milk. This miffs him no end… Canada’s perfidy in the matter of milk, he said, served only to reinforce his view that the North American Free Trade Agreement is a disaster in need of a radical rewrite.’
Indeed; Trump has held NAFTA as something contemptible for months and months, having built his presidential campaign on the promise to tear it up.
Now that he’s gotten into office and been slapped with a reality check, Trump has stepped back from that rhetoric, but only slightly. It’s simply that he can’t actually accomplish what he wants to as fast as he wants to.
That’s not even where the issue ends, however. On Monday, after trade talks on dairy products “fell through,” the United States imposed a 24 percent tariff on Canadian softwood lumber imported into the United States.
Canada responded by vowing to fight the “punitive” measure, all the while stoking, in the words of CNN, fears of a trade war between the U.S. and Canada.
Thanks, Trump — you’re even making Canada look down on us.
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