Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Holds Press Conference on Steel and Aluminum Tariffs…

Justin from Canada presents one of the most ridiculous contexts for the U.S. 232 Steel and Aluminum tariff decision. Justin proclaims the imposition of countervailing duties by the U.S. indicates that President Trump considers Canada a national security threat. Seriously, I’m not kidding, that’s what he is stating – watch.  Additionally, his feelings are hurt.

Apparently Justin from Canada cannot draw a distinction between an industry being lost, and that loss being a national security risk, and the hurt feelings of the Canadian Prime Minister. Intensely ridiculous… even for Justin. Obviously the irrational liberals in both the U.S. and Canada will likely draw the same ridiculous and illogical conclusions.

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China, the EU, Canada and Mexico have been exploiting weak U.S. trade policy for years. Through the effective utilization of targeted tariffs, with multiple opportunities -and warnings- to avoid the outcome, President Trump and Wilbur Ross cut the Gordian Knot.

The Big Club, driven almost entirely by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Tom Donohue are going bananas….. They can’t believe Trump actually did it. He actually followed through. The Wall Street consortium of multinationals are apoplectic.

Decades of economic gaslighting upon the U.S. electorate; massive manipulative multinational corporate influences; hundreds of millions spent purchasing U.S. politicians; and POTUS has just punched it all square in the face.

Amid ongoing trade stalemates with NAFTA and the EU, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the U.S. Commerce Department will no longer provide exemptions for the European Union, Canada or Mexico on Steel/Aluminum tariffs.

In addition, a week ago, President Trump “instructed Secretary Ross to consider initiating a Section 232 investigation into imports of automobiles, including trucks, and automotive parts to determine their effects on Americas national security.

Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 (19 U.S.C. §1862) authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to conduct comprehensive investigations to determine the effects of imports of any article on the national security of the United States. As often stated by President Trump, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross: “economic security is national security.”

In its current form NAFTA became an exploited doorway into the coveted U.S. market. Asian economic interests, large multinational corporations, invested in Mexico and Canada as a way to work around any direct trade deals with the U.S. By shipping parts to Mexico and/or Canada; and by deploying satellite manufacturing and assembly facilities in Canada and/or Mexico; China, Asia and to a lesser extent EU corporations exploited a loophole.

Through a process of building, assembling or manufacturing their products in Mexico/Canada those foreign corporations can skirt U.S. trade tariffs and direct U.S. trade agreements. The finished foreign products entered the U.S. under NAFTA rules. This exploitative approach, a backdoor to the U.S. market, was the primary reason for massive foreign investment in Canada/Mexico; it was also the primary reason why candidate Donald Trump, now President Donald Trump, wanted to shut down that loophole and renegotiate NAFTA.

Why ship directly to the U.S., or manufacturer inside the U.S., when you could just assemble in Mexico and Canada and use NAFTA to bring your products to the ultimate goal, the massive U.S. market?

All nuanced trade-sector issues put aside, the larger issue is always how third-party nations will seek to gain access to the U.S. market through Canada and Mexico. [It is the NAFTA exploitation loophole which has severely damaged the U.S. manufacturing base.] President Trump, Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S.T.R. Lighthizer well understand this structural problem. ONLY Trump, Ross, Mnuchin and Lighthizer were willing to confront this problem. If Trump had lost the election, Clinton would have joined the multinationals and U.S. workers would have suffered greatly.

The issue of Canada/Mexico making trade agreements with other nations (especially China), while brokering their NAFTA position with the U.S. as a strategic part of those agreements, is a serious issue that could not adequately be resolved while U.S. remains connected to NAFTA. With the tax reform benefits, American workers are realizing they are getting more money in their paychecks; and as the U.S. economy continues to gain momentum, that’s the backdrop timing for President Trump/Sec Ross making the announcement today.

The Automobile Sector is one of the biggest points of contention within varying trade negotiations. In the NAFTA discussion the auto-sector, via rules of origin, runs at the heart of NAFTA’s fatal flaw. The fatal flaw = use of Asian, mostly Chinese, auto components within auto manufacturing. Mexico and Canada arguing to allow more Chinese auto parts in North American manufacturing; and President Trump demanding more North American parts for North American auto manufacturing.

The auto-sector is representative of much of the manufacturing exploitation by multinational corporations beyond vehicle production. China has supported the exploitation because they produce the components for multiple sectors (furniture, appliances etc).

The auto-sector is much more than just complete assembled vehicles. In many ways the core trade issues of part origination, manufacturing and assembly of multiple durable goods sectors are represented within the auto industry process.

Current trade negotiations with the EU, China and NAFTA reached a loggerhead status around these core issues. Multinational ‘Wall Street’ corporations unwilling to lose their prior multi-billion investments and take a new ‘America-First’ approach. POTUS Trump is rightly angered by many of them because he specifically offset any investment losses with a new U.S. corporate tax structure.

All of that said, the issues with the auto-sector have now rippled out into other trade sectors with discussions coming to a standstill until the auto issues are resolved. Enter President Trump and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross with the plan.

Knowing all of the outlier, generally lesser, trade sectors are being impacted over the Chinese auto component issue, President Trump cuts the Gordian Knot and tells Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to consider a Section 232 review of auto industry as it pertains to imports.

Additionally, amid ongoing trade stalemates with NAFTA and the EU, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has announced the U.S. Commerce Department will no longer provide Steel and Aluminum tariff exemptions for the European Union, Canada or Mexico. During a telephone briefing with reporters today Secretary Ross announced at midnight tonight the 25% steel, and 10% aluminum, tariffs on imported goods will begin.

Australia, Brazil and South Korea (KORUS) have completed trade agreements with the U.S. and will remain exempt from any countervailing steel and aluminum duty. However, Canada and Mexico (NAFTA), as well as the EU, have been unwilling to reach reciprocal and balanced trade agreements with the U.S. and will now be subject to the tariff.

White House:

“The United States was unable to reach satisfactory arrangements, however, with Canada, Mexico, or the European Union, after repeatedly delaying tariffs to allow more time for discussions.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce representing Wall Street multinational interests are going bananas. DC politicians, and the multinational media, who are fully purchased by the U.S. CoC lobbyists are attacking the Trump administration….. all predictable.

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417 Responses to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Holds Press Conference on Steel and Aluminum Tariffs…

  1. “You just can’t wave a magic wand and create jobs out of thin air.” Barack Obama.
    “Yeah, you can. Just punch China in the face. Voila. Jobs, jobs, jobs.” Donald J Trump.

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    • A knee placed somewhere works or just unleash the wolverines for a short snack then negotiate with what is left.

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    • Here’s to you, Tommy Donohue:

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    • Shanna Gruen says:

      Is that a real quote or just something you made up that sounds like it’s what the president would say?

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    • Dick Bass says:

      Canada blocks our goods that directly compete with theirs and lives under the safety net that we provide…. as for the trade deficit, reported by Bloomberg 12/2017, since NAFTA in 1995 the Canadian surplus with the US has been $1.2 TRILLION in total!!!

      With friends like that… who needs another enemy!

      As for the Canadian military support, Canada spends about 1.2% for their GDP on defense and in 2017 begrudgingly agreed to increase spending to 1.4%, but most not until 2024 and beyond, when Trump is gone and the USA is again back to sleep!

      The USA approved the Keystone Pipeline to move Canadian Oil to Texas and did NOT follow through on a demand for the pipe to be US made. Most of it had already purchased and much already delivered. Again, as a “friend” we helped the Canadians.

      We will no longer accept the China/Canadian NAFTA free ride express rolling over the USA and American workers!

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      • dayallaxeded says:

        Right on! Moreover, that China/Canadian cartel BS is robbing Canucks, too! All the steel, aluminum, and other manufacturing jobs that could be in Canada have been offshored to China, then materials, components, and finished products are sent from China to Canada for transshipment to USA. There is one common word descriptive of Canada’s current “bleedership” and their “positions”– Sh–4brains and Bullsh–! The whole shebang needs flushing.

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  2. noswamp says:

    As SD put it, they have been at WAR with us for decades. They have been picking us dry and we have been just taking it. Now when Trump retaliates, its a “war”. Are you kidding me? Don’t even accept the “trade war” narrative by MSM and surprisingly Fox Business. Globalists, all of them. (Except Dobbs and M. Bart.)

    Canada and all other countries better move quickly to set up bilateral trade deals with us while the deals can be had. Canada has an Obama for PM. And so does Mexico. Trump means business and Canada’s PM is posing for the cameras. Not smart!

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    • L. Gee says:

      I look at it this way: America has been in an abusive relationship trade-wise for many years. Now Trump is putting a stop to that abuse, and all the abusers are raising holy hell because of it.

      In short, the abusers are losing their favorite victim!

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    • robins111 says:

      Snowbama

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    • snellvillebob says:

      Varny is also on the good side of the force.

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      • ilcon says:

        He and his girlfriend Ashley, are both anti 2A. If any twitters want to remind both they would not be here if it were not for guns.

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    • josh says:

      Many immigrants from China are not only buying Green Cards/Permanent Residency Cards but scooping up real estate, agriculture, manufacturing, electric and gas companies and many ordinary persons into 1 year are buying 1 million $ worth of properties? The result is our future generations are lost to greedy practices of politicians who think short term. Why would you do this why would you want our future generations to be renters priced out and be debt slaves? On a side topic what about the Indian IT companies that are controlling if not flooding the US market with IT labour everywhere regardless of the skill aspect? What is POTUS going to do about it? No complaints for the deserving candidate or those who do it the hard way. No short cuts or backdoors please!

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      • rashomon says:

        From your fingers to PDJT’s ears. 🙂

        Seriously, there’s only so much real estate, and the Chinese and Saudis are throwing the pricing out of whack. Limited leases if we must, but ownership cuts into the potential for citizens to own this hard asset.

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        • David A says:

          Yes, with residential properties alone, China purchases 100s of billions of dollars; cash buyers, turns them into rentals, and about 100 percent of those dollars vacate the US economy, while home prices soar beyond what upper middle class people can afford. ( politicians are however happy with increased property tax)

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    • mimbler says:

      I’m not surprised by FBN. Although I like a couple of shows on the network, in the large they are Wall Street not Main Street.

      In general, their audience is people making money from investments, not from clocking in every morning. Nothing wrong with that, but it colors their take on the day’s events.

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  3. Binkser1 says:

    When will the “leaders” of these countries finally wake up and realize that when President Trump says something he means it. President Trump has given Justine many opportunities to make a deal and he wouldn’t. So, President Trump does what he said he would do. I can only figure it’s because these “leaders” are so used to living in a world of illusions and lies that they just can’t seem to grasp the thought that someone would say something and then actually do it. Thank God for President Trump, an oasis of integrity, guts, and truth, in a desert of inept liars and cowards.

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    • snellvillebob says:

      They are allowing China run their foreign trade negotiations. When we are dealing with Mexico, Canada, the EU and North Korea, we are actually creating one big trade deal with China.

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    • ilcon says:

      The “leaders” have all been controlled until…….Trump.

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    • Daniel says:

      They’ve been listening to the globalists and deep staters whispering in their donating ears saying “we’ve got this. just put on a nice show and we’ll do the rest.”

      It isn’t going to work. With repeated failure creating harm to their countries, they will have to stop listening to the globalists and deep staters.

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  4. Canada’s response… “This is unacceptable!”
    Isn’t that cute?!!!

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    • dougofthenorth says:

      Sounds like a thirty yr old getting kicked out of his parents basement! These folks have come to believe it is their right to abuse the USA for financial gain.
      I mean like, you let us do it before and like, now it is all we know!! This is tough love canadians, the USA gravy train is over.
      MMmmmmmMMmm gravy, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, open faced sammy…ahhh gesh, I just got hungry!!

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    • Everywhereguy says:

      Unacceptable? As in “not accepting reality” yet?

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  5. VeritasVincit says:

    All I can say is, “Get used to it. What’s best for America is best for America, NOT CANADA”.

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    • svenwg says:

      Actually, what is best for America is best for the world. A strong America ensures the freedoms the world has experienced for the past 100+ years. A weak America and Strong China will force the entire Free World into communism. Something that was meant to have been negated with the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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      • snellvillebob says:

        100 years is a little too long. Make it 78 years from back in 1943 when we really started to fight Germany, Italy and Japan. We went into WWII with the 19th largest military in the world and came out with perhaps the largest. Russia inducted 23 million in to the military and lost 20 million people so they were reduced. But realize we lost 470,000 people in that war, Russia lost 430,000 just in the attack on Berlin.

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      • Dave Radetsky says:

        The problem is that communism was never defeated and the lie the globalists tried to sell was that the fall of the Soviet Union accomplished that. However, communism just pulled back and started using its socialist name to sound softer and they also started calling themselves progressives shortly thereafter thinking that no one would realize it’s all the same. They have never stopped and are still moving forward successfully with their plans from back in Woodrow Wilson’s day to slowly destroy our form of government.

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        • Jedi9 says:

          True, but it was the failures of socialism in the 50’s that the communists realised they couldn’t argue for its virtues so they hid behind the Paradigm of post modernism. Richard Rorty, one of post modernism’s champions, is the one who pushed progressivism to the forefront to which it is today! Terms like “spreading or wealth redistribution originated with him (see Richard Rorty)

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          • Raven says:

            Yes, the failed socialists of the 50’s moved into “environmentalism” and established the “Greens” in Germany.
            Or as we call them in Oz – Watermelons . . . green on the outside and red on the inside.

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            • Jedi9 says:

              Here is an interesting interview that took place in 1997 with Richard Rorty. Also take note of of the fawning interviewer McAfee towards the end when Rorty mentions “wealth redistribution as a solution to all of societies problems.

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              • TheLastDemocrat says:

                At 20’00”:
                “what can we do to avoid revolution in the streets?”
                “redistribute the wealth.”

                OK, how long does that last for? Five years? 20 years? Forever?

                Has it already been tried? How did that work out?

                Um, yes, it has already been tried. A hundred years ago. Fail. Big time. It was failed well within 3 years.

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                • dayallaxeded says:

                  Help me out–by tried 100 years ago, you’re referring to the Bolshevik Revolution? Seems to fit the timeline and Bigly failure scenario (all of which, if that’s what you’re saying, I wholly agree with), but just want to be sure I understand.

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      • Jedi9 says:

        True! This can not be stated enough! China’s introduction of their social credit system is one such example in which they hope the world adopts! Surveillance on steroids and holding everybody responsible for bad behaviour is a very Orwellian idea and a very bad and dangerous one! Like the “Black Mirror “ episode 1 is a reflection of what will happen if we are not willing to defend our freedoms!

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  6. noswamp says:

    Saw the interview, it was painful. Could not watch more than halfway through. Where do they get such low information employees working on CNBC? One question: “Tariffs are a tax on the American people, why are you imposing tariffs?” Zero understanding of the history of what happened and why it had to happen. No macroeconomic discussion other than from Wilber. Nuts!

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    • Whiners and whingers. Justine was bad, Freeland was insufferable.

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    • Bob Thoms says:

      Answer: Tariffs are a tool that is used to save a ship that is breached and taking on water. America can’t keep losing manufacturing jobs, importing unskilled immigrants and grow it’s middle class. It’s impossible.

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    • Bert Darrell says:

      Whereas CNBC has one of the best and fastest financial data delivery systems they use this advantage to manipulate the public through non-stop articles that systematically try to hurt PDJT’s standing and undermine his policies. In my view, CNBC is largely responsible for the illogical and whimsical fluctuations we currently see in the stock markets.

      Apparently, those following CNBC fake news, distortions and exaggerations are the same who voted for HiLIARy and/or are ill informed. Few, if any of them, understand the market and blindly follow the deliberate CNBC-concocted hysteria. The result has been exploited by those who do understand markets and buy on the cheap every time CNBC states that the sky is falling.

      As always, the smart investor will profit at the expense of the ignorant, gullible and stupid who sell in mass ever time the wind gets strong. This has been true for centuries but some are slow to catch up.

      Follow the advise of Fleporeblog. He knows what he’s writing about. The economy is going up and no one is going to stop it while PDJT is president.

      God! please have pity on the idiots of this world, especially those in charge of govenments, including the Prime Minister of Canada, the president of Mexico and miscellaneous mentally insufficient European Union “leaders”.

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    • dayallaxeded says:

      What utter BS! Tariffs are leverage. Every nation uses tariffs to leverage positions of strength and to try to bolster weaker positions. If the tariffs proposed by VSSPGPDJT result in any cost to us consumers (which remains to be seen), those costs are worth it or counter-balanced by benefits in national and economic security, jobs, infrastructure, reduction in trade and fiscal deficits. This is pretty obvious to me, an old humanities/liberal arts major. It’s beyond incompetent, trending toward fraud on the viewers, for a so-called business/economics knowledgeable person to fail to understand.

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  7. 6x47 says:

    Blame Canada 🇨🇦!
    They aren’t even a real country anyway

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    • wendy forward says:

      Such a wonderful movie.

      Every song was excellent. Co-written by Trey Parker-those two are geniuses.

      I gotta go with “Kyle’s Mom’s A B****h” as my favorite. That little vaudeville ending is just the best. Of course I am a complete Cartman freak.

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  8. zimbalistjunior says:

    the Auto Pact and its history is a fascinating story in itself.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada%E2%80%93United_States_Automotive_Products_Agreement

    the entire canada-us relationship is unique, strange and if managed by the right people, kinda beautiful. justin aint them people. neither was his dad.

    bring back stephen harper.

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    • wheatietoo says:

      Beware of Wikipedia…everything there is written with a leftist filter.

      That Auto Pact of 1965, signed by Lyndon Johnson, was the beginning of the decline of US Auto Manufacturing.
      It was good for Canada…bad for the US.

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      • mimbler says:

        Yes, years ago we were such a manufacturing and economic powerhouse that we could thrive with bad trade deals.
        We don’t have that luxury today,

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  9. Dutchman says:

    Give someone a ‘free ride’ for many years.,,,,then, take it away. Of COARSE their gonna complain.
    After the collapse of Soviet Union, many pensioners longed for its return.
    We’re gonna hear ‘Trumps trade war’ and ‘protectionist policies’ a lot. Will be like ‘rascist, mysoginist, anti-semite’ name calling, and hopefully, long term, just as inneffective.

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  10. scslayer says:

    When he translated in (French?), Sounded like his mouth had diarrhea.

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  11. Bob Thoms says:

    Mexico is in for a world of hurt…………their NAFTA trade surplus is 3x that of Canada.

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    • wendy forward says:

      Who besides me is old enough to remember that NAFTA was sold as helping stop illegal migration from Mexico because they would all have good jobs?

      Liked by 6 people

      • Sentient says:

        Thank God we haven’t had any illegal immigration over the last 25 years.

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      • phoenixRising says:

        raising my hand…
        Grifter in Chief unloaded it on us… with a smile and a “ah shucks, it weren’t nothing!”

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      • rashomon says:

        I only remember it as a “Yuge Suckin’ Sound”!

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      • wheatietoo says:

        I remember that, wendy.
        Just one of the many lies that we were told, about how ‘wonderful’ NAFTA would be.

        Same with the rhetoric about how ‘great’ globalism is/was.

        “Going Global” was used in the 90s to sell us the idea that globalism was good for us.
        What a crock.

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      • StanH says:

        Oh yeah. Except for one thing, the need to replace people. We have too many people drawing off the system and not enough paying in. Actuaries in the deep bowels of governments around the world came up with the brilliant solution as Rome did with the Visigoths, allow the enemy inside the gates. It now takes two workers to support one person on Social Security, and this doesn’t include Medicare and Medicaid, WIC and on and on. This is the only way this 3rd world invasion makes any sense. As with ancient Rome and the West, we again are setting up for a fall and the barbarians are inside the gate.

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      • I just remember Ross Perots Presidential Campaign, & “speeches” of that “great sucking sound” as Jobs left America..
        What He predicted came TRUE..
        Then again it started MY First experiences of What “Illegals” looked like, were taking “JOBS” that “Country” Kids once had, Picking & hanging tobacco in the fall, Getting sweet taters out of the ground & loaded, Bailing HAY. Or getting their first manufacturing Job, (like textiles or Woodworking in Furniture,,), OR Landscaping, lots of Jobs that KIDS & young teens & Adults, USED to do, that brought about, buying their first car, Helping out THIER Families, buying Cloths for school, or saving for their first year of College..
        (It goes on & on)..
        While the “Illegals” were packing 10 to 15 folks into 2 & 3 bedroom Mobile homes..
        Taking those Jobs, (first in construction, then painting & Sheetrock, roofing, brick masonry), Now about EVERY “manual Labor” JOBS that, GASP!! lower/Middle income Black folks/Families had held traditionally!
        NAFTA destroyed the “Black Nuclear Families” AND STOLE their opportunities..

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        • ByrdDeplorable says:

          So true! My younger brother with his lawnmower starting his first business. Managing it himself. Grew up and went to medical school. Now a doctor, but still loves “yard work.” bush and his “ only doing jobs Americans won’t do” made me scream!

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        • Conservativeinny says:

          I would say that is not last noted to Black families. It would encompass all middle, lower and working class families. It did and still does

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        • dayallaxeded says:

          NAFTA didn’t destroy the American black family and culture. DEMONrats did that with LBJ’s “Great Society” lies and dependency programs, along with forced integration. Once black people were encouraged to take advantage of their new “rights” to use formerly “white” businesses, they ceased to trade primarily with black-owned businesses within their neighborhoods and many if not most of those black neighborhood businesses were fairly quickly crushed by large, better funded, regional and national competition.

          Everything else you’ve said is definitely true, though. NAFTA just rubbed salt in the wounds to black and all of blue-collar America by offshoring manufacturing jobs and importing cheap migrant labor for manual labor/basic trade jobs. Perot was, like our VSSPGPDJT, a very smart, very successful businessman. What he lacked was an understanding of how to work the culture/media to his advantage and recognition of how deeply treasonous and criminal the opposition was and is.

          Lord God Almighty, please guard and guide our VSSPGPDJT and all who work with him and support him! 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)

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        • dayallaxeded says:

          Meant to say that the sandbagging of Adm. Stockdale at the VP debate was a clear example of the seditious/treasonous, criminal nature of the opposition even then. Stockdale was not senile or “slow.” He was systematically denied the opportunity to prepare for and then to present his part in that debate, while MSM made sure everyone saw it in the most false and unflattering light. It’s the only thing I actually hold against a truly great and sadly gone comedian, Phil Hartman.

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      • Conservativeinny says:

        I remember that and I remember calling BS at the time. I agreed with Ross Perot

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  12. littleanniesfannie says:

    Once the Southern Wall is finished, we need to begin the Northern Wall. We do not need him or his clones in the US.

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  13. Deplorably99 says:

    AMERICA FIRST,BABY!!!!

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  14. WillJR says:

    Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on IG report, originally scheduled for June 5, has been moved to June 11. The Never Trumpers and Dems have to have time to get their stories planted with friendly propagandists, ie, journalists. This is ridiculous. 18 months.

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  15. big bad mike says:

    Our small Made in the USA manufacturing business. (We do make the best product of its type in the World) had another record sales month in May. This is the 15th record month in the 19 months since the Election. Knock on Wood – but compared to the cliff dive in Obummer’s first 19 months – our sales are up almost 500%. Unbelievable!

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  16. Deplore Able says:

    Earning respect.

    Don’t let others abuse you.
    Stick up for your rights.
    Say what you are going to do.
    Do what you say.

    Don’t mean to hurt your feelings Justin.
    It’s nothing personal, just business.
    America First.

    Next time, pay attention.
    I say what I am going to do, and then I do what I say.
    Simple.
    Let me know if you want to talk about it.
    We are ready to make a fair deal anytime.

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  17. Sentient says:

    I feel bad for Canadians. Not because of tariffs, but because you can get locked up for “hate speech” there. You know, like reading Leviticus out loud or something.

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    • Jenny R. says:

      Don’t feel too bad for them (at least quite a few of them) — they think playing tit for tat with tariffs is a winning policy (they don’t realize that they already impose a 250%, I’m close, tariff on our dairy already) that their government should specifically target swing and red states to “teach them a lesson” and target Trump businesses especially (because he deserves to be destroyed) and to definitely stand their ground on NAFTA until after the midterms, when that blue wave will happen…and that us “stupid Yanks” will come to our senses and impeach him.

      Those are taken nearly verbatim from some of the milder comments on Canadian media right now. Is it any more wonder why they voted in Princess Sparkletoes?

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      • Alligator Gar says:

        Do they know how many Canadians actually take American jobs? Many, I can assure you. At FSU, alone, many professors of various stripes are Canadians. You see Canadian flag stickers on cars all over Florida’s capital region. I rather doubt proportionality is the rule. Ship ’em home, spouse, kids, dogs, and all.

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  18. Pete says:

    Communists are really good at twisting words and manufacturing issues.

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  19. Summer says:

    Sorry, could not force myself to click on the J from C video. J is being ridiculous you say? I’ll take your word for it.

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  20. lcpusa says:

    every morning here in detroit, thousands of canadians cross over for jobs here in america.

    no american is allowed to work in ontario. this has been going on for decades.

    they’ve taken advantage of us this whole time.

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    • Donna in Oregon says:

      The Detroit–Windsor region is an international transborder agglomeration comprising the American city of Detroit, Michigan, the Canadian city of Windsor, Ontario, and the Detroit River between them.

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    • zimbalistjunior says:

      yes, but windsor has provided the ‘ballet’ for detroit men.

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  21. MaineCoon says:

    POTUS & his wolverines are in a league of their own. IMO most if not all western countries are no match for their talent. Trudeau is totally out of his league. I think China will give Team trump a run for their money, but as POTUS says, we hold all the cards. Next: China & NAFTA exit. Funny how the globalists never thought POTUS would do it. We Treepers never doubted him. They really should have watched the rallies:):)

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  22. Legacy Driver says:

    Arbitrage.

    Boom.

    – Big Jake

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  23. Max Tadpol says:

    It’s fine. Let Canada grow their own food.
    Hint: they can’t. Their people will end up paying more (for nothing) and bye-bye Justin.

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    • free2313 says:

      Justin is already Bye-Bye come 2019!!!

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    • John Bosley says:

      Actually we are quite good at growing our own food, witness our wheat and soybean production.
      We also have our Dairy Supply Management system that produces in abundance top quality food products, so much so that the Chinese ship enormous quantities of powdered milk home.
      We produce large quantities of root veggies, potatoes, tomatoes, squash , apples, berries, grapes, wines, cheese’s and on & on.
      What makes us pay more is our ever increasing tax burden placed upon us for our utopian socialistic paradise, pun definitely intended.
      We are slow to anger, much too nice for our own good and we are being taken advantage of by Trudolt.
      It will end , one way or another.

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      • Alligator Gar says:

        Enjoy MCGA, then! You can all be super nice to each other while growing, purchasing, and consuming made in Canada. MCGA! I think your PM doesn’t realize the opportunity he’s given you.

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    • What do Canadians make? When I lived in Maine, Canadians would come down to Maine to buy clothing. I mean you would see them in department stores just piling up stuff..hundreds of dollars. When I spent a few months in Canada the thing I noticed is they sold all of this cheap synthetic clothing…no wonder they came down here. When Europeans come over here same thing…they just spend tons of money on stuff to take back with them….they seem to have plenty of money but no where to spend it….weird.

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  24. Justin is a little boy, playing a high stakes game against old bulls. He had better make sure that his ducks are in a row. The old bulls usually win in a strategy game; been on the receiving end…

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  25. tgmccoy says:

    A local stud mill just closed in my area. No timber (NE Oregon)
    Oregon-“Keep it in the ground so we can let it burn”-and buy
    Canadian (subsidized) timber…

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  26. beaujest says:

    His socks didn’t work !

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  27. billsbowl says:

    Oh no! Better call Dudley Do-Right.

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  28. AngelOne says:

    It’s bad enough having to hear that nonsense once but it’s “Canadia” so we’re stuck hearing it twice and not even the lovely French language can smooth over the idiocy. Because we are allies Canada should be able to screw us that’s Justin’s idiotic argument as if they’re doing is a favor by being our “friend”

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  29. CNN_sucks says:

    Who cares! Globalists are the only one who made gobble gobble of money through cheap labor. Poor are still poor since the war on poverty instituted.

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  30. Colle Bay says:

    “Justin from Canada”

    Snicker. Hehe. That’s brilliant. The country of third rate boy-band leaders.

    I used to cut Canada a lot of slack because, really, well Canada, but after the election of “Justin from Canada” I can NEVER take them seriously again. Enjoy your illegals – I mean – undocumented culture robbers.

    After 50 years of this #### not cutting you lame-ass hosers slack anymore. Solve your own problems and stop sucking the American teet while still serving the EU’s suicidal demands.

    Smell ya later Canada.

    Justin from Canada …. Snicker.

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  31. rolisize says:

    Quick get justin his angry emoji socks!

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  32. Colle Bay says:

    Justin from Canada ……. Snicker.

    Still laughing. : )

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  33. repsort says:

    WTF do leftists always start out with “Let me be clear..”
    re: hurt feelings
    Not gonna be happy til PDJT, VSG, makes that punk cry on national TV.

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  34. barnesto says:

    Chamber of Commerce or Council on Foreign Relations…. pick your poison. It’s decisions and follow through like this that will put CoC in their place. Then again, CFR is feeling the burn too. This is the most important work the POTUS is doing currently. Economic warfare is in his wheelhouse and it’s showing. Justin from Canada… that guy. He’s just trying to uphold Obama’s values, per orders. Watch the conservative takeover of Canada in the next couple years.

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  35. Colle Bay says:

    Canada will retaliate against new U.S. tariffs by imposing its own trade barriers on U.S. steel, aluminum and other products, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said Thursday.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/31/canada-announces-retaliatory-tariffs.html

    This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

    Heh, watch out, Justin from Canada, needs his diaper changed.

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  36. Delibero says:

    The Last Refuge was my favorite political site to visit but some of the comments here about this trade war have altered my opinion. It’s clear that some Americans here are actually enjoying wielding their Big Stick economic might over smaller weaker countries and former allies rather than just hoping to negotiate fair trade agreements.

    Canadians are now considered “Canadiots” and other disparaging terms by several posters on this site. As a “Canadiot,” to frequent this site would be a betrayal of my own country.

    My family has many military people in its ranks which is uncommon in Canada and we always felt a connection with the USA’s efforts defending freedom. My son trained to become an infantry soldier and assist the USA in Afghanistan. He made it and lost a good friend to an IED.

    A fellow I worked with also had a son there and when an American fighter jet accidentally dropped two 500 lb, laser-guided bombs on a unit of Canadian soldiers, this fellow did not know if his son was among the dead or wounded for some time.

    On 911, Canadians opened their hearts and homes to American plane passengers that were diverted and grounded to Canadian airports. I could go on and on with similar stories about “true allies” when the chips are down which is why even sunny ways Trudeau (who I didn’t vote for) is “irrationally” outraged at the tariffs being implemented due to alleged national security concerns.

    I understand the reasons for the tariffs but Wilbur or others should be making their case on CBC’s the National or releasing informed Statements to the populations of various allies “with hurt feelings” and explaining about China’s role in all this but “Canadiots” learning the truth is not worth the trouble I guess.

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    • Colle Bay says:

      Oh brother, you are exhibit A for let’s finally dump Canada as an ally movement.

      Whiny, liberal, entitled, always passing their refuse onto us or expecting us to fulfill of their liberal promises. Crossing the boarder for American citizenship, voting, and then hauling ass out of the areas of America or Canada that you’ve ruined just so you can feel happy with yourself. Of course, never actually being the one that has to live with the circumstances that you willfully create.

      “Hey world, especially Muslims , Mexicans, Chinese and South Americans come to the USA and we’ll pretend to take some of you in and leave the rest to American taxpayers and take all the glory for it.”

      You ain’t fooling anybody.

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      • Colle Bay says:

        boarder = border

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      • free2313 says:

        Would Canada have dumped America because of President Barack Hussein Obama?
        Do not judge the citizens by its leaders….
        Even though you might say, but you people voted for him, that would be like saying all Americans voted for X-president Obama…

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        • Colle Bay says:

          Oh brother, another, symph. It must not have been YOUR children that were paying for this sniveling Canadian – a subject of the Queen and the EU. Because otherwise you’d not be so patient with her whining about American taxpayers and workers finally standing against the worldwide theft that has occurred for literally decades.

          It’s amazing we’ve survive the EU, Chicom assault, but you’d rather feel good about pleasing a parasite because you obviously are so brainwashed that you can’t even understand the big picture.

          Again, I thank God every day for Trump. The man, understands …

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    • sunnydaze says:

      Sorry that you’ve missed all the support for Canadians on this site, Delibro and have seen (you claim) only Canada bashers.

      Believe me, there’s plenty of support too.

      We share a loooong border, and the LAST thing most Americans want is an enemy to the North.

      Do you really think the CBC would do an honest interview with Wilbur Ross? Serious question.

      I mean I know Ross is generally good at holding his own. But isn’t CBC similar to our CNN?

      It *could* be a good idea for him to do it….if he can get a Fair Shake from CBC.

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    • Colle Bay says:

      “It’s clear that some Americans here are actually enjoying wielding their Big Stick economic might over smaller weaker countries and former allies rather than just hoping to negotiate fair trade agreements.”

      Oh dear, poor, poor Canada. Why isn’t America subsidizing your socialist utopia any longer? We must be racists. Right? We must be islamophobics. Right? We must be….

      Heh, why aren’t Americans paying our way anymore? Heh, go ask the Queen or the EU for money. Deadbeats. We ain’t paying for “Justin from Canada” anymore.

      God, I love Trump.

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    • brenrod says:

      Canada is unfairly benefiting at the USA expense by opening the back door from China. They have done this for years… all Trump wants is to benefit Canada and Mexico but NOT to be a back door to everyone else. You need to inform your fellow citizens of what they have been doing.

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    • bpk1300 says:

      maybe a troll or a trudope lovin Canuck

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    • Colle Bay says:

      “My family has many military people in its ranks which is uncommon in Canada and we always felt a connection with the USA’s efforts defending freedom. My son trained to become an infantry soldier and assist the USA in Afghanistan. He made it and lost a good friend to an IED.”

      Why in God’s name do you seek American money, treasure, approval when you WILLFULLY submit to Great Britain and the EU? Take your whining to them. We fought our revolution, you just want to ride on our coattails and drag us into another revolution (a EU, anti-American revolution that only benefits you and your sovereign).

      Start paying your own way for once. The way that most of the world attempts to enter your country is through our borders. F. Off. We are the ones paying the EU on your behalf. Again, F. Off. Take responsibility for the 7 billion people of impoverished nations that want to steal your children’s future upon yourself, you selfish….

      You are a thorn in our freedom-loving, free-speech, pro-constitution, pro-nationalism, pro-borders, inalienable rights rights from God country.

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    • Peoria Jones says:

      There are many wonderful Canadians here in the treehouse – and we love them. 🙂

      Don’t worry about some of the nasty comments. A lot of posters migrate here from other sites where the standards for civility are not so high. They usually don’t last long.

      Hopefully, your good countrymen will tire of Justin’s silly games and demand real leadership. Someone who understands PTrump’s philosophy and would work with it would help to save Canada as well.

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      • Colle Bay says:

        Suck-up much?

        The wonderful Canadians wouldn’t be whining about Americans finally cutting them off the unfair trade deals. They’d say, “Yeah, it’s about time. I’m embarrassed by ‘Justin from Canada’.

        If you “feel” so badly, I’m sure you are willing to write a check for say, $10,000 to the aggrieved Canadian out of your own personal checkbook. Because there are a lot of people out here that are tired of paying for your “feelings”.

        Go ahead, pony up!

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        • Peoria Jones says:

          Not only are you rude, but your reading comprehension is lacking. Your attack on me is wholly without merit.

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          • Colle Bay says:

            Go back and read her comment. She’s lamenting that America is not doing or (being) what she wants. Then comes the liberal guilt-ploy. Tons of American soldiers died in Afghanistan but somehow, a friend of her son (if he even exists) trumps the deaths of American soldiers (who lets be real were doing the lions share of the work).

            “The Last Refuge was my favorite political site to visit but some of the comments here about this trade war have altered my opinion. It’s clear that some Americans here are actually enjoying wielding their Big Stick economic might over smaller weaker countries and former allies rather than just hoping to negotiate fair trade agreements. ”

            Whaaaaaa. It’s not fair that America is “enjoying wielding their Big Stick.”

            We should be letting them rape us in trade deals because………..

            Don’t be so blind.

            Canada is in for a rude awakening. As is the EU, Mexico, China, etc.

            That you feel the need to suck up to someone whose first inclination was to blame America for cutting off the freebies and most definitive statement is completely on you.

            It would be nice if for once Canada wasn’t a liberal albatrose around our American necks for once. So they throw us a few bones occasionally, mostly forced, is nothing to be cheering. We’ve spent more on illegals, and fleeing liberal Canadians (attaining voting rights) than they’ve paid it. Truth. End of story.

            And I still remember the PR radio guy lauding Americans back in the 1980’s. Still not enough.

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    • Alligator Gar says:

      I support Canadians to the last drop of my blood. My son’s half Canadian, so I obviously LOVE Canadians! Lolz. Both of our countries have been led by idiots more often than sane people of late, however. If I called my own ex-President Obozo, of course I’ll call your PM Princess SparkleSox but I will never, ever call you or your countrymen and countrywomen names. You are blood of my blood.

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    • Legatus says:

      Delibro — I think that our reaction to Canada of late has been driven by what we’ve seen directed our way by Canadian media, intellectuals and political types. It’s felt a bit personal for some time, too. I retired from the US Army and trained with Canadian forces in Canada. My MEDEVAC unit supported Canadians in theatre. There was no problem there. But when we take hits here for our beliefs from the above-mentioned segments of Canadial society, it just begins to wear thin, since we’ve carried a great part of the heavy lifting for North American defense, contributed markedly to overall economic well-being of the same, and have historically had a generally positive, if somewhat un-informed, view of our neighbors to the north.

      Additionally, what we hear of Canadian policy regarding immigration, as well as the recent madness regarding constraints on speech, has caused us (little people) to question whether Canada, and by inference, Canadian citizens, are in fact not standing with us any more on what we consider to be critical matters.

      Ceratinly, we realize that many Canadians don’t like the course their own society and government are taking. Further, we recognize that many have been critical of the madness now rampant in American government, elites and culture, as well as in Western Civilization at large.

      And you have to admit, things like the treatment of Mark Steyn, and Jordan Peterson there north of the 49th certainly would give pause to Americans who value our traditional freedoms and seek to preserve our legacy culture, values, beliefs and society.

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      • Colle Bay says:

        “since we’ve carried a great part of the heavy lifting for North American defense, contributed markedly to overall economic well-being”

        You are far too humble. You guys carried 99% of it.

        Thank you.

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      • Delibero says:

        Legatus:
        Did you train at Wainwright?
        I agree with all you wrote and mentioned in 1 other comment below that as a foreigner, I should have shut up and let you Americans enjoy your long overdue payback–esp. on one of your sites and not let a few negative comments about ALL Canadians get to me.

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    • maggie0987 says:

      Delibero, perhaps our 1 BILLION dollar a year tax payer subsidized Canadian Broadcasting Corporation could make an attempt at providing the FACTS of the issue for we Canadians instead of the perennial, incessant US bashing and denigration of PDJT?
      And the historical goodwill between our two nations is a two way street – the US was not part of the British Empire when they pulled our chestnuts out of the fire in the last world war.
      Apologies to American treehouse ‘friends”, for this domestic altercation!!

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      • Delibero says:

        maggie–

        As you know, the CBC will never “make an attempt at providing the FACTS of the issue” and I thought some open minded Canadians would get an education from a genuine genius if Wilbur was given some reasonable time on their National and/or CTV.

        It is I that should have written “Apologies to American Treehouse ‘friends”, for this domestic altercation!!”

        Either, I was in a delusional trance this morning or the posts that irritated me are gone. It appeared to me that some posters were mocking all Canadians as “Canadiots” and other similar comments but I can’t find one of those posts now so I must be overdue for a brain scan.

        It was only those generalizations about ALL Canadians that irritated me and not any criticisms of the comments about Trudeau and Freeland’s comments or the justified deficit trade squabbles.

        I agree with almost everything written about me above in the comments and have voiced similar opinions before about Canada sponging national security off of the Americans for NORAD and NATO etc and other advantages we have enjoyed at America’s expense and so on.
        However, I am not a liberal and I did not exaggerate the military references.

        Americans are enjoying some long overdue payback and as a sponging foreigner I should have shut up and let them enjoy it without interruption–esp. on one of their sites.

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  37. Texian says:

    A few points..

    I consider Leftist Liberals a National Security Threat.. They are mentally deranged extremists incapable of processing basic fair logic.

    The Automotive sector – get rid of the NAFTA loop hole and enact tariffs across the board..

    Subset – Automotive parts: Marginal quality china parts. I have already instated my embargo – just don’t buy them. All the major auto parts chains overwhelmingly have China products on their shelves – it’s the first thing they bring out to the counter.

    Example: I needed an engine oil pump. Guy brings one out, only $120 bucks. I take it out of the box and look at it – “got any other” I said.. he says “well I got another one but it’s $189.95. I say “ok – go get that one”.. He brings it out – I instantly know – “Melling” brand is on the box. I take it out.. “..look – you see that casting mark on it, it says..’Made in U.S.A.’ – this is the one I want”..

    The cheap china one will push 30 to 40 p.s.i. – barely gets the job done, just like the one the vehicle was built with – a weak minimum specification china mart one. The U.S.A. Melling brand pushes 60 p.s.i. – consistently – you know your engine is being lubricated for maximum longevity.. The same goes for bearings and wheel hubs – don’t get the china junk – ask for the “Timken” brand. Do this for all of your parts replacements. You will pay roughly 40% more, but it’s worth it. (Even my engine oil comes from behind the counter.. real engine oil, it’s around $40 for a 5 qt. jug).

    It’s all about maximum profit margin.. it’s why they first offer the china mart stuff.. (they know you will be back for the same part after about a year or so too). You have to be persistent to get the American made stuff.. parts that will last and last..

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  38. Echo says:

    Justin is particularly slow, even for a Canadian politician. (Loved your section 13 fellas).
    An ex snowboard instructor I believe.
    He thinks PDJT fears the Princess Patricia Light Infantry are going to cross the 49 parallel.
    His mind is Canadian national embarrassment.

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    • sunnydaze says:

      Wasn’t he an acting teacher?

      Could be wrong.

      But whatever he did in his previous life, it was his father, LOOKS, and Virtue Signaling that got him elected.

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      • sunnydaze says:

        Starred in some TV shows.

        …” In 2007, Trudeau starred in the two-part CBC Television miniseries The Great War, which gave an account of Canada’s participation in the First World War. He portrayed his fifth cousin, twice removed,[80] Major Talbot Mercer Papineau, who was killed on October 30, 1917, during the Battle of Passchendaele.[81] Trudeau is one of several children of former prime ministers who have become Canadian media personalities. “……

        Article also claims he was a substitute teacher in math, BA in Literature.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justin_Trudeau

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  39. sunnydaze says:

    Sorry, Justin. LOL.

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  40. Pyrthroes says:

    To Trump, NAFTA is an “Afghanistan Banana Stand”.

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  41. TheLastDemocrat says:

    Nope. Didn’t come across any better in French.

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  42. waltherppk says:

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  43. Dances with Wolverines says:

    Such righteous indignation complete with hair flips. LOL

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  44. G-man says:

    Bless his little heart.

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  45. Everyone should read up on “Cooke” (a Canadian Aquaculture company), is trying to pull down here in North Carolina, in RE: Pamlico Sound & water column leases.. AND it isn’t about Oysters either..
    (just a sample here)..
    Driving out AMERICAN & Mom & pop operations..
    http://ncwaterman.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=80409&title=just-filed-by-cook-sanderson-and-brown

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    • Thanks for posting….that’s interesting…I live on the other end of the state but used to live on the cost of Maine….hard to believe something like this would pass up there…people are much more out spoken and protective of their fishing rights….you invade at your own risk.

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  46. Hillyard says:

    Oh no Justeen, did you finally figure out the US wasn’t going to let you play middle man to China in order to keep draining American jobs. boohoo

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  47. Atomic Fireball says:

    I love this kid justin he’s great for a chuckle

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  48. Jeff says:

    I noticed that Mark Levin was apoplectic about this today on his show. But then, he’s apoplectic about a great many things. All I could do was shake my head….

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    • rsmith1776 says:

      With Mark Levin, being apoplectic is a way of life.

      The only time he was known to be placid (or flaccid, I sometimes mix these two words) was during the time Chase and Lauren Levin were conceived.

      Mark Levin is a determined man with a unique voice, I mean that literally, he succeeds in making even Ben Shapiro sound like Morgan Freeman.

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  49. Rex70 says:

    Hahahahaha, Sundance! “Additionally, his feelings were hurt.” Hil-ar-ious. Yeah, well–wipe your tears, Skippy, and listen up: It’s time now for you and Rainbow Brite to start a hard review of the facts of our one-sided trade relationship and to make some hard decisions thereupon. Clear the fairy dust from your eyes and get to work…millions of Canadians, bless their hearts, are counting on you. And, no–we don’t hate you…not at all! We just think you’re stupid and think it’s time to quit your daydreaming.

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