Canada, EU and Germany Signal Compliance With President Trump Trade Demands…

This win needs to be sipped slowly for maximum enjoyment.  

First, we would draw your attention to May 23rd, when President Trump announced an instruction to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to begin a Section 301 review of the auto industry a week prior to the implementation of the Steel and Aluminum tariffs.

At the time when all media were discussing other ‘matters’ CTH pointed out the strategy that was visible in the Auto-Sector.  China, the EU (specifically Germany), and Canada were the strategic trade targets in the approach.  About a week later, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland snarkily announced her “sisterhood in trade” with EU Trade Minister Cecilia Malström, and how together they formed a strategy and were going to block President Trump.  They were very pleased with themselves (please watch).

Freeland and Prime Minister Justin from Canada, then strategized with Emmanuel from France and Angela from Germany on how they were going to use the G7 to embarrass President Trump on trade conflict issues via the summit; and subsequent use of media press conferences.  The entire thing back-fired, bigly.  President Trump announced the tariffs would continue until trade reciprocity improved.

It’s been two weeks since the best-laid-scheme was attempted.  In the interim, the international audience has watched President Trump’s unrelenting approach toward China.

In the grand-trade-conflict; China is a big fight none of the sideline players would ever attempt.  However, the downstream consequence of the international trade team watching intently is their realization that President Trump is not bluffing.  You can hear the proverbial gulps from across the Atlantic; and the tremors up North.

Back to May 23rd, 2018, and remember the auto tariff proposal.  President Trump has made it clear that he’s more than willing to use reciprocal trade tariffs against all trade partners in getting fair and balanced trade.  He ain’t bluffing.

Well, guess what just happened?

Yup, Germany, without consulting with Emmanuel from France, just unilaterally announce the EU is willing to drop all trade tariffs against U.S. auto manufacturers as part of their strategy to fend-off steel, aluminum and crushing auto tariffs.

BERLIN—Germany’s leading auto makers have thrown their support behind the abolition of all import tariffs for cars between the European Union and the U.S. in an effort to find a peaceful solution to the brewing trade war.

The U.S. ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, brought the proposal for a broader industry trade pact to the Trump administration on Wednesday, according to people familiar with the situation.

That would mean scrapping the EU’s 10% tax on auto imports from the U.S. and other countries and the 2.5% duty on auto imports in the U.S. As a prerequisite, the Europeans want President Donald Trump’s threat of imposing a 25% border tax on European auto imports off the table.

[…] A French official said Paris was unaware of the proposal, and it wasn’t discussed during a recent summit between French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Meseberg, Germany.  (Read more)

Too damned funny.

Don’t overlook Angela Merkel making this announcement without consulting with Emmanuel Macron.  The German auto-sector is vital to the German economy.  Lose the support of the auto industry in Germany and Chancellor Merkel is toast.

Chancellor Merkel controls mini-brie Macron.

Emmanuel gets no respect (LOL).

What comes next?

How about the knee from Ms. Freeland’s “sister in trade“, Cecilia Malström:

(link to article)

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – The European Union is ready to engage with the United States to solve a trade row triggered by Washington’s decision to impose metal impose tariffs, E.U. Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said on Thursday.

“We are always open to talk with the U.S. The whole EU is based on the idea that we talk,” she told a seminar. She described the tariffs as “illegal” as they contravened World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.  She also said the WTO needs rules to address China’s subsidies and dumping of its goods in markets.

Oh, that winnamin is extra tasty….

The EU is now leaving Canada naked to the trade monster that is the indefatigable Trump.  TTFN, it’s every snobby economic minister for themselves.

We must look at that video of Freeland again; just to savor the smugness of it all.

Ha,.. Ha,… Ha… stop, yer killin’ me.

Oh the winnamin.  Perfect.

Now, the EU -Germany specifically- might seem like they are attempting to gain some leverage equity here; but really they don’t get any.  U.S. automakers gain no short-term benefit from the EU dropping restrictive trade tariffs because Ford, and GM were forced to open plants in the EU to sell vehicles (prior best interests).  The benefit to dropping the 10% tariff on American autos is really non-existent; it’s the threat of the 25% Trump tariff on German autos that has the entire sector panicked.

Jaw agape Merkel never thought vulgarian Trump would ever follow through on the 25% auto tariff, until she just saw Trump go from $50 billion against China to the whopping $200 billion tariff he just announced.

When you plant your tree in another man’s orchard, you might end up paying for your own apples; it’s a risk you take…

Gadzooks, that,…. that…. that Trump, he’s serious.

However, as mentioned, there’s no gained leverage for Germany in putting dropped tariffs on U.S. autos on the table.  Almost all of the benefit is on the EU side of that proposal; and U.S. auto workers won’t gain.  Fraulein Merkel better quickly start adding to her NATO defense funding and reconsider her opposition to the Iran deal withdrawal.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is the one handling the EU trade discussion; while Lighthizer and Navarro focus on NAFTA (all three involved in China).  It is going to take much more equity on the table from the EU side for Secretary Ross to take a deal.

Hilariously, in response to Merkel’s proclaiming a zero tariff proposal; the CEO of Volvo, a Swedish brand owned by the Chinese, is well positioned to benefit because Volvo are about to launch production inside the U.S. with plans of export to the EU.  Conversely, on the losing side, GM shifted to making cars in China (Buick Encore), and Trump is nailing them with a 25% tariff.

All foreign automakers with limited U.S. operations are seriously concerned that Trump’s auto tariff threats will hurt their sales and profits, and the only way to avoid losing market share is to shift production investment into the U.S; or back into the U.S.

Strategery.

Back to Canada, and the ill-fated, now back-fired, scheme of Justin and Chrystia; standing naked and alone, as the reality of national economic interests has their former anti-Trump trade allies headed for the exits to save their industries.

Yikes, amid all of Canada’s uppity antagonism and demands for gender equity in NAFTA trade negotiations now they’re seriously exposed and more vulnerable than ever to Godzilla Trump and his “killers’.  The sight of a grinning Robert Lighthizer demands another slowly savored winnamin…. delicious.

Yup, the Canadian reality is beginning to sink in.

Stay With It:

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What Canadians are only just beginning to realize is that Trump doesn’t bluff; he really means this stuff…  Trade equity is part of President Trump’s DNA profile.

So we should keep an eye on Justin and Chrystia…  My guess is, given the political stunt the Canadian duo just pulled at the G7 – President Trump is not inclined to take the lumps out of this one.  It is increasingly likely that POTUS might quietly remove those 1 million imported Canadian autos from their manufacturing base and deliver them to Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Actions have consequences.

Leverage; he is the master at it.

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630 Responses to Canada, EU and Germany Signal Compliance With President Trump Trade Demands…

  1. lastinillinois says:

    Of course they will comply
    Of course they will.

    Because we are America, dammit.
    And we are finally acting like it (again).

    Liked by 44 people

  2. HUGS @cafreeland 🤗💕

    Liked by 3 people

    • Esperanza says:

      Yes, smiley face because it’s a hard time right? ☺️ We good now? Cos smileys are everything right? Hugs sister.

      Liked by 2 people

      • calbear84 says:

        Chrystia & Cecilia will no doubt require stronger medicine than emoticons to address their case of butt hurt losing! It’s MAGAlicious 🙂

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  3. sundance says:

    Liked by 38 people

  4. Dogstar_K9 says:

    As surely as the Sun rises in the east, you can always trust the Germans to screw the French.

    Liked by 30 people

  5. Ken Maritch says:

    This might spark the stock market today.

    Liked by 7 people

  6. Johnny says:

    Winnamins

    The breakfast of Champions

    Liked by 13 people

  7. waltherppk says:

    Liked by 20 people

  8. MelH says:

    He says what he’s going to do and he DOES it! Thank you God for sending this genius to us just in the nick of time!

    Liked by 22 people

  9. Not Ideal says:

    0640 on the East Coast and it’s already been a great day. Thank you, VSG and Sundance.

    Liked by 10 people

  10. waltherppk says:

    Liked by 3 people

    • pnj01 says:

      Sorry but the Democrats win only “immoral victories.” They kill babies, don’cha know?

      Liked by 7 people

      • waltherppk says:

        It was facetious humor about the Leftist Virtue Signal Corps, Scripture Subverting Pharisee and Immaculate Hypocrite Divisions……Onward, Forward to the good fight and slaughter.

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  11. sundance says:

    The media are already running around with their hair on fire and nothing has even started yet.

    Oh noes, muh Mercedes is going up in price… 😀

    Liked by 37 people

  12. Fromseatoshinningsea says:

    Second term, with our economic muscle starting bulge President Donald Trump will renegotiate the debts.

    Liked by 21 people

  13. StanH says:

    This is awesome. Mr. Trump says what he means and means what he says. Hey Canada, this is what happens when you elect an inexperienced pajama boy like our Barry to negotiate with a real man. Get ready for your haircut Justin…you effete little twit, time to rush to your safe place and have yourself good cry.

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  14. Jim in TN says:

    I think they are also desperately trying to stop Trump’s vision of true free trade. Hoping that they can keep all their politically necessary tariffs by giving in on Trump’s starting demands.

    I also wonder if our agricultural sector has realized that subsidies would have to end in that vision?

    Liked by 8 people

    • AH_C says:

      Grassley knows it. His problem is accepting reality while currying continued favor from Agribusiness. Luckily for him, he only has to do this for a couple more years before hanging his hat. I’d just as soon see him retire early, ie next year or after 2020, so we can stick in new blood to gain incumbency in 2022.

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      • TheWanderingStar says:

        I watched Wilburine’s testimony before Grassley’s Ag Committee and I wished at the end Sec Ross would have stood up and given them the finger.

        Sec Ross provides big picture, long term stats and trends, and sound economic explanation and the members retort with last/this season’s wheat yields and prices being down without explanation. And one example of specialty metal prices (presumably tariff’ed) hurting a farm implement small business in Kansas. (Come to find out they are probably in line to receive a tariff exemption. Ross committed to call the owner today.)

        These congress critters really need to up their game. And for all the good that Grassley is doing right now on his Judiciary Committee, it is probably a good thing that he is retiring.

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    • powderdayrules says:

      Our government forcing us to add ethanol to gasoline needs to end as well.

      Liked by 11 people

    • Tonawanda says:

      “I also wonder if our agricultural sector has realized that subsidies would have to end in that vision?”

      Very interesting question/insight.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Amy2 says:

        I’m willing to pay more for groceries. It is a small trade compared to saving in every other category (just about-still waiting on health care) A big “yahoo” to President Trump for eliminating the inheritance tax on farms. That was insane.

        Liked by 1 person

        • kroesus61 says:

          do not recognize the name but SD has written on this here several times in the micro and macro…..there is a built in 25-30% premium on your groceries NOW created by artificial shortages of foods produced here so the multinational global corporations can ship them elsewhere for a greater profit

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          • LafnH20 says:

            Excellent!!

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          • LafnH20 says:

            In the case of corn…
            Just watering down the gas with “Ethanol”
            Transferring More $$$$ (Ours) to da globilists.

            Raising the price on cattle feed, creamed corn, taco shells, etc., here in the U.S.. Transferring More $$$$ (Ours) the globilists.

            All the while, stealing more $$$$ (Ours) for the Globilists via shipping, taxes, regulations, etc.

            And so on.

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    • Holy hell: I’ve only just realized the implications!

      President Trump isn’t just taking the MONEY out of AMERICAN POLITICS.

      He’s taking the money out of GLOBAL POLITICS, too!

      Liked by 11 people

      • kiskiminetas says:

        Indubitably sir and correct!

        Liked by 2 people

      • deepdivemaga says:

        You’re exactly right. Not only is Trump tackling the Deep State, the Mainstream Media, and American (Globalist) Money in AMERICA, he is simultaneously taking on the New World Order, Global Elite, Geopolitical Chessboard all the while getting absolutely no backing from ANYONE but the common man. He doesn’t even have support within his own party’s structure!

        Trump, with the backing of the (majority) of the United States military, is taking on the largest power structure probably in history. AND HE’S WINNING. We are so blessed to have this man on top. Absolutely CRUCIAL. I believe he is just about the ONLY man in this country to do what he is doing.

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    • Esperanza says:

      When they stopped subsidies in New Zealand on lamb, they lost 1 yes one farm. Subsidies are harmful to farmers. French farmers are committing suicide in droves because they can’t make a living. Subsidies are for big agro. Just another ol’ boys back slap.

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  15. John Lewis says:

    A request from England

    Please will someone tell me what is a Winnamin?

    Liked by 2 people

    • DanO64 says:

      Vitamins for WINNERS.

      Liked by 4 people

    • MfM says:

      Not sure… winning and vitamin combined?

      Liked by 1 person

      • peace says:

        yes, when you combine parts of two words to make a new word it’s called a portmanteau word – e.g. take the sn from snubbed and replace it with the ph from phone and you have the new word phubbed meaning snubbed by someone conversing on their phone.

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        • steph_gray says:

          The term “portmanteau word” was coined by Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland (or maybe it was the Through the Looking Glass sequel) by the character of Humpty Dumpty, who explains it in depth. I believe he declared that “a word means what I choose it to mean.”

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          • Cuppa Covfefe says:

            Sounds like the linguistic equivalent of “Calvinball” (from Calvin and Hobbes).

            Winnamins are especially high in Vitamin T, an essential component of MAGA. Indeed, they put Bovril and Marmite to shame (all of the gain, but none of the pain 🙂 )…

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    • bluesky says:

      a winning vitamin.

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    • Snow White says:

      It’s a word play; winning is like taking vitamins, hence winnamins.😁😁

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    • Christopher Johnson says:

      A drug so potent that even discussing its existence in Great Britain is subject to jail time.

      Liked by 14 people

    • USA loves Melania says:

      I think you have vitamins in England (but you probably pronounce it funny). Winnamins are like those except there is winning involved. The English ain’t had any winnamins since about Maggie Thatcher and the Falkland War.
      My people came from England (they got out while the gittin’ was good) so you and I are probably cousins or something. Say cuz, do y’all still have those “Page 3” girls over there? Remember Melinda Messenger? Anyway, say howdy to the Queen for me. Cheerio.

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      • Kristin says:

        USA: you are funny. Great to have you HERE and not there!

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      • John Lewis says:

        Page 3 girls? Not a chance in today’s PC Britain. It might upset the Muslims.

        I’m trying to get out before it all blows up and join my family in the US. Doing it by the book though so another 9-10 years before I get close to a green card ☹️

        Liked by 3 people

        • steph_gray says:

          Doing it by the book: 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I wish you al the best in that endeavor!

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    • ms100 says:

      I believe it’s a portmanteau of the words winning and vitamins. Treepers, correct me if I’m wrong.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Rebcalntx says:

        ms100, Yes its that combination. Sundance mind is so happy he comes up with these words & wonderful articles. Giving us deep insights into what is happening & can articulate it so well. I don’t think you can appreciate it unless you are a truth seeking Deplorable. Just read how he quotes Sharpton saying ” resist we much” oh gosh I laugh every time. Thank you Sundance. Much love from a Latin women in South Texas. I get it.

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    • DebbieUK says:

      What a pity useless Mrs May didn’t adopt the Trump stance with the EU leaving negotiations . Or maybe she will when they get on to talking about trade .I wont hold my breath . Well done President Trump.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Cuppa Covfefe says:

        Somehow I think May was brought in to put a spanner in the works. Farage seems to have been thrown under the bus (153 line, I think) and is just watching. Don’t know if there was some dirt they had on him or what.

        May had a lot to do with GCHQ in her prior spot, so I see her as about as trustworthy as Bush Sr. I hope and pray that Brexit happens, no matter what. With Italy, Greece, Austria, Poland, and the Baltic states going their own way, it may hearten the Brexiters.
        It’s certainly helped the AfD and the conservatives in the CSU here in Germany…

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    • If I remember correctly, orginiated here at CTH. So much winning, we will need to take vitamins to keep from getting tired.

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    • Flubber says:

      Winning / vitamin…. I think…

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    • A2 says:

      If you are a Brit, Vitamins rhymes with Winnamins. 😀

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  16. Papoose says:

    Great Post!

    Beep! Beep!

    Liked by 2 people

  17. 0% auto import tariffs between the two isn’t going to lead to Trump dropping the steel tariffs – try again Angela.

    Liked by 6 people

  18. Trump USA Trade Policy: We’re America, Bitches!

    Ain’t is about dang time we flexed our massive muscles and stomped these yap dogs!

    Liked by 12 people

  19. Dennis Leonard says:

    And the Canadian dollar is sitting at 75.07

    Liked by 1 person

  20. NoJuan Importante says:

    Excellent reporting. This site could easily become a major news provider; maybe it already has.

    Liked by 7 people

    • GB Bari says:

      It is one of very few sites where real, unfiltered news is truly provided wherein each story is presented with all off the classic journalistic questions answered – what, when, who, where, how, why. PLUS, as a bonus, we get careful, well-reasoned and thoughtful analysis backed up by multiple reliable resources.

      THEN, as a double bonus – we get an above average amount of excellent commentary and additional information via a host of readers who apparently have diverse backgrounds with a lot of professional experience. And for the most part, the comments here reflect this professionalism by remaining clear of the usual hateful hyperbole, inane immaturity, and obnoxious vulgarity so prevalent in most other news websites that allow comments.

      Yes, I’m a fan. 😁

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  21. DanO64 says:

    Why is it that so many folks just love our VSG when it comes to how he deals with trade, North Korea, immigration, etc. but for some reason he is HELPLESS when it comes to Jeff Sessions, Rod Rosenstein, and Christopher Wray? Just ask N myself.

    Liked by 4 people

    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “..some reason he is HELPLESS when it comes to…”

      I don’t think “helpless” is the correct word. President Trump has stated on numerous occasions throughout the months that he has “chosen” NOT to get involved in the DOJ/FBI situation “at this time”.

      Most likely it is because of all the fake news MSM drivel steeped into the heads of millions of “sheeple” out there. We see things clearly – they do not. To see for yourself, just go to a few of the YouTube channels of the fake news MSM about a controversial story.

      The best example I know of is the CNN hit job (“debate”) with Dana Loesch and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). Our President has said he will intervene in that DOJ/FBI mess “if it becomes necessary”. Since he knows things we do not, evidently he feels that it is not necessary.

      Yet.

      The President does not shy away from a fight, he just chooses how and when to fight. It is far more important to get the economy moving and factories reopened, because those things take multiple months to achieve. I think once the ENTIRE country (despite the best efforts of the fake news MSM) is ummistakenly on the path to WINNING & MAGA – then he can step in and clean house with wholesale firings of insubordinate Executive branch employees.

      After all, there have to be jobs available for all those fired to do an honest day’s work, right?

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  22. VW built autos at Westmoreland, PN from 1978 to 1988, driven away by UAW. VW currently builds at Chattanooga, TN in billion dollar plant, currently expanding to 600,000 autos per year.

    BMW plant at Spartanberg, SC open since 1992, employes 8,800 Americas.

    Mercedes six billion dollar plant at Tuscaloosa, AL produced 286,000 autos in 2017, and 70% of their SUVs are exported, making M-B the second largest exporter of US produced autos.

    Monarch-monopolists are the enemy of all humanity,

    “Everything is a Rich Man’s Trick” > https://youtu.be/aoBmKvCneA8

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  23. Dan Patterson says:

    The re-balance that will take place will be fascinating; political implications are vast as are the moves in currencies, Brexit, the pollution of populations by invasion. Some of the recent actions by PDT might be seen as a return to isolationist policies prior to WWI and that’s not a bad thing.
    The business roundtable yesterday was much more powerful than the very powerful rally. A national personality is re-emerging similar to the one we had in the early 20th century but the transformation is much quicker and much more emphatic.
    Cheers y’all.

    Liked by 9 people

    • steph_gray says:

      Hmm,,, again, words matter. The globalists of the time undoubtedly coined the term “isolationist” which might have been much more accurately called “sovereignist” (as in sovereign nation).

      Liked by 1 person

      • Dan Patterson says:

        Thank you for that clarification. Wilson and his interference was the beginning of our intrusive government and isolationists were part of that era.

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        • steph_gray says:

          I’m not saying I have evidence on the actual coining of the term – it just makes sense to me (I am a word geek).

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  24. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    “Fraulein Merkel better quickly start adding to her NATO defense funding and reconsider her opposition to the Iran deal withdrawal.”

    Our own DOJ/FBI feigns “compliance” all the time concerning Congressional oversight/document production AND so far has been able to get away with. I would expect these people to try and feign compliance as well. However, I know our VSGPDJT and his pack of wolverines will not allow them to get away with faking it -they will insist on rock solid foundations.

    Our President Trump knows the importance of building skyscraper foundations on bedrock (or something just as stable).

    Back in the 1970’s I was not really following politics that closely. I was aware of the amount of money sent overseas as “foreign aid”, as well as our massive subsidizing of NATO. That never made sense to me. Back then, at least we received a little more truth from the MSM. Gosh, I remember when they used to mention the “Trilateral Commission”, etc. That seemed to end after the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980.

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    • KBR says:

      We received no more truth back then IMO.

      We just had no way to check their lies pre internet.

      Liked by 5 people

    • Cuppa Covfefe says:

      That silence was because of Bonesman Bushie-boy Sr. and Mika’s vowel-impaired father. Not to mention the other globalist/illumis put in to keep President Reagan in check. But he did great, in spite of them.

      Whole lotta flushing going on in the D.C. swamp… Once pizzagate really comes out, I think there will be government (and royal family) job openings all over the world. And I think that’s why Hollyweird is in such a foaming-at-the-mouth apoplectic rage – of fear…

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  25. RobInPA says:

    SO. MUCH. WINNING.

    Liked by 1 person

  26. wheatietoo says:

    Our VSG President knows that all of these guys would stab each other, to get a better deal for themselves.

    There is no ‘loyalty’ between them.
    They will elbow each other out of the way, in their rush to get a better deal.

    Chrystia Freeland is getting a taste of this, in the way that her “trade sister” just tossed her aside.
    Heheh.

    This is just so funny to watch.
    I love our President so much!

    Thanks, Sundance, for this well-written update on the ongoing saga of…
    ‘President Trump Teaches The World About Fair Trade’.

    Although I think you’re being too generous with Angela Merkel by calling her “Fraulein Merkel”.
    I doubt that anyone has called her ‘fraulein’ in 30 years.
    Haaa.

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  27. westray hazzard says:

    But the best days are past…America is in decline…That’s not how we get things done here in Washington…ALL naysayers who harp “But you can”t do that”, should not interrupt the President from doing that very thing. THANK-YOU PRESIDENT TRUMP!!!

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    • TheWanderingStar says:

      “But you can”t do that”. And destroys the notion that, “Business people can’t handle politics, domestic or foreign policy or have the ability to run a government.” PDJT stomps that crap notion right into the ground.

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      • ImHopeful says:

        I can’t remember how many times I heard someone say “But he (PDJT) can’t try to run the country like a business, it won’t work.” And I kept thinking, no… that the problem was that no one running the country seemed to have any business sense at all.

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  28. MTK says:

    What comes next?

    A painful lesson… PDJT saying not good enough… tariffs are going to stay in place until all tariffs and duties on agricultural imports are zero.

    The lesson… doubling down is the price you pay for walking away and then going on second thoughts.

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  29. KBR says:

    There is a certain “transparency” involved in Germany alone making such a decision, via Grennell on Wednesday and then the whole EU, via Malstrom on Thursday, making such a declaration; apparently without even so much as a notification, much less a vote, by other EU “members.”

    All pretense of being a “Union of European Nations” is gone in one 24 hour period.

    In the EU “member nations” are merely puppet nations of Merkel’s III Reich and this shows it BLATANTLY for all citizens to see.

    If there were any doubt in Europe that the EU=the III Reich, this Reichish-German decision should make it fully transparent.

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    • KBR says:

      BTW! Love your TTFN reference re Merkel closing the door on the rest…

      And as for the “sisters in trade” well…here’s another that fits with EU/Merk/Malstrom being Tigger, and (hugs) Freeland being in a gloomy state:

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      • steph_gray says:

        We need that Tigger picture around here for when otherwise usually sensible treepers take occasional dives into Eeyore despair when the latest leftist manufactured crisis hits.

        Instead of thistles we could hand out yummy condensed milk and “hunny.”

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    • So much truth in that statement. The EU is all sausage and no brie.

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    • Jenny R. says:

      That would be IV Reich, and while I shake my head in disgust at the German’s never-ending desire to control Europe, I also shake my head in disgust and incredulity at the rest of Europe, particularly France and somewhat Britain, thinking that once again they were going to pull off harnessing Germany for their own gains and not get burnt — as well as the rest of the EU countries thinking that it was going to work and that they would somehow benefit.
      Short and to the heart of the matter: none of them are innocent in this, and none thought that she would lose or that their sweet sweet dollars from Uncle Sam might just one day stop.

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      • KBR says:

        Thanks you are right IV Reich.

        (Although there are rumors that she is a descendant of the first Furher, making her just the second of that particular Reich, which never really died out.)

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        • Jenny R. says:

          Hence Reich III 2.o….but I have my doubts about that rumor. It really isn’t necessary, as she is bad enough on her own with no connections to Adolf.

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    • Cuppa Covfefe says:

      It would be the IV. Reich, but Merde-kel and her Marxist cabal are not doing any of us in Germany any good, so please don’t blame it on us. Placing blame on the individual countries distracts and moves it away from the REAL CULPRITS – the globalists, and their clubs in Brussels and Strasbourg, and the UN in NewYork. The illumis want to have everyone blamed but them… Time to take THEM out…

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      • Jenny R. says:

        No, you do have to accept some of the blame — much like some (more than people think) Americans own up to Bush/Clinton/Obama, Germans have to come to grips with the fact that the person to blame for their woes stares back from a mirror at them.
        Otherwise you will never realize any sort of freedom for yourselves…believing you have no power.
        Consent of the governed and all that.

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  30. bullnuke says:

    One thing that irritates me is the constant referral to a possible trade war. The US has been attacked with unfair trade policies for decades. We finally have a president who will fight rather than raise the white flag. As with all “wars”, the US never initiates them. By getting elected, our president has put himself in a position to fix this for the American people. A joy to behold. Thank God for President Trump.

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  31. What’s France got to use as leverage? Whine & cheese ??? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Which begs the question, why was Trump’s 1st (and only) state dinner for Mr. Eiffel Tower? I still don’t understand that.

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    • KBR says:

      Our President gave Macron a chance to be a brilliant leader for France.

      Macron chose to be Merkel’s patsy. (Patsy definition, a person who is easily swindled, deceived, coerced, persuaded, etc.; sucker.)

      Macron=SUCKER

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      • Kate says:

        KBR do you suppose he has learned a great lesson? I believe the world must understand now that America is back, VIVA President Trump!

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        • KBR says:

          Somehow I doubt it. Macron strikes me as a Merkel syncophant, unlikely to change.
          Macron is in the Reich, after all.

          Macron will sidle up to Die Führerin and then likely pretend he knew and approved all along.

          However I believe he is also a sniveller, so he may whine just a little bit while he sidles up.

          Merkel and HRC are two sides of same coin. Thus, I cannot help wondering if there have been as many Reichincides as there have been Arkancides?

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      • The French inclination is always to bend and snap!

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        • Grandma- right on. If anyone doubts the truth of what you say, just look what has happened in France due to the Muslim invasion. France is now an occupied country.

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          • kroesus61 says:

            I would not call 15% an “occupation” but the French do have an uncanny tendency for full surrender when they meet any resistance so the situation does indeed seem hopeless at the moment

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    • DiogenesVindicated says:

      Because the key to the EU goes through the French German economic alliance?

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    • Jeff says:

      Becaue without the French’s help, the Founders may not have succeeded in their glorious labor.

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    • Jenny R. says:

      If you want to gain advantage over Europe, just drive a wedge through the Franco-German alliance…or rather, just reveal that it was never much of an alliance in the first place (which it never is).

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    • Esperanza says:

      Actually we don’t really have a dog in the fight, we are also a victim of German trade practices. We don’t trade that much with the US. We have a deficit but it’s not that big. Nor with the UK. I think T thought Manu would watch the master at work and get ideas. It seems not. We have a US / France, Germany / China situation. And that’s before you factor in Merkel ‘s open borders backstab.

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      • Jenny R. says:

        You very much have a dog in this fight: France is stifled, and largely due to its own policies. And while you are a victim of German trade practices (that help with said stifling), France did make the deals with them — hoping to ride the German industrial work horse to glory. And for all the talk of German transgression (which has a great element of truth), France stabbed itself in the back pretty well with regards to allowing people in all on its own.

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        • Esperanza says:

          So true, but I was talking about the tariffs. We have, I think one steel foundry left. The tariffs wouldn’t affect us much. This is a total Germany fest.

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  32. Snow White says:

    I love the taste of the winnamins early in the morning. More please 😁😁😁. And thank you Lord Jesus for our VSG president Trump, bless him and keep him safe in your mighty hand.

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  33. William says:

    The liberal Canadian leader is really dumb.

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  34. repsort says:

    when she surrenders, that Canadian woman will send PDJT, VSG, a smiley face and all will be well.

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  35. SW Richmond says:

    Nuke em till they glow.

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  36. TheWanderingStar says:

    Sllluuurrrppp! Ahhhhhhhh! Yep, SD, that was a satisfying sip.

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  37. TigerBear says:

    The crying closets are going to be overflowing with tears! 😄🤣

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  38. I am still in shock from learning that Volvo is being manufactured in China.😱

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    • Your Tour Guide says:

      They were also interested in buying SAAB from GM when
      Obama made GM close down Pontiac, Saturn, Hummer,
      and SAAB. GM ( most probably, Obama), refused to sell.

      So Sweden lost 1 of their 2 major car makers. But they
      gained diversity.

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    • cccp3-o says:

      Volvos still are made in Sweden, just owned by Geely.
      Just as Jeeps made in US, but owned by Fiat…..thanks 0

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    • Kristin says:

      Look at Jaguar and Land Rover : owned by the Indian company Tata Motors since 2008
      Belgium does not even own their own airline any longer :
      Lufthansa purchased 45% of the company in 2009, and on September 29, 2016, Lufthansa announced it would purchase the remainder of Brussels Airlines.The transaction was completed in early January 2017.

      These countries cannot hold on to their Crown Jewels pretty soon.

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      • Esperanza says:

        Lufthansa belongs to Air France.

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        • Cuppa Covfefe says:

          Nope.

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          • Esperanza says:

            Sorry, that’s KLM. Got my teutons mixed up. 😀

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            • Cuppa Covfefe says:

              Rootin teutons.

              KLM kind of started going downhill after merging with Northwest Orient. We flew KLM to the states in the late 1990s, with our infant son, and it was quite nice. Not sure if I’d want to, now. Sad how many of the great firms have been damaged by rampant cost-cutting and cut-throat tactics.

              Having said that, it’s a LOT cheaper to travel internationally (adjusting for inflation) than it was 40-50 years ago… I’d still prefer the Star Trek transporter, provided it worked OK
              (and converted my excess pounds into currency 🙂 )…

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  39. MOAT-in-the-Making:
    “She [EU Trade Commissioner Malmstrom] also said the WTO needs rules to address China’s subsidies and dumping of its goods in markets.”

    IMPACT: YUGE
    President Trump will put the Auto Tariffs on the EU.

    They will STAY [WHY NOT?] until …
    • The EU drops ALL Tariffs.
    • The EU drops ALL Quotas.
    • The EU drops ALL Subsidies.

    Translation: The EU becomes a Circular Trade-War Firing Squad.
    • As Individual EU countries EXIT to cut Bilateral Trade Deals for the above.

    Bonus: Why not have the Auto Tariffs CONTINUE until …
    • The EU then gets the WTO to END China’s Cheating.
    • The WORLD ENDS China’s Theft of Intellectual Property.

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  40. MOAT 2.0 in case the EU doesn’t think President Trump is SERIOUS:

    Auto Tariffs on JAPAN’s cars, trucks and PARTS.

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  41. geomphys says:

    Oh SD trust me. I am sipping the news very slowly with my freshly brewed morning coffee. My coffee never tasted better than this. That poboy Emanuel made himself a hopeless fool big time. Our PDJT will never look at him or treat him the same way ever. It’s gone, idiot.

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  42. KBR says:

    It should be noted that Malstrom’s last sentence might contain a hint of how the EU hopes that their meager and non-beneficial-to-US-workers-offering might be boosted toward “acceptable.”

    “She also said the WTO needs rules to address China’s subsidies and dumping of its goods in markets.”

    IOW: EU MIGHT support your China decisions if you accept our offer: it is just a little sweetener to help you swallow our little medicine for you, President Trump…

    I think the EU still overestimates EU scheming-intelligence, and still underestimates the VSG.

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  43. pnj01 says:

    The scary thing is how easily POTUS does it. We have had traitors running our foreign policy and our trade policy and our border policy. The worst enemies POTUS still has are those traitors sitting in the Congress on both sides of the aisle and those in the courts and DOJ who are looking for ways to nullify the Election. Somehow, though, POTUS will prevail if he gets a Republican Majority re-elected this Fall. Then he will just have to go to war with the remaining RINOs and clean them out. Already many of them are skittering away looking for the exits. The rest will either fall in line after the Midterms or be destroyed. GO TRUMP!

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    • GB Bari says:

      Yes, and of course it’s not easy at all. Brilliant people always make extremely difficult tasks appear to be easy. What you don’t see are the many hours, days, weeks, and months of very careful pre-planning.

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  44. KBR says:

    I just cannot stop laughing at the TiggerMerkleEU reference. 🤣😂😄😁

    There is gold in that meme:

    Here, Illustrating the Trump (honey) Derangement Syndrome:

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  45. Foxy says:

    while I agree with most of the “in your face” chest thumping expressed here it might be more productive to view this as leveling the playing field for American business. A strong team doesn’t need to showboat or grandstand….. just the play the godamn game and keep the refs out of the way

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    • KBR says:

      Strong supporters for the actual team doing the work, are certainly allowed to celebrate a victory over those who

      1) called us all kinds of names
      [trailer trash, low-IQ, uneducated, jobless medicaid recipients,
      and funnily, words they proclaimed insulting:
      nationalists (we proudly are supporters of our nation)
      xenophobes (we don’t like illegal aliens) racists (we are not fond of Sharia cut yer head off, and take and genitally mutilate child brides) and take over your country)
      and other various ridiculous PC ridicule]

      2)broadcast nasty assumptions about our intelligence levels, and

      3)fully and loudly supported HRC (the stumbling crook) when she called us every dirty name she could read off a prompter.

      We strongly believe in “turn-about is fair play” in our celebratory mode, and we fully approve of PDJT’s “hit em back twice as hard” rule.

      We are hitting back.

      Don’t be a PC wimp, Foxy.

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    • Amy2 says:

      No but we can spike the ball once in a while. Did you just try to suck all the air out of the room?

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  46. Kristin says:

    Delicious Sundance!
    Simply delicious. Not only the beautiful dance of our President and his trade cabinet but your writing this morning is the cherry on the top.
    Thank you.

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  47. Jazcox says:

    This hasn’t been reported anywhere on the business networks! If true, Fox Business would be all over it!

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  48. Publius2016 says:

    President Trump offers a Great Deal to start negotiations so next time take it…the longer you wait the more it’ll cost as more and more leverage applies…with SPACE FORCE next, it’s about the FUTURE OF AMERICAN INDUSTRY DOMINANCE…WE ARE POISED FOR THE NEXT LEVEL OF AMERICAN GREATNESS…keep your eyes fixed to the stars!

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  49. 335blues says:

    Lord, canadians are huge SNOBS.
    Never once do these canadian snobs offer ANY CONCERN AT ALL for the American people
    the American worker.or the American economy.
    They mention “Trump won by the thinnest of margins.”
    306 to 232 is the thinnest of margins? Canadian morons will never understand the electoral college, and its purpose in protecting the votes of all the little people in “the rural areas”.
    “These people in Scranton, Detroit and Ohio, these blue collar workers, they actually believe Trump is helping them.” Idiots, Trump IS helping us.
    “If you get out of the big cities, like san francisco, chicago, new york, where the people are very well educated, upper middle class…” , in other words, progressive shiteholes that have been destroyed by the marxist democrat party.
    On the one hand the speaker decries macron’s progressive policies, on the other hand he says the answer for canada is “blue democrats”, never once acknowledging Trump’s policies are working.
    Canada spends a measly $19 billion, or 1% of its GDP on defense. Why so little?
    Because they know America, and American blood is always there to protect them.
    Canadians will always be ignorant snobs.

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    • Amy2 says:

      I lived in Clearwater, Florida in the late 70’s and early 80’s. LOTS of Canadians who live there in the winter. Video games were just making their appearance, and they would always ask for a receipt written (yes, we had hand written receipts for large purchases then!) much less than the purchase price. When they paid, they also wanted to use Canadian $$. That’s fine, but you’ll have to pay the additional 11% difference (at the time).

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    • Esperanza says:

      Met à New Yorker realtor on the train this morning. She looked drained out. Spoke like she was on some sort of anti depressant. People in big cities are not doing well. Living in a shithole for big bucks doesn’t make you feel good. Lost all her retirement funds in the sub prime debacle. Can’t retiré. She complained about high taxes lol and the new can’t deduct it lol. I said oh but you were outsourcing paying for all your free stuff to red states. She said what free stuff? I should have said are you saying your taxes aren’t being spent wisely? Lol. I delicately gave her a 1/4 red pill. She took it. Have her # walk away in no time. 😀

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  50. alliwantissometruth says:

    I sort of feel sorry for our President. What is he going to do after he fixes everything?

    Seriously, when will these feeble minded leftist pissants, with their advanced degree’s in basket weaving, figure out they’re no match against a true leader?

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