NAFTA Update – Important White House Meeting With Auto Manufacturers Backstops Freeland Meeting With Paul Ryan…

Critical Update – Critical Update – Critical Update

Those who are watching the NAFTA negotiations must pay close attention to the activity in the past 36 hours.  There is a key video at the bottom.  First the backdrop:

As most are aware the NAFTA fatal flaw, the “loophole”, surrounds Mexico and Canada structuring their economic manufacturing policy -and trade deals- through the exploitation of a back-door into the U.S. Market. Understanding this key issue is paramount to understanding President Trump’s approach therein.

Remove the NAFTA “loophole” and there is no longer an incentive for U.S. manufacturers to locate their operations in Mexico or Canada. However, the removal of this loophole also means China, ASEAN nations and the EU lose the same incentive.

There have been hundreds of billions of previous investment by multinational corporations in Mexico and Canada.  Every dollar spent was intended to continue this exploitation.

Then came Trump.

In terms of investment size and scale of manufacturing, the auto-sector is perhaps the primary industry attempting to position themselves to avoid any reversal of the NAFTA scheme; and it is a self-interested economic scheme. In the short term there are billions at stake; in the longer term there are trillions within the equation.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is attempting to close the loophole. If he is not successful, the likelihood of President Trump walking away from NAFTA is almost certain. Canada and Mexico are fighting to retain the loophole; they have built their trade and economic model upon it for the past three decades.

Canada and Mexico are fighting to keep importing Asian and EU components into their assembly facilities – to assemble and ship into the U.S. market, without tariffs etc.

Knowing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is on the side of Canada and Mexico, yesterday Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland went to see Speaker of the House Paul Ryan -an ally/benefactor of the CoC- to make direct inquiries about how the legislative timing of a renegotiated NAFTA trade deal would flow through the U.S. congress. The questions surround Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). [Thankfully Paul Ryan is retiring]

According to Bloomberg reporting:

Paul Ryan says he needs notice of a Nafta deal by May 17 if the current Congress is going to be able to vote on it, suggesting talks are pushing up against the constraints of American trade law.

The House Speaker, in remarks delivered Wednesday in Washington, said U.S. Trade Promotion Authority regulations mean next week is a deadline for the Trump administration if it wants to pass a new North American Free Trade Agreement before a new Congress is sworn in.

“As the author of TPA, I can tell you, we have to have the paper — not just an agreement, we have to have the paper — from USTR by May 17 for us to vote on it this year, in December, in the lame duck,” he said at an event hosted by the Ripon Society, a Republican policy group, according to video posted online Thursday.

Ryan was referring to the next step of Nafta talks, according to spokeswoman Ashlee Strong. If a deal is reached, the Trump administration would send a letter to Congress giving 90 days notice of its intent to sign a deal and text of a deal must be published 30 days after that. “This is not a statutory deadline, but a timeline and calendar deadline,” Strong said by email.

Negotiators are working to meet that goal, but they won’t sacrifice quality for timing, Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo told reporters on Friday morning outside the U.S. Trade Representative’s office in Washington, where talks are taking place.  (read more)

It is presumed, this is the same message Paul Ryan delivered to Chrystia Freeland.

So with all of this carefully in mind, today President Trump meets with the key stakeholders from the auto-sector.

Remember, these corporations have invested billions during the past three decades to exploit the NAFTA (Can/Mex) benefits. Their collective position, CURRENTLY, is antithetical to President Trump’s America-First policy.

These discussions, and the ramifications, contain billions of billions of investment decision-making.  President Trump wants these specific corporations to reverse their previous course of action; Trump wants them to change behavior; Trump wants the jobs and manufacturing back in the U.S. Watch and Listen closely:

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261 Responses to NAFTA Update – Important White House Meeting With Auto Manufacturers Backstops Freeland Meeting With Paul Ryan…

  1. Obs says:

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/05/11/trumps-america-first-agendawins-trade-dispute-united-arab-emirates/

    I do wonder whether Lights is aware of the deal with Japan that provides cheap subsidised Jet A1 fuel to Emirates, in exchange for other considerations.

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  2. FofBW says:

    PT does not like NAFTA

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    • Johnny Bravo says:

      Funny that, never heard his say that before! Lol 😆

      Liked by 14 people

    • dayallaxeded says:

      No wonder I like VSGPDJT so much–I don’t like NAFTA either! I remember standing on the Napoleon Street wharf when Poopy Boosh came to town to tout the great new thing, NAFTA. I’m pretty sure I heard the beginnings of “that sucking sound” on that day in 1992, I think it was. So glad it’s about to get shut down. Just outright horrible deal for the USA–and frankly, anyone who couldn’t see that way back then just wasn’t paying any attention to reality.

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      • motreehouse says:

        Napoleon Street in NOLA?

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        • motreehouse says:

          They all asked for You

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        • dayallaxeded says:

          Yeah U rite! I realized after hitting post, it’s properly Napoleon Avenue. I’m guessing it was late ’92, either just before or just after the deal was signed, but obviously before submitted to CONgress and presented to the next glowbullist POTUS and organized crime figurehead, BJ Klintoon for his rubber-stamp signature. One reason I remember is my wife wanted to bring my son, who was about 2 at the time, thinking maybe we’d get a pic of him with a POTUS. But then we were only beginning to realize that Poopy Boosh wasn’t a continuation of Ronaldus Maximus, but was, in fact a usurper and glowbullist traitor to the USA. NAFTA was a YUGE clue bat.

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      • Cat Lady says:

        You mean Napoleon Avenue??

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      • sat0422 says:

        Sorry, what is VSG

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      • Old Codger says:

        Poppy Bush? JFK assassin,
        The one who can’t remember where he was on November 22, 1963. but who remembers his whereabouts on December 7, 1941! THAT Poppy Bush?

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    • Sunshine says:

      I would rather say PT doesn’t understand it. And neither does his team.
      These are all individuals selected according to parity and not merit.

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      • Sunshine says:

        Wish you had an EDIT.
        PT understands everything. Even we now do.
        JT (aka ski-board guy) is clueless and the same applies to his gender/race parity-based team.

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        • wolfmoon1776 says:

          You really ARE having laptop problems. A cheap solution is to move all your essential stuff onto a new computer, and then reformatting your old one and running Linux on it, and using ONLY THAT ONE for politics, and for nothing else. Much more dependable and a harder target for the bad guys.

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      • ZurichMike says:

        Can you please elaborate? Your comments have ZERO to do with the thread.

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        • CanaCon says:

          He meant to put “JT” (Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada) in the first post instead of “PT” (Trump). Re: “parity not merit” – JT’s cabinet is 50% women in addition to balancing other racial quotas.

          His C.V. consists of part-time drama teacher, river-rafting attendant and, yes, snowboard instructor. He is a dangerous idiot and so is Freeland.

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    • oncefiredbrass says:

      At the correct moment POTUS will kill NAFTA. Not sure if a NAFTA II can be negotiated with Canada & Mexico since they want to maintain the Asian backdoor. Their own Trade Reps don’t even care about the people of their respective Countries! Things in Mexico can ugly fast once the Marxist takes over, he will probably Nationalize everything. As Ross Perot famously said, “you will hear a giant sucking sound”, but it will be Companies fleeing Mexico for the US! If I was those Companies – I would already be moving everything possible before that happens! Once everything is Nationalized all the brains to run everything will disappear and there is a good chance in a few years we may have a massive failed state on our southern border, which will only embolden drug cartels and human trafficking! At some point soon, POTUS is going to have to shut down the Government to get Wall Funding, once the Marxist takes over we will really need it!

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  3. treehouseron says:

    Nafta is dead dead hella dead. Even if he renegotiated it, the haters in Congress would oppose any deal he signed.

    It’s been a foregone conclusion it’s over since the day he was elected.

    Liked by 28 people

    • fleporeblog says:

      See my tweet below on how our President will force them to either vote on NAFTA 2.0 or see it all go bye bye! Congress has been completely castrated! Paul Ryan knows it and that is why he is leaving.

      Liked by 40 people

      • FofBW says:

        I like your visual Flep!

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      • FrankieZ says:

        Ryan has been castrated by his DEMO CRAP wife a long time ago.

        Liked by 13 people

      • 335blues says:

        Words we would love to hear from Paul Ryan, but we know we never will:
        “As the author of TPA,….. and as a staunch backer of NAFTA and the Chamber of Commerce, I have pushed as hard as I can to destroy jobs in America, and create jobs in Canada and Mexico. It has been and still is my opinion that creating jobs in America is a bad idea, and will only prolong the strength of America, its economy and the people of America. As I leave Congress, and I am leaving as fast as I can so the door won’t hit me in the ass on the way out, I can finally tell America the truth as to why I hate this country so much. It is because…….”

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        • 4harrisonblog says:

          Ryan says because, I’m an idiot.

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        • fleporeblog says:

          LOL! I LOVED IT!

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        • Great post, 335. I only wish, that someone email it to him or send him old-fashioned post card!

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        • Pied Piper says:

          Ryan has a WALL around HIS house, doesn’t he? Like the Great Nothingness. Isn’t the first thing the Kenyan Ken Doll did to his D.C. Mansion is build a wall?

          Everyone on this thread, more than likely, will have every dime they pay in federal taxes for the rest of their lives used to support Nothingness and the America Hating Harridan. Seems like we should have the option to say “Uh, no, I don’t think so”. But we don’t.

          Is Nothingness on Obamacare? Aka, ZeroCare, ScrewYou, and CareLess.

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          • brh82 says:

            Ryan always had a wall around his mansion(VERY wealthy wife), but he heightened it when Trump was elected….true story! He also has Secret Service attending his kids. In my head, he and Mitt Romney share the same tiny cell on Gitmo, without heat or air conditioning.

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        • Old Codger says:

          “It is because…….I can finally admit my wife has my balls in her purse and has promised to return them and to kick those stupid teen-aged kids of mine out of the house, once I leave Congress!”

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      • Lindenlee says:

        He will have to find someone else for whom he can be a bitch.

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      • Didn’t they actually have to Have balls before they could lose them???

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      • ZurichMike says:

        Hi, fleporeblog! Long time, no see! (ZM waving).

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      • Sunshine says:

        Like + +.
        It will be Goodbye. Canada now belongs to China, by far worse than Mexico belongs to China.
        Canada, under the Liberals, took in too many foreign auto industries, aka satellite plants, linked to China, notwithstanding massive government subsidies.
        China now holds control of Canada also through a sizeable portion of the Real Estate market in British Columbia and Ontario and they’re working their way through other provinces.
        When one holds the land, they hold everything.

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        • WES says:

          Sunshine: Truedope is too busy lighting up another joint to care!

          BTW Truedope’s nick name in China is “little potato”!

          Yes, China contributed to Truedope’s family trust!

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        • fleporeblog says:

          I didn’t know that! Thanks for sharing.

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          • Sunshine says:

            The way the Chinese operate to take over the land: There’s one house for sale in a good neighborhood. One Chinese business owner buys the property. The perfectly good house is demolished and an expensive luxurious house is built. This increases the value of the houses on the street.

            Because of increased value, other property owners sell their houses and other Chinese buy them up and the modus operandi of demolish to rebuild is in full swing. It only takes a few years for entire neighborhoods to be emptied of their indigenous population and replaced with 100% Chinese.

            Often, the Chinese live in China and the houses are not lived in for most of the year or they are put up for rental. The effect on rental properties is devastating. Rent prices skyrocket and people move out of the city.

            It started in the Vancouver area but it’s spreading to small towns in Ontario and Quebec.

            http://www.ibtimes.com/vancouver-anti-chinese-language-movement-focused-chinese-language-signs-advertisements-1631556

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      • oncefiredbrass says:

        This all goes to show that the Republicans really have no balls (sorry ladies!), the minute Ryan said he was retiring they should have insisted on an Election for a New Speaker of the House! It makes zero sense to leave Ryan/Eddy Munster there until November, I guess we could call him a lame duck if that applies. They need to pick someone from the DJT mold that will kick ass and take names! The big betting question we all should have is where does Eddie Munster end up after Retirement? COC, Lobbyist, Law Firm? I am betting on COC, he seems to be kissing Donahue’s ass at every chance!

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        • fleporeblog says:

          I am really liking the idea of Rep. Jim Jordan taking his role as Speaker of the House.

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        • They have balls enough to screw us over for lifelong “careers” in the district of criminals. What they don’t have are souls.

          Lyin’ Ryan probably thinks he is escaping while he can. I don’t think he’s right, and I don’t think he’s safe in his ASSumption.

          He can hang with the rest of the traitors as far as I am concerned.

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        • Pied Piper says:

          Thinking back to Mittens and the 2012 election. I did not understand it at the time but Mittens choosing Ryan as his running mate just makes so much sense now. Interesting that very soon now, hopefully, both will be nobodies. Is the Republican Party capable of learning anything, ANYTHING AT ALL?

          Every day, I move closer and closer to believing they do not want to be in charge. How they handle the midterms may be the final confirmation.

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        • brh82 says:

          Don’t worry, like I said above, Ryan announced two days ago he is leaving the day before Memorial Day, which is 15 days away.

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    • Jedi9 says:

      I agree! It’s a forgone conclusion where this is headed! Congress and the Senate for self preservation reasons will never sign a deal that goes against their masters wishes not to mention meet a deadline that is a few days away. I see this as the same as the Iran announcement, Trump will state the particulars of this trade agreement as being a bad deal and will advocate negotiating separate bi lateral trade deals with Canada and Mexico to keep certain trade provisions in place when stating that the US is exiting from NAFTA.

      Other alternatives if Trump is really playing 4D chess is to put forth a deal, and let congress own it when they ultimately reject it! But I am guessing here. The problem with this plan is that Trump relinquishes control to the likes of Ryan, and McConnell and I am not sure he would be willing to do that considering that it was people like them that created this mess in the first place.

      Either way this entire situation is painted into a very small tight corner with only one way out!

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  4. clive hoskin says:

    This is how a TRUE President(or Prime Minister)should act.Working FOR the people,NOT FOR the Globalists.

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  5. Average joe says:

    Ryan is aC.O.C. Cuck……

    Liked by 9 people

    • Orville R. Bacher says:

      Chamber of Foreign Commerce. They don’t give a damn about American jobs and American incomes- the very incomes needed to buy all the foreign imports.
      The fatal plank in the make-up of the CoC argument is the only way to bridge the gap between shrinking American incomes and consumption, is more debt. The very debt that is killing this country long term.

      So you are either an American corporation or you are a Globalist corporation. Decide.

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      • oncefiredbrass says:

        The COC is so corrupt, if the truth be known they are probably involved in the “insurance policy”!

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        • Pied Piper says:

          I’m pretty old and I don’t remember the COC being like this 50 years ago. Is it me or is it Memorex?

          Off topic: would a monster coronal mass ejection wipe out hard drives and other storage media, like cd’s and DVDs? I’m talking a biggie here, not some Toronto sized hiccup.

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          • Grandpa says:

            CD and DVD media platters are not magnetic nor electronic, so would survive an EMP. The device needed to read the media platter is electronic and is sensitive to EMP. One needs to have a “faraday cage” container to protect electronics from an EMP.

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    • Tegan says:

      Well, after all the C OC $$$ kickbacks to Ryan probably paid for that wall he built around his house….you know, to avoid any foreign invaders.

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  6. intercesser says:

    Pres. Trump and his team have got this in hand , but Jesus Christ has got everybody and everything in His hands . Thy Kingdom come and Thy will be done is in fact highly specific , detailed and theological . We want the person and the presence of Christ in all of these meetings and all of these negotiations . It does seem that years of prayers are being answered these days – including prayers that previous government officials could not possibly co-operate with due to their hard and impenitent hearts . Thanks to Sundance and the Holy Spirit , we know how to prayer for our Nation and our leaders . Keep on fighting in victorious spiritual warfare and keep on winning , and keep on making America great again .

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  7. treehouseron says:

    It’s so funny watching the body language. So we all know President Trump (or before that, Donald Trump) is a real hard-ass when it comes to negotiating.

    So you presumably have all these execs in the room who want to save NAFTA, and who want to keep making things in Mexico, and would like to even move MORE into Mexico. That’s THEIR position. They want to make LESS cars in the United States.

    Then President Trump, the most powerful man in the world… matter of factly… large arms crossed… Billonaire Cufflinks exposed… says “We’re talking about … Manufacturing of MILLIONS of More cars, WITHIN the United States.”

    Negotiate with that.

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    • gunsmithkat says:

      That arms crossed pose says volumes.

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      • noswamp says:

        “That arms crossed pose says volumes.”

        BAM!

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      • brh82 says:

        I fear POTUS does not know that arms crossed is confrontational and should NEVER be used by him, especially when the room is full of media. it’s antithetical to his charismatic reputation being able to charm anybody about anything.

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        • Old Codger says:

          Yeah, right, 50 years of deal-making and POTUS just has no clue as to what “crossed arms” means in body language!
          Turn your (sarc) button on before you post that or are you serious???

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          • brh82 says:

            Body Language isn’t taught any place POTUS has been educated, so you are saying he learned it in the School of Hardknocks. You MAY be correct.

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    • Roger Duroid says:

      NORMALLY, arms crossed is a subconscious posture when someone is defensive and not sure of what they say. In this case PDJT knows that posture will throw them off and does it intentionally. I’ve seen him do that on more than one occasion and I know he isn’t being defensive.

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      • Phil aka Felipe says:

        I’m pugilistic by nature and sometimes have a short fuse.

        Instead of being a defensive posture, crossing my arms is a self-restraint to keep my first impulse in check, i.e. to keep my fists from flying.

        I agree with you, “I know he isn’t being defensive.”

        To me, it shows POTUS has had enough of this crap.

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      • treehouseron says:

        With him it’s much more of a champion’s swagger I think. It makes him look huge and formidable. It’s not defensive if you’re the boss.

        It’s this kind of an arm cross….

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      • bour3 says:

        I noticed this too in his previous cabinet videos when the media was surprised to be allowed to record. I read his crossed arms as blocking. Protecting his position and blocking assault. When they talk to him they must get through that. When they’re not talking directly to him he observes from protected position. That is, he is not really open for discussion. Best make it very good if you expect whatever you have to penetrate.

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      • L. Gee says:

        I haven’t watched the video yet, but I noticed his posture right off the bat, too. To me, he’s not broadcasting defensiveness so much as . . . . obstinance, a stubborn refusal to back down! He’s saying loud and clear, “I’m not budging from my position, but you can do your damndest to make me try!!! . . . . still not budging; keep trying. Oh, good one, but, nope, that didn’t work either!! Try again!”

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    • Sylvia Avery says:

      Honestly, if I were the head of one of these corporations I’d be full on worried about the upcoming election in Mexico. If the socialist wins as it seems he probably will, the outlook is pretty grim for any of their manufacturing concerns in Mexico. WHAT can they be thinking? To heck with NAFTA I’d be looking to exit now.

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      • treehouseron says:

        I’m a simple guy, my thoughts would be like yours.

        “If that Commie wins in Mexico, they might take my company”

        It’s as simple as that.

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        • Sylvia Avery says:

          I know, right? It seems obvious to me but then I’m not a world finance wizard. Maybe there is some way that investing heavily in Mexico and then having that investment stolen, er, I mean nationalized so that your shareholders lose the whole enchilada (sorry) makes financial sense, but if it does it is so opaque I can’t see it.

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          • Lindenlee says:

            There is more than one way of paying a bribe. The MX government is not capabale of running that business, right? What good would it do to expropriate it? No, this is a threat for the payment of bribes and blackmail, and give business to cronies. It is ALL about the cash, not honest production.

            These guys at the table know this, and figure they can pay the bribes, sell the cars at a higher price to the rubes in the US, stuff the cars with MORE cheap Chinese parts (and the lawsuits that will come with the resultant loss of life), let the Mexicans be their partners in crime, and it’s all good.

            Expropriating car plants is not the same as doing it with oil. And the Mexicans couldn’t even keep their wells producing, and then had to bring in GERMAN petroleum engineers to revive them recently. Didn’t even have any MX engineers that could do it. Sheesh.

            Never forget, corruption actually makes people stupid, because they steal what they get, not PRODUCE it.

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            • Shadrach says:

              Except they’re not likely to realize they’re incompetent to run anything, so they’ll take it and wreck it…South Africa case in point.

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              • Lindenlee says:

                Well, yes. Inflated ideas of their own abilities. Rhodesia used to be the breadbasket of Africa, after S. Africa. Now it is Zimbabwe. Ruined.

                Russians never had any experience in self-government before the Berlin Wall fell, so the oligarchs and mobsters took over the country. And Mexicans and most Latin Americans have a big deal about “respect” and “pride”, without the slighest idea of how to EARN it. They simply expect to HAVE it, like a commodity. Clueless.

                There are many things that we, as Americans, take for granted, that are completely absent from countries and cultures that have no heritage of Rule of Law, self-governance, and to be honest, a Northern European Protestant ethic. And that is damn few worldwide, so we can’t assume or presume that any entities from any of these inferior cultures will deal with us fairly or honorably, or even intelligently.

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                • If we all don’t start Trumping our local areas (you know what I mean) little by little it will continue down the path to being zimbabwe HERE.

                  There are billboards everywhere where I live with “plantation” black dimocraps running for any and every office possible. Who is paying for this latest tactic? Soros et al of course.

                  I couldn’t care less that they are black, I care that they are full of insanity krooked klinton style…

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            • Sylvia Avery says:

              See, this explanation right here is why I am not in the world of big corporations and high finance. Your explanation is totally believeable, but it never even occurred to me. Seen from this perspective it all makes sense.

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              • WES says:

                Sylvia: Actually the crony American corporations are not too worried about what happens in Mexico. Socialist can be a big help to these corporations. For example the government will nationalize the unions and then keep wages low while siphoning off union dues into their pockets. The union workers will suffer lower standards of living as a result. In other words socialist are very corruptible!

                What these crony corporations are really worried about is the fact that their bought and paid for US Congress can’t stop what Trump is doing!

                So what is Trump doing? Well he has sidelined the totally corrupt US chamber of commerce again totally owned and paid for by crony corporations! Another bought and paid for organization thrown on top of the useless US Congress scrap pile!

                All Trump has to do is raise the US content requirements for say autos and then impose import duties on any parts not made in the US! The loudest screaming you will hear won’t be from foreigners but from crony American corporations!!!!!!

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                • This chavez wannabe leading the “polls” in mexico was planted there as the “answer to Trump”.

                  We should all recognize the fingerprints all over that excrement! from donahue/CoC/rockefeller republicrats to the krooked klinton-bush crime family/soros et al.

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                • Sylvia Avery says:

                  I look forward to our VSG nailing them.

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                • Lindenlee says:

                  I don’t think he was “planted”. I say this as someone that has a house in Mexico and stay there much of the year. This guy AMLO has been around a long time, and he was mayor of Mexico City and 2000-2005. He has run twice before as a preside dial candidate.

                  Mexican people accept the corruption of their government, but the vast increase in crime and violence from the cartels, and the seeming inability or indifference of the last three inept presidents (including that asshole Vicente Fox, under whose presidency the cartels really increased), has brought the matter to a head. The people are willing to try ANYBODY other then the PRI and the PAN to rule the country.

                  The rural people are so desperate for someone that will i prove their condition that they are willing tontry something new, and of course, AMLO is promising an end to corruption (although his tenure as mayor of MX City was rife with such corruption).

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        • KBR says:

          I am wondering whether they are stupid enough to be saying

          “Oh Goody, I always wanted to try my luck doing business in a FULLY communist country. Getting to fully communistic in the USA is taking too long! I hear the corruption is rampant in communist countries and I wanna get me some!”

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        • 4harrisonblog says:

          No might about just a matter of when they take take it. If democrats get back in power in the next 20 years they will get us there. Nancy, “we will tell you how much you make” and 0bama, “you didn’t build that.”

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        • Tegan says:

          “They might take my company”….they certainly did in Venezuela!

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      • Phil aka Felipe says:

        My thoughts too, Sylvia.

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    • zorrorides says:

      What is it that makes our auto executives, who live here in USA and likely born here also, want to include cheap Chinese parts to make autos in Mex/Can for the USA market? NAFTA was sold to us as (Perot knew better) efficiencies of scale and mutual industrial friendly prosperity in the North American neighborhood.

      Does the only profit margin reside in the Chines parts? Is Mexico incapable of making acceptable auto parts? The combustion engine-hating EPA is being tamed and auto companies can be freed to make cars according to desires of car buyers.

      I’m with Trump. Make the whole dern car in the USA, and then export to those who want to buy American cars.

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      • treehouseron says:

        Well, it’s a super complicated subject but you can look at it a couple ways.

        1. Maybe they’re just jerks and don’t care, profit is all that matters
        2. Perhaps they’d love to make everything in America, but previous politicians (in both parties) have made that very hard to do without going out of business.
        3. Even if they believe President Trump, they worry about long term. If Kamala Harris gets in, all of this gets immediately reversed.

        So it’s really complicated, but the good news is President Trump knows that much better than you or I, and he’s on their level, and is talking to them about it.

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        • usayes says:

          THR: It’s #1. Period. US companies will be leaving MX in droves (it’s already begun) Kabuki theater at the WH today for the automakers IMHO.

          If there are any treeper immigration lawyers, would be interested in hearing if they are getting ANY “TN” Visa applications (Nafta visas for U.S. execs to work in MX). My guess is no. What is the point to a new deal with MX after VSG pulls the plug on Nafta. The back door to Asia will be gone. SO… my guess is that the chief export to the USA from MX in 2020 will be tomatoes. Wanna bet? 🙂

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        • 4harrisonblog says:

          Profits for sure but lack of RIO (return on investments) will get you fired.

          Liked by 2 people

        • jmclever says:

          W.r.t. #3 President Trump is doing everything by the book, so it will be much more difficult for future presidents to un do what’s being done by the Trump admin. Rule by pen and phone is easier to undo than abiding by the constitution. Especially when yo place good judges

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      • Martin says:

        I’m not sure about Mex assembly workers, but the Big 3 are saddled with union costs. That’s yuge, on top of the vehicle cost. Sure, they might head a company, but the union steers its politics. Few of the makers who’ve located in the South have made that mistake.

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        • BobBoxBody says:

          They can do what Toyota did and build their factories in non-Union states (like TN).

          Liked by 4 people

        • Kate says:

          Martin, you are correct, we use to only buy GM cars until the bailout to the auto manufacturing unions to keep General Motors and Chrysler with our tax money in business, it made me angry so no more.

          Liked by 4 people

          • Martin says:

            My entire family, too (except for one uncle who was stuck on Dodge) and cousins still work for GM. No more for me, either. I’m quite happy with my TN-built Nissan.

            Oddly, one of my cousins is pro-union, the other isn’t. Oh, the arguments! It’s Government Motors to me now, and will forever have the Ozero taint. I refuse to subsidize the DNC.

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        • Hoosier says:

          Fixing crappy union contracts is pretty simple. My wife is an engineer at an auto parts manufacturer. Over the last 20 years there have been 8 Chapter 11’s.

          Collective Bargaining Agreements

          Union contracts, or collective bargaining agreements, are not safe in Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In fact, some companies have filed Chapter 11 cases with the express intention of using the bankruptcy laws to seek negotiation of new terms even though the union contract has not expired.

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    • fleporeblog says:

      Our President has ALREADY WON! Everyone in that room knows it and their is NOTHING they can do about it! Time is literally not on their side.

      https://www.reuters.com/article/us-trade-nafta/nafta-talks-enter-critical-week-with-u-s-still-pushing-hard-line-idUSKBN1I80BK?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5af07f2204d30118fea2d7c8&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

      From the article linked above:

      Guajardo earlier told El Heraldo newspaper that if a deal could not be reached, “we would be operating what some analysts have called ‘Zombie NAFTA’ … (one) that isn’t dead and isn’t modernized”.

      THIS IS THE MOST CRITICAL PIECE IN THE ARTICLE!

      *******************Business executives complain that uncertainty over the future of the 1994 agreement is hurting investment.**********************************

      It is unclear where the United States might give ground to win a quick deal. The Trump administration has embraced confrontational policies in its dealings on trade.

      Our President and his Killers understand that UNCERTAINTY will ultimately kill NAFTA over a period of a few years. It has already started!

      Listening to the interview above. The reporter states at the end that the longer their is uncertainty with NAFTA, the more likely companies are going to open up businesses in the USA 🇺🇸 instead of Canada 🇨🇦!

      Mexico 🇲🇽 is in far worse shape than Canada 🇨🇦. Not only is a Marxist about to take over as President, they as a country are well on their way to 30,000 murders this year. It would set a dubious record. Corporations will get the hell out of Mexico as quickly as humanly possible to come back to the US.

      http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/04/12/streets-cancun-run-red-with-14-murders-in-36-hours.html

      From the article linked above:

      Mexico’s most popular holiday hotspot has become overrun with drug gangs, as violence in the tourist party town escalates to unprecedented levels.

      Cancun has seen 14 murders in just 36 hours — the highest ever in the country’s recorded history, according to Noticaribe.

      The latest violence on April 4 saw 14 people killed and at least five others left with gunshot wounds, in six separate instances in the party town.

      https://www.onenewsnow.com/national-security/2018/04/23/mexico-77k-pre-election-murders-in-last-3-mos

      From the article linked above:

      As Mexico prepares to vote for a new president this summer, Mexican drug cartels are warning politicians to “drop out or be killed,” and the murder rate shot up 20 percent after 7,667 were violently killed in the first quarter this year.

      GAME, SET & MATCH!

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      • KBR says:

        I think the executives do not care a whit how many employees and auto workers in Mexico get killed as long as their pockets are filled.

        In the USA there are unions. In Mexico paying the cartels protection money is cheaper.

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        • fleporeblog says:

          True but once the Marxist takes over, the factory and anything that isn’t tied down becomes free game. They will run naked to cross the border!

          Liked by 2 people

          • WES says:

            Flep: In the short run the socialist are more likely to nationalize the unions and siphoning union dues into their pockets since they can’t run anything. Mean while Canada’s Truedope is smoking a joint!

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            • ALL the “isms” are the same thing, totalitarian feudalism. Ownership of the HUMAN, period.

              It’s like gun control isn’t that at all, it’s PEOPLE control.

              We really must correct the narrative to stop wasting time chasing down dead-end conclusions based on FAKE ideologies designed to do exactly what “we” end up doing. “Discussing”, “arguing” the “differences”. There aren’t any!

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          • Where they can be turned around to run naked right back from where they started.

            No more border crossers. None.

            I still say shut down ALL immigration for 50 to 100 years, this isn’t even America anymore already. We are truly outnumbered by people that hate us. Some born here that have never worked a day in the their miserable existence hence dindonuffin to ever provide a meal for themselves.

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      • TMonroe says:

        They want certainty as opposed to uncertainty, the president can give that to them….

        Liked by 2 people

      • They all better get a grip. AMERICA FIRST a-holes… no more suckin’ the UNIPARTY globalist teat, get your own crap together if you want to compete.

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    • Li'l D in the Big D says:

      And don’t forget his tail end comment about exporting what is manufactured here, thus the reverse of what we now have -paraphrased.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Zeus says:

      Poor Larry looks like he got the bay leaf in his soup bowl and he ate it.

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    • I look at the crossed arms as that stance a father takes when the kids have been behaving just awful while the adults were away. And now that the sheriff is back in town there’s gonna be a reckoning. And if there isn’t a change in behavior REAL SOON we’re liable to see em all get taken out back for a whuppin’. 😉

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  8. wheatietoo says:

    I’m thinking Rat Ryan isn’t done screwing us over.

    Liked by 18 people

    • Roger Duroid says:

      I hope he saw something in Saudi Arabia that scared the hell out of him and makes him behave until he can get out of Dodge.

      Liked by 10 people

    • Sylvia Avery says:

      I just can’t wait for him to go away. Until he does, he won’t stop screwing us over. And maybe not even then. Horrible man.

      Liked by 4 people

    • KBR says:

      Having announced that he is not seeking reelection, he is free to do whatever nasty deeds he can do to harm the people who voted in PDJT and

      Who had basically ignored his several so called Better Way Plans, all of which were antithetical to what PDJT introduced.

      PDJT has given us the Best Way for the USA citizens, not Ryan’s better way for the DACA.

      So expect nothing good from Ryan, especially since we got not much good from Ryan in the past anyway.

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      • bob says:

        well, he resigned for a REASON that reason will keep him in check

        Liked by 3 people

        • KBR says:

          Source for below quotes:!

          https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-trump-idUSKCN12C2I5

          Remember this? And FOCUS your attention on the final paragraph!

          After the Ocala Florida rally in which Trump described her [Hillary Clinton] as corrupt and unqualified for the presidency and just ONE MONTH before the election, in October 2016,
          Quote>
          “Ryan said…he was no longer going to campaign for or defend Trump and advised House Republicans not to support the White House candidate if they did not want to.”

          Trump’s response to being abandoned by Ryan 😡the country’s most senior elected Republican, has veered between saying he feels free now to campaign on his own terms and assailing Ryan and other disloyal Republicans.

          “Already the Republican nominee has a massive disadvantage and especially when you have the leaders not putting their weight behind the people,” the New York businessman said on Wednesday, complaining that Ryan and others had not called to congratulate him on what he felt was a strong performance at a debate against Clinton on Sunday.

          “You’d think they’d say great going Don, let’s go. Let’s beat this crook,” Trump said.

          “No, he doesn’t do that,” he added of Ryan, as the crowd booed in sympathy. “There is a whole deal going on there. There is a whole deal going on and we’re going to figure it out. I always figure things out. But there’s a whole sinister deal going on.”🔥🔥🔥
          < End quote

          The whole deal…that Republican Nominee Trump was going to figure out?

          Well from the number of RINO's dropping out, we can safely assume that PDJT figured it out. 😉🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸😃

          Bye Ryan.

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          • WES says:

            KBR: With Ryan and the many others leaving Congress it is all about the money! They need to leave now to collect whatever rewards were promised to them by their crony pals.

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        • Ha! He’s probably already been recruited for the next hussein/kerry world tour of anti-Trump/American speeches.

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    • MGBSE says:

      He’s not…he intends to please his owners – the American worker hating chamber of commerce – and pass DACA amnesty before he leaves.

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    • MouseChop says:

      Wheatietoo, can’t you just hear the alarms going off? Rat bast,,, TD is telling little Rat Ryan exactly how to stick it to us. You know something evil is going to be unleashed as a last ditch effort.
      Good riddance NAFTA! Thank you Father God and Holy Spirit come.

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    • MaineCoon says:

      Totaly think CoC Donohue will give Rat Ryan a big parting bonus if he can pull off one more back stapping deal to POTUS and us and in favor of MexCan.

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  9. litlbit2 says:

    Just would like to say Thank You.. Do not know who is in charge of the audio for this clip, but thank you very much for cutting the mic 🎤 sparing USA the embarrassment of the a$$wipes as they were order to leave the room to the adults.

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    • wendy forward says:

      I can never get over how much that woman telling the idiots it’s time to go reminds me of a teacher with a bunch of unruly kindergartners.

      Liked by 7 people

  10. intercesser says:

    Pres. Trump’s track record is encouraging . He just walks away from bad deals , in order to be able to get a good deal . No deals just to save face . Forget your face . Get a good deal for America and the American people , or goodbye .

    Liked by 4 people

    • KBR says:

      President Trump does not do anything for “saving face.”
      If he did, he would have been cowed before the media like most Repubs.

      Because the MSM talking faces have been actively trying to remove Trump- “face” since escalator day, yet falling flat on their…wait for it…
      🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓
      Azzes!

      Bet you thought I was gonna say faces.😁

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    • Rhoda R says:

      You have no idea how refreshing that is. Too often the US Government has negotiated from a position that there HAS to be an agreement and that agreement HAS to be reached by a certain date. Guess who is carrying the pressure in those negotiations.

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  11. fleporeblog says:

    Our President and his KILLERS are so far ahead of the 2 POS from Canada and Mexico!

    As for our RINOs, our President and Lighthizer have a plan that will put them in a
    take it or leave it scenario IF NAFTA 2.0 were to occur.

    From the article linked above:

    It could be called President Donald Trump’s version of “take it, or leave it.”

    As top-level ministers gathered in Washington toward the end of this week, the Trump administration has already been thinking about how to get a new NAFTA agreement through both chambers of Congress.

    One strategy that has seemed to gain favor is to force a congressional approval on the new NAFTA by withdrawing from the existing pact even before the new one is ready. The thinking is that Congress will have to approve whatever terms are in the new deal quickly, lest the U.S. is left hanging without an agreement with two of its largest trading partners.

    U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is said to have advocated for
    such an approach, according to current and former administration officials.

    The strategy, which has been under consideration for months, figures that Congress may not act on the new agreement, preferring the status quo instead.

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  12. gunsmithkat says:

    The auto guys are going to cave, it’s the only way they can keep their Mexican and Canadian operations afloat.

    Liked by 2 people

    • noswamp says:

      Trump doesn’t care if they cave or not. He walks if its a bad deal. And we know he will because he literally made Eurpoe lose billions potentially on pulling out of the Iran deal, I heard that even Boeing lost millions.
      Trump just cares about America! What President. No doubt in my mind that he pulls out of NAFTA if MX and Canada do not play ball.

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  13. wendy forward says:

    Such precious babies (the Wolverines). Our CTH one is the cutest IMHO.

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  14. Landslide says:

    President Trump says Canada and Mexico “don’t like to lose the golden goose.” 😄 Bringing truth right to their faces! “We’re not going to be the stupid people anymore.”

    Liked by 18 people

  15. Earl & Pearl Tourist says:

    They all should have seen this coming and starting packing it up in Nov of 2016. Especially with the current political winds in Mexico.

    The other solution is to create the USNA, the United States of NORTH AMERICA. Under our VSGPDJT, of course.

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  16. fleporeblog says:

    Look what happened to the UAE! There is a new sheriff in town and you will NO longer take advantage of our country!

    They got away with murder under Obama. That SH…….T stopped as of today. Now they will pay and pay dearly and still smile as they take their medicine!

    From the article linked above:

    The new trade agreement will include an explicit admission by UAE that subsidizing airlines harms foreign competitors, reversing three years of denying those accusations. The UAE also agrees to:

    * Freeze any new “fifth freedom” flight routes, under which UAE companies could fly routes directly between the United States and other foreign countries, harming the ability of United, American Airlines, and Delta to compete in those same routes.

    *Reporting any new transactions involving Emirates Air and Etihad.

    *Requiring Emirates Air and Etihad to fully pay for new airport construction and development, which previously had been subsidized by the UAE government.

    *Operating in a transparent manner according to international accounting standards, ensuring compliance with the terms of this agreement.

    *Meet with U.S. representatives in one year to review the results of implementing the new agreement.

    Any violations of this deal could result in the United States invoking Article 15 of the agreement, under which America could disallow any flights by UAE-owed airlines in the United States, with devastating consequences to those foreign airlines.

    THAT IS AN AMERICA FIRST AGREEMENT!

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    • thesavvyinvester says:

      Flep, for over 2 YEARS an airline pilot friend of my has been on a screed about this, and a sidebar is they have been nudging flights to Israel out of the picture making it difficult to get to the promised land. My guess is PDJT has just got the vote of almost every airline pilot here in America, as if he didn’t have them already. A note to the incoming crews was a regular occurrence I hear during 16′ and it was ABC, Anybody But Clinton.

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  17. Phil aka Felipe says:

    “But, I’m representing the United States. I’m not representing Mexico. And, I’m not representing Canada.” – President Donald J. Trump

    This one of a myriad of reasons I voted for this man.

    I am thankful, the LORD of Hosts, in His Providence, provided him on the ballot so I/we had such an easy, worthwhile and satisfying choice!

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  18. fleporeblog says:

    The European Union is about to choose who they will want to deal with going forward. The clock is ticking. We are down to less than 90 days to decide!

    Liked by 15 people

    • FofBW says:

      Choose the Holy Grail very wisely indeed!

      Liked by 2 people

    • KBR says:

      EU, answer this: who can guarantee that Hassan Rouhanii, the Mullahs’pick, will still be President of Iran in 90 days?

      The Iranians are not seeming very happy with the mullahs nor the mullah puppet.

      Will his successor keep the deals Rouhani made? Very doubtful.

      Are you really ready to fight the USA by sanctions-breaking?

      Gonna make your OWN selves military superpowers, right?
      WHEN? Before 90 days are up? Seems you have forgotten the time it takes.
      HOW? with an all-radical-Muslim army?
      Before arming and training your very own Muslim terrorists, y’all better think that through, infidels. They might take YOUR whitey heads before they bother trying to fight us. ‘Cause they do not LIKE multikulti, Merkel, just their own kulti.

      WITH WHAT MONEY?
      You didn’t even have the budget to pay your pitifully small 2% amounts you agreed to pay NATO.
      And that inability to keep up with your 2% was back when American’s tax dollars were free-flowing in via Paris Accord, and unfair trade deals, so how ya gonna afford that superpower status now?

      EU. Stop talking trash. You embarrass yourselves.

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      • fleporeblog says:

        Great 👍 post!

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      • Lindenlee says:

        There was some Democrat scum on Fox about 1:30 EST today, talking about how rash our Lion’s decision was on Iran, how he should have talked with our allies in Europe before, and spent months coming to a mutual agreement, etc., how he threw our poor European allies to the wolves, etc.

        Wanted to punch him out, what an ass… Yes, let’s sit around and “talk” endlessly, with people who STILL can’t get it together to put their 2% into NATO, despite all the clear demands and the pati3nce from our Lion, STILL talking about the Paris Accord, STILL yapping about old “solutions” that clearly don’t work, while Iran gets its nukes.

        Yeah, right. He thinks we are stupid.

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    • Joemama says:

      This a bit off topic, but why does the image show a left handshake between the US & the EU?

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  19. Michael says:

    Giant sucking sound.

    Liked by 16 people

    • FofBW says:

      I totally supported Ross, but we were like a voice drying in the wilderness.

      Not any longer!!!

      Liked by 7 people

    • KBR says:

      Apparently he noticed that sound when all textile manufacturing was sucked outta NC and into the other side of the world 10-15 years before he said that.

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      • treehouseron says:

        I own some little buildings in a small town in South Carolina, has a population of 700, the local Mill employed over 500 people. Closed down about 2004. Direct hit from Nafta, dried up the entire town, now there’s nothing there but a GAS STATION. They don’t even have a police department anymore.

        We’re bringing it back, and word on the street is that three different companies are looking at moving production into the old mill property (which is in great shape).

        I don’t live there, but I go there every weekend. Things are slowly turning around.

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        • KBR says:

          That is great news treehouseron! Are they moving textiles production back in, or something else?

          Liked by 3 people

          • treehouseron says:

            Not sure yet, just the word around town is that they’ve shown the property to three companies recently. The company was Spartan Mills, it eventually closed in 2001, here’s an article from 1999 talking about them closing a couple of their plants…and WHY. As you can see, the things they were complaining about them President Trump is attempting to fix NOW.
            ——————————–
            One Spartan Mills plant is closing and another is downsizing, resulting in a loss of 365 jobs for Spartanburg County. Spartan Mills announced Wednesday it would begin immediately phasing out production and closing its John H. Montgomery facility in Chesnee unless a buyer can be found for the facility by Nov. 5. The closing would leave 200 workers without jobs. The downsizing of the spinning and weaving operations at the company’s Spartan Plant in Spartanburg will displace 165 workers, leaving 35 to operate the facility, according to Janet Thompson, director of employee relations for the company. Reorganization also will take place at the Spartan Mills headquarters in the next few months, Thompson said.

            The exact number of jobs has not been determined. “It’s a sad day for Spartan Mills,” Thompson said. “We will try to place as many as possible in other Spartan Mills facilities.” A hiring freeze will be in effect at Spartan Mills’ Cherokee Finishing facility in Gaffney and at the Rosemont facility in Jonesville in an attempt to place as many as interested before the Nov. 5 deadline. Walter S. Montgomery Jr., chairman of Spartan Mills, addressed employees at both facilities, discussing the plans for building a healthier company. After studying the alternatives, Montgomery said, the company had decided to continue to manufacture textile products for the home furnishings, knitting, healthcare and decorative/industrial markets and would acquire fabrics and services from other companies to meet customers’ needs. Unfortunately, John H. Montgomery and the Spartan Plant, did not fit that plan, he said. “This decision has been a very difficult one for me personally with the long association my family, and I have with these two plants and the wonderful people who have worked there,” Montgomery said. “Spartan Mills will continue in business, and we can wait no longer to take these drastic steps.”

            Montgomery said that in the past five years, the company has seen a growth in the number of imported fabrics and textile products, forcing Spartan Mills to sell products at a cheaper cost. The company can no longer continue to take a loss, he said. Roger Milliken, chairman and CEO of Milliken & Co. describes the jobs lost as a tragedy for Spartanburg County. “The tragic consequences of our nation’s failed policies are being played out in communities all over this great nation,” Milliken said. “Today it came home to Spartanburg where Spartan Mills closed two textile plants and ended the livelihoods of over 300 fellow South Carolinians.”

            Manufacturing companies are being forced to close or move offshore because of uncontrolled imports and cheaper labor, Milliken said. “All the laid-off American workers get, if they are lucky, is the meager Trade Adjustment Assistance that was just awarded to Burlington Industries’ 2,900 separated employees by the Department of Labor. This is a needless American tragedy.” But the cost of raw materials is also a factor, according to Kay Norwood, a textile analyst with Interstate/Johnson Lane in Charlotte, N.C. Prices will vary in those spinning synthetic fibers and those using cotton, she said. Synthetics are cheaper, she said and that, coupled with lower labor costs, makes some textiles producers suffer. “If we don’t see a letup in the pricing of imports, more manufactured products will leave the U.S.,” Norwood said. “They can do it cheaper overseas or in Mexico. U.S. garment producers are disappearing.”

            Frank Hunter, an associate professor at the Clemson University School of Textiles, said he tries to remain optimistic in a day and age where textiles seem to be suffering the most. Hunter said he would be a rich man if he had the answers to their problems. “Some mills are going full blast with all the orders they can say grace over,” Hunter said. “And others, are experiencing tough times. It depends on what they are producing.” The labor costs are the biggest factor as textile businesses like Spartan Mills fight to stay competitive, according to Hunter. While the price for raw materials is essentially the same in areas throughout the world, the rate of pay differs.

            While employees in the U.S. might make $10 to $12 an hour, Hunter said some areas overseas are paying employees 30 cents to $1 an hour. Hunter, who worked for Spartan Mills before teaching about textiles, said the one thing that always struck him about the company was its compassion. He said the Montgomery family never wanted to close a mill. “Local people are involved with Spartan Mills – names everyone recognizes – not a corporate giant,” Hunter said. “It’s a sense of family and they have a lot of compassion for their employees.” Hunter said it is good the company is recognizing what it needs to do now, rather than later. “If a company has marginal plants draining on plants doing well, the bottom line looks good, but for how long,” Hunter said. “If you wait a while to make the cuts – it could mean taking a double dose in loss.” Spartan Mills also operates the Cherokee Finishing plant in Gaffney, the Rosemont Plant in Jonesville, the Jefferson Plant in Jefferson, the Cleveland-CaroKnits Lawndale Plant in Lawndale, N.C., King Finishing in Statesboro, Ga., and J.P. King Manufacturing in Augusta, Ga.

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            • treehouseron says:

              Just to clarify, that article is from 1999, the entire company eventually shut down every plant and went out of business in 2001, our plant was one of the last to close. Also notice the last paragraph where the gentleman talks about how compassionate the company was. That’s been what I’ve heard from former employees in the town, too.

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        • MouseChop says:

          Thank you for sharing your experience,treehouseron. And a bunch of “at a boys” for maintaining your real estate. A property that shows pride of ownership will net you top dollar. Especially, in a turn around market. I have a feeling you will be blessed beyond belief. If you have to pay the 15% capital gains tax, then shove every receipt for every penny it took to maintain your investment down the throats of those blood sucking bastards.
          BTW I am not an accountant.

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          • treehouseron says:

            The fact of the matter is, I wasn’t there when the town dried up. I showed up 7 years later when all the property was dirty cheap and thought “MY LORD”. So I slowly bought some old main street properties for almost nothing, and have repaired them, we’ve got several rented and others being renovated right now. You can see it slowwwwwly turning back around, but the devastation to the town was unbelievable. The bank even went out of business! once the mill went out, nobody had any money so all the other shops in town closed. So for instance

            – One building was a restaurant, it’s now closed.
            – Next building was a bait & tackle shop, it closed
            – Next building was a consignment store, it closed
            – Next building was a small cafe, it closed
            – Next building was a hardware store, it closed
            – next building was a bank, it closed
            – Next building was a mortgage company, it closed
            – Next building was an upholstery shop, it closed
            – Next building was a movie rental place, it closed
            – Next building was a cabinet maker, it closed
            – Next building was a furniture store, it closed

            So when we got to town… there was no town. Now there’s 1 restaurant, 2 photography studios, a little consignment shop, etc. a tiny grocery store, etc. all of the old buildings are slowly filling back up, each new store makes the town a little more lively.

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            • treehouseron says:

              I forgot the lumber yard that went out of business. We looked at it a couple weeks ago, entire roof is caving in now!

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              • KBR says:

                Same stories all over. Very sad.
                Those small towns were great places too.
                I hope things start growing again. But still it will not be like it was. Those times are gone.

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    • wheatietoo says:

      President Trump was speaking out against NAFTA back then, too.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Landslide says:

      His son, however, is ALL IN for NAFTA & TPP.

      Recent interview with Maria on Fox Business:

      Liked by 1 person

      • TMonroe says:

        And tpp went bye bye. They can still negotiate up all of the beneficial stuff, but leave out the international corporate courts that reportedly would trump the laws of a given country. Ending nafta and starting from scratch also allows trade deals that make sense for us, but you have to end the current one first.

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    • Ben says:

      Would have been a good president.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Cow wow says:

      I remember Ross saying that like it was just yesterday!

      Liked by 3 people

      • treehouseron says:

        It makes you wonder if the Lord was trying to use Ross like he’s using Trump right now, but Ross didn’t have the gumption to go through with it. If I remember correctly he dropped out because he was afraid for his daughter’s life….

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    • McGuffin says:

      Ross rocked. I still have his campaign button; WE’RE IN DEEP VOODOO

      Liked by 2 people

    • noswamp says:

      Video.
      Perot sounded like a prophet. And he sounded so much like Trump. Remarkable.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Serena says:

      How right he was. Looking back now at all the things he predicted coming true, I wish he would have won. Very smart man.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Janeka says:

      I remember that debate, also remember his “townhall” meetings and the alligator foot pointer..loved that pointer.. Everything he said then is true today.. Yes I voted for him too, it was truly a sad day when he lost.. NAFTA has sat like large large rock in the middle of my living room since day one. The Uniparty didnt even take note of the % of votes he got from around the country. That was the writing on the wall, or at the least an advanced warning, that the people are getting fed up with their thievery and lack of integrity..

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  20. Pam says:

    He made it very clear in that short Q & A with the presstitues that he is representing the U.S. and NOT Mexico or Canada. You know that kind of statement does make the CoC very happy. 😉

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  21. MK says:

    PDJT has a worthy goal. I hope that this DACA discharge petition is thwarted because Speaker Ryan may be looking to use it as leverage against PDJT’s moves to probably exit NAFTA or just make it a dead letter in economic terms.

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  22. FofBW says:

    PT is weaning the world from America.

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  23. woodstuff says:

    Funny how auto companies send manufacturing abroad to save money, but the price of cars at USA dealerships continue to rise. Shouldn’t the price of cars go down?

    Where’s Waldo?

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  24. jack says:

    I like the sculpture on the table behind the president of what appears to be a “huge Bull fighting a tiny wolf.”

    Maybe you guys can make a blow up of it and put a funny caption on it …. Trump vs Fake News … or other funny perspectives.

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  25. scott467 says:

    “Canada and Mexico are fighting to retain the loophole; they have built their trade and economic model upon it for the past three decades.”

    _____________________

    So Canadia and Mexico are like sovereign nation ‘pimps’ who want to sit around and do nothing while the money rolls in for pimping America to the international crime syndicates.

    Real nice. Great neighbors. True allies.

    Their entire economic ‘model’ depends on this corruption, this ‘pimping’. That makes them worse than simple parasites and leeches.

    Trump is threatening to cut off all their ‘Johns’ access, which means Mexico and Canadia will have to find some other way to make money, something that is at least as lucrative as pimping America and which doesn’t require any actual work.

    There would be much less resistance, and the transition would be much less traumatic for Canadia and Mexico, if only there was something they could do that would bring in the same amount of money for basically doing nothing besides providing access for international ‘Johns’ to screw America.

    That’s the problem criminals who want to go straight always have: how else can I make so much easy money legitimately?

    And nobody has a good answer for that question, because there isn’t one.

    So they will resist to the bitter end, because there is no ‘Plan B’, and never has been.

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    • Lindenlee says:

      FABULOUS!! THIS is what I try to tell people about Mexico, and other entities built on corruption.

      Corrupted entities produce NOTHING, and have actually lost any ability to do so. There is no. Innovation, creativity, hard work, excellence of product, service, growth, or anything else. Why should the corrupted put any effort into anything, if they can just extort or steal it? This is why Puerto Rico will never be able to “rebuild”… I doesn’t have the raw materials… Like all of the above.

      Great post.

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    • WES says:

      Scott467: No Truedope won’t resist! He is too busy lighting up a joint to care!

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  26. McGuffin says:

    hahaha the White House uses sphere cubes in the water.

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  27. parteagirl says:

    I noticed how Trump stopped the introductions to highly praise the manufacturer who is moving his plant from Mexico to Michigan. Trump knows how to motivate others better than just about anyone. This kind of praise and appreciation in front of others is a key strategic technique that has been used by business managers for ions. Dale Carnegie has a whole chapter dedicated to it. Way to go, Mr. Trump! Show those politicians how it’s done!

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    • treehouseron says:

      I was thinking about that the other day! When I saw him tweet Candace Owens. I was thinking “That’s just old school business stuff”

      I think Zig Ziglar (it may have been someone else, can’t remember) used to tell everybody if you’d write 10 thank you letters each morning you’d have more business than you can handle eventually.

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  28. scott467 says:

    ““This is not a statutory deadline, but a timeline and calendar deadline,” Strong said by email.”

    ______________________

    Yeah. ‘Cuz ‘deadlines’ are real important to a government that doesn’t even obey their own internal guidelines and policies, much less the Rule of Law.

    What will they ever do, if a ‘deadline’ passes?

    Put on your seat-belts and prepare for the world itself to stop spinning and come to a screeching halt.

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  29. MfM says:

    At first I thought Trump looked tired, but I think his face is thinner… which could mean he’s loosing some of the weight that the doctor was bugging him about.

    The media, comics and pundits which downplayed Trump’s intelligence and abilities to handle complex negotiations are actually helping now. People aren’t prepared for his knowledge and skills. They think they can manipulate him, and they are wrong.

    In the last few days he’s been doing the scheduled duties of the President, the various meetings that have been scheduled for months… but also dealt with the Iran deal, North Korea and a middle of the night jaunt out to the airport and then a rally last night. Now he’s got a high powered meeting in the Roosevelt Room with the guys who want to save NAFTA.

    I know it was a big group, but it’s interesting who meets where with Trump, the Generals get the Cabinet Room. This group gets only the Roosevelt Room.

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    • treehouseron says:

      That is funny about the rooms. I wonder if after he moved into the President’s quarters, if he called up somebody on the maintenance team to ask them how stable the rooms were upstairs!

      I’m sure you know, but to those who don’t, the White House was in really bad shape in the 50’s with floors collapsing and everything else, they gutted the entire interior and rebuilt all the rooms including the entire upper floor.

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  30. scott467 says:

    “It is presumed, this is the same message Paul Ryan delivered to Chrystia Freeland.”

    _____________

    I would not presume anything but treason from Paul Ryan.

    He has a good long neck.

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  31. KingArthur says:

    That’s all folks! Trump never backpedals when he calls out these shady deals. He’s railed against NAFTA for years. It’s gone. Thank God for this man. Never thought I’d see a President like this. Perot sounds like a time traveler too, btw. Trump has been blessed with a prophetic gift.

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    • noswamp says:

      King Arthur: you take what Perot said back then nearly 30 years ago and today, and its the same exact thing. Clinton and Bush looked weak next to Perot. They were puppets. Perot was the leader.

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  32. drdeb says:

    RE: Paul Ryan. He was NEVER really re-elected to congress. He was cheated in through Reince Priebus and Scott Walker who ordered the voting machines to be changed to Soros friendly cheating ones so he could steal votes from Paul Nehlen. America watched and America saw! MAGA!

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    • KBR says:

      Now Scott Walker is helping the dems defeat him in the gov race IMO by repeating the dem talking points! Blue wave is coming, he tweets. Who favors the opposition talking points while campaigning? Somebody that wants out.

      So the three cheesehead amigos Preibus, Ryan, and likely throw-the-race Scott, all three RINOs who are NOT pro Trump, might be all “spending more time with their children.”
      Maybe they’ll start up a business for after school daycare…in a nonextradition country…

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      • WES says:

        KBR: They are all leaving while the leaving is good! That means cashing in on their rewards for past favours! With Trump draining the swamp’s lobbying money they need to grab the money now because soon there be no money to be had! All of the swamp’s lobbyists are now floundering in the mud since Trump made lobbyists jobs irrelevant! Try bribing Trump! He can’t be bribed for love or money! When the mud in DC finally dries there will be dead lobbyists everywhere! Haven’t you notice all the vultures circling DC these days! Trump vultures!

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  33. dude1394 says:

    Let’s see. A 1.3 trillion omnibus bill can be cobbled together in about a week, but this has a “set calendar”. I call bull****.

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  34. Kathy says:

    Wired sources on Twitter said that Paul Ryan is retiring by Memorial Day. I hope it is true.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Mickey Wasp says:

      Wired Sources is reporting Ryan is stepping down from “Speakership”.
      IMO (if he does step down before Memorial Day) is a plan to keep a MAGA type congressman from attaining the speakership – he will ‘campaign’ for one of his clones. Once they’re in the speakership roll before the mid-terms and certainly before the new congress next year – very hard to dislodge.

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  35. Minnie says:

    “Mexico and Canada do not want to lose the Golden Goose, but I represent America”

    Yes, sir, and you do so, exquisitely.

    Thank you for leading our Beloved United States of America back to prosperity.

    🇺🇸🦁🇺🇸

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  36. Oldschool says:

    In these moments, I fall in love with this man all over again.

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  37. ADDgolfer says:

    $Billions invested and $Trillions expected. Now entering the realm of those who sit at the table of globalism. Decades in the making, they will not be denied.
    This realm troubles me the most.

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    • Centuries, actually. And it should trouble all of us into ACTION of our own. Think local, ACT local.

      Your locality is definitely already infested with these sumb!tches minions. I’ve been all over the nation, they are literally everywhere…

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      • ADDgolfer says:

        The billions invested. the trillions to be made, and the decades of planning, was pertaining of what had been written in this article.
        The troubling concern, “they” have failed to stop the president with the lies and corruption, they’ll up their game. There is no one of Trump’s caliber nor anyone waiting on deck with the heart and capability of advancing his agenda . They know this.

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  38. bulwarker says:

    There is a reason the FORD rep is sitting at DJT’s right hand. It goes Pruitt, Ford guy, DJT, Kudlow, Cho. Why would one of their reps be right beside the president and not an administration official…. Whatever direction Trump is going take look to Ford to be his champion.

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    • thesavvyinvester says:

      Very astute of you BulWalker, I noticed it too, why this CEO as your right hand man, instead of a cabinet member. Note, on the Campaign trail then Candidate Trump was brutal to Ford and the then CEO Mark Fields pushed back, he’s gone now, and that is unrelated to PDJT. However perhaps PDJT like you mentioned is looking for an ally in Hackett. FWIW, I am not impressed with him as CEO and see him as place holder until the board finds someone better, but that is just my 2 cents…

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  39. Mickey Wasp says:

    “Paul Ryan says he needs notice of a Nafta deal by May 17 if the current Congress is going to be able to vote on it” But, now it is being reported Ryan will step down from ‘leadership’…
    The secretive republican Tuesday Group is moving on “centrist” or democrat leaning policies before they resign or forced into retirement.

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  40. MaineCoon says:

    I never trusted lyin’ Ryan. Also hoped he’d come around and help POTUS with MAGA. All I think he gave him was the tax reform, but it was for CoC really. His buds benefitted. I’m glad he’s leaving. POTUS deserves better. He works too hard for us to have a back stabbing Ryan around. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

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    • Lindenlee says:

      And the Pubbie swampers are now pushing MORE “tax reform” as the 2018 midterm theme, for their “donor class” gievaway. They may TALK about making the tax reform permanent for the peons, but behind it all will be more giveaways to the globalists. They are assiduously avoiding the critical issues of immigration, trade, voter integrity, etc.

      They think we are stupid, but THEY are stupid.

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  41. free2313 says:

    Well, personally I am not sure exactly how the North American Free Trade Agreement was all worked out, but I cannot believe the American Trade Team just allowed Mexico and Canada to have the upper hand in these trade negotiations and agreements.
    The narrative implies that Mexico and Canada were so much more powerful and more clever than their American counterparts. No one believes that! Entities in America became very very wealthy because of these trade deficits, and it certainly wasn’t the American public.
    Obviously the culprits were/are CoC , bankers, corporations and many politicians (The Corrupt Selfish Americans)were the true financial beneficiary of the NAFTA deal. So, lets us put blame where it belongs on these (Corrupt Selfish Americans).
    Just as the Mexican and Canadian Governments have very little power in their current negotiations with the Trump NAFTA renegotiations.
    And that is why Trump’s Fair and Reciprocal new NAFTA deal will be easily passed.

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    • WES says:

      Free2313: You hit the nail right on it’s head! Yes crony American corporations owned all three countries negotiators! Hard to lose when you are negotiating with yourself!

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    • 6x47 says:

      I did my senior thesis on NAFTA in 1993. The architects of the agreement were very concerned that the massive, sophisticated US economy would engulf the smaller less developed economy of Mexico (not so much Canada), turning Mexico into an economic vassal of American corporations. Therefore, Mexico (and to a lesser extent Canada) were given special privileges to offset the perceived advantages of the US.

      At the time, the primary concern was the European Union becoming a force to rival the United States, hence the countermeasure of creating a North American economic union to offset. Nobody was thinking of China getting into the WTO or being granted MFN at the time.

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  42. In a sane country, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland would be detained, expelled from the country, and declared persona non grata for meeting with legislators instead of US diplomats. Sadly, we aren’t living in a sane country, but Clown World. Madness as usual.,

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  43. MTK says:

    Go PDJT. Go!!!!!!
    Don’t for one moment finch.

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  44. 6x47 says:

    What Sundance calls a “fatal flaw” in NAFTA is what the architects call a “feature”.

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