Apoplectic Trade Reactions From German Auto-Sector…

Within the German economy the auto-sector holds the largest political influence.  Because of this dynamic all German politicians kneel at the knee of the big industrial auto manufacturers.  It has been said that losing support from within the auto-sector is much worse on a German politician than losing support from party or parliament.

Because of this dynamic; and specifically because the German auto-sector is dependent on the United States as their biggest customer, President Trump holds leverage over German Chancellor Angela Merkel.  This makes Fraulein Merkel unhappy.

President Trump wants three EU issues resolved: 1) Germany to contribute the minimum 2% of GDP for their own NATO defense.  2) Germany/EU to support enhanced sanctions against Iran; and  3) President Trump wants all German/EU protectionist trade barriers and tariffs lowered or eliminated – and new trade deals negotiated.

To gain momentum on these initiatives, President Trump is using the economics of trade as leverage.  Trump has suggested a 20% tariff on all EU automobiles shipped into the U.S. [The same standard now likely proposed toward Canada]  The German auto-sector, and as a consequence the German economy, simply cannot survive without low cost access to the U.S. market, their biggest customer.

Immediately following the election (December 2016), President Trump warned BMW (and others) about opening a manufacturing plant in Mexico; Trump suggested such a decision might backfire.  BMW ignored the warning and contracted with Mexico for an auto plant with intentions to use NAFTA to bring the completed cars to market.

The plant is anticipated to be operational in 2019; however, it is now increasingly likely that NAFTA will be dissolved and President Trump is threatening a 20% auto-tariff to any imported cars.   Accordingly, despite the prior warning, BMW is now going bananas:

BMW was planning on using the NAFTA loophole to assemble EU auto parts in Mexico for duty-free transport into the U.S.   However, now there’s a likelihood the BMW sedans planned to be built in Mexico could be subject to U.S. tariffs and they cannot gain benefit from the NAFTA loophole.

BMW builds SUV’s in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  The reason they build them there is due to a 25% pre-Trump existing tariff on imported SUV’s.   It looks like BMW made a bad decision to build an car plant in Mexico; although their position as expressed within the Reuters article fails to mention this aspect at all.   Obviously they don’t mention the 2016 warning from President-Elect Trump either.  {{{snicker}}}

Meanwhile, President Trump just keeps applying more layers of winnamin leverage upon the desk of German Chancellor Angela Merkel:

Poland has offered to host a smaller contingent of U.S. forces; and Poland already fully meets their obligations to NATO defense spending.    Funny how that happens.

The Pentagon is analyzing the cost and impact of a large-scale withdrawal or transfer of American troops stationed in Germany, amid growing tensions between President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to people familiar with the work.

The effort follows Trump’s expression of interest in removing the troops, made during a meeting earlier this year with White House and military aides, U.S. officials said. Trump was said to have been taken aback by the size of the U.S. presence, which includes about 35,000 active-duty troops, and complained that other countries were not contributing fairly to joint security or paying enough to NATO.

Word of the assessment has alarmed European officials, who are scrambling to determine whether Trump actually intends to reposition U.S. forces or whether it is merely a negotiating tactic ahead of a NATO summit in Brussels, where Trump is again likely to criticize U.S. allies for what he deems insufficient defense spending.  (read more)

Anyone noticing a pattern?

Interestingly, two Canadians are able to connect the dots very easily.

Ezra Levant of Rebel Media and Manny Montenegrino, President & CEO Think Sharp Inc. discuss the dynamic and obvious comparisons and parallels.

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“Complicated business folks,… Complicated business”

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263 Responses to Apoplectic Trade Reactions From German Auto-Sector…

  1. Bill says:

    Another example of Dr. Donald J. Trump’s extra strength Winnamins in action.

    MAGA

    Liked by 21 people

    • fleporeblog says:

      Our President at the rally in North Dakota stated that placing tariffs on automobiles was the end game in this WAR!

      When he places the 232 tariff on cars, trucks and parts, the automobile corporations will announce one right after the other that they decided they are either expanding and/or building a new plant in the US so that they don’t have to face a single tariff.

      The GARBAGE you are hearing from BMW and GM is complete BS! No one is leaving the USA 🇺🇸 to build their plants in other countries so that the cars and trucks are tariffed 25% when imported back into our country. It is so comical that they are telling Americans this crap 💩 on TV, newspaper articles, radio etc.

      Americans will purchase cars made in America because you won’t have the negative effect of tariffs driving up the price.

      Keep in mind that $192 billion dollars in cars, trucks and parts are imported each year into the USA 🇺🇸. $96 billion from NAFTA alone.

      Once those corporations come back and TRUMPISM becomes the requirement to be elected President in the future, they will never leave again.

      That is EXACTLY what is going to happen!

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      • piper567 says:

        really encourage people to watch the embedded video, ^^^.
        This Manny guy really gets Trump, and I’m surprised at how adamant he is ab Trump being fair and correct.
        The other fellow, Ezra is suitably pessimistic re Canada’s options.
        Very good, very informative.

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        • Piper, that was a TERRIFIC VIDEO.
          Unheard of INTERVIEWER INTEGRITY and EXPERT HONESTY.

          STUNNING ANNUAL IMPACT in TRADE LOSSES
          • $100 Billion: Auto-Assembly Plant Relocations to America
          • $50-$100 Billion: Export Trade Lost with China & Japan & S. Korea & EU & USA
          … as they Cut Trade Surpluses with America by buying American, not Canadian
          • $TBD Billion Goods & Services Sales reductions for Jobs Lost above

          PLUS GROWING GOVERNMENT BURDEN
          • $20 Billion: Canada’s Annual Unmet Funding for Commitment for NATO
          • $30 Billion: Carbon Taxes Trudeau imposed yesterday at $600 to $1,200 per person

          [Projected Secondary Effects]
          SOCIALISM CONSEQUENCES (ROOPM – Running Out of Other Peoples’ Money)
          • Unemployment Cost Burden SPIKE
          • Welfare Cost Burden SPIKE
          • Tax Receipts PLUNGE
          • Social Services CUTBACKS
          • Healthcare Coverage & Staffing REDUCTIONS
          • Healthcare Cost-Sharing & Service-Delay SPIKES

          ECONOMIC DEATH SPIRAL
          • Business Investment REDUCTIONS
          • Business WAGE & HIRING FREEZES
          • Business LAYOFFS & CLOSURES
          • Tax HIKES … Rinse & Repeat

          Liked by 21 people

          • gerkenstein says:

            But at least they will feel morally superior in their poverty.

            Liked by 9 people

          • piper567 says:

            BKR, I actually thought of you when I was watching it!! I just KNEW it was right up your alley.
            Glad you did a transcript. Just a terrific picture of the devastating stupidity of socialistic approaches. I love it that the Canadians have NO back-up plan for their thieving ways…the NAFTA dirty little secret.
            I agree…the Ezra guy was actually suitably alarmed and incredulous that Sparkles is “taking days off”, ha!
            Shocking honesty, yes.

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          • Dutchman says:

            You know how much lobbying goes on, to NOT close military bases, here in the US? There is a yuuge financial impact, to closing military bases.

            So, this is on top of the tarriffs. And if the PURPOSE of NATO is to provide counterbalance to Russia, seems logical to have our troops closer TO Russis.

            Like in the former eastern block countries who A) know and understand Russia B) pay up their NATO dues C) just happen to be fighting the EU open borders.

            So, lets put our troops where it is logical, strategic, and rewards those who we agree with, and penalises those who we don’t.

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            • kroesus61 says:

              the purpose of NATO was to counterbalance the USSR (and later Warsaw Pact)…..maybe you did not notice that the USSR no longer exists……how would you feel if China or Russia were stationing troops in Canada or Mexico on our border…there is such a thing as containment that becomes VERY provocative in nature….Ukraine that NATO and the US complain about with its linked Crimea are the FAULT of those same entity….while PDJT has been getting investigated for “Russian Collusion in US elections” we enabled a coup in the Ukraine b/c the duly elected government was too Russian friendly to our desires

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              • Ralph DeVane says:

                If I were an aggressive socialist country like Russia, I’d be worried, but Russia knows if they behave themselves and play nice, there will be no threat from our troops. The fact that Russia is whining, says they want to continue their aggression. Never mind that the Russians are paranoid as hell anyway.

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            • Bud Klatsch says:

              And of course, all these years, the Germans have been charging America premium rates for leasing their sovereign property to station our military. Incredulous!

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            • Great perspective, Dutchman!

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          • Sunshine says:

            Plus Climate Barbie, Canada’s environment dumb blonde, is redirecting $3 Billion from Canadians’ Pension Plan to invest in (failed) green energies.

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        • SwampRatTerrier says:

          Many on the thread recommended this video right after Ezra’s.

          Liked by 2 people

      • jbt says:

        ‘Trump’ – what an apropos name for our President!

        Liked by 11 people

      • wheatietoo says:

        “Once those corporations come back and TRUMPISM becomes the requirement to be elected President in the future, they will never leave again.”
        ____

        That’s it, Fle.
        This is how we make Pres Trump’s hard work live on, and on!

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      • bghemisfear says:

        How about no more “politicians” i.e. crooks in the WH. And eventually fewer in the Senate and the US House of Representatives. Politicians have not and typically do not represent me and my community/the USA. Constitutional TRUMPISM! Amen to that!

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    • Jake says:

      Had a short but interesting conversation at lunch yesterday. I asked an old friend if he was still planning on vacationing in Mexico next winter. He implied that the President has created a hostile relationship with our foreign friends and Americans won’t be welcome outside our borders….. WTF? Is that the new narrative in the Trade Imbalance war?

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      • Robert Smith says:

        This has been the running idea ever since Trump announced. The earlier version used to be that tourism to the US has been impacted. The earlier, earlier version used to be that foreign college students would choose not to come to the US after 9-11 and, later, Trump.

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      • yucki says:

        The cartels have created an even more hostile relationship with HUMANS.

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        • Turranos says:

          The World’s Most Dangerous Cities
          Los Cabos, Mexico is the most dangerous city in the world with a murder rate of 111.33 per 100,000 people. This city’s position on the list of the world’s most dangerous cities is indicative of the increase in crime that Mexico has experienced over the last year. In 2017 and 2018, the resort town of Los Cabos has made headlines news for a string of alarming murders. The majority of the violence in Los Cabos has mostly been related to the drug trade, and tourists have not been the target. Nonetheless, the instances of violence are still drastic, and have earned the popular vacation destination a spot on the top of the list of the world’s most dangerous cities.

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    • Justin Trudeau Is not looking like a very smart man, he is gonna fall out of favor with the Canadian people very fast.

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  2. cthulhu says:

    There should be a law that no US troops be stationed in a NATO country that has not met its financial commitments, on the grounds that their citizens can pay their arrears in blood before NATO troops arrive to free any survivors.

    Liked by 22 people

  3. CarolynH says:

    BMW will rue the day they decided to build in Mexico – tomorrow they elect a Chavez-like socialist to run the country.

    Liked by 23 people

    • cthulhu says:

      They used to seem like smart people…..

      Liked by 3 people

      • Deb says:

        Our “ruling” class, our corporate overlords, have all been drinking the same kool aid. They thought globalism was unstoppable.

        Liked by 15 people

        • jmclever says:

          Globalism is a euphemism for communist take over of the world. The first step in that covert war is to tank the economy of target country and then make the people dependent on the govt. That was the bullet we dodged last election. The communists cant take over the world without tanking America’s economy for reasons many have already stated. It seems that now the tactic has shifted to radically tanking Mexico and Canada’s economies and installing radical leftists to destabilize both northern and southern border. POTUS Trump threatening to withdraw US Troops from NATO freeloaders (and he’ll do it too!) will throw a YUGE wrench into the works of the Communists plan by further strengthening America while at the same time destabilizing EU delinquent governments and waking up its citizens to reality. Its a lot like throwing your 20 year old SJW out of your basement for their own good (and yours).

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          • Dutchman says:

            Not sure I’m comfortable with calling them ‘communists’,although otherwise I agree with you.

            Corruption is the tie that binds. Itan mullahs profess an islamic ideology, but thats just a
            Communists, socialists, ditti. The common elements are corruption, and control. All the ideological platitudes are b.s.

            Many have commented, on the same people crying ‘islamaphobia, religion of peace!’ are the same ones crying about LBGTQ rest of alphabet, even tho koran calls for throwing gays off roofs.

            The ideology is b.s. Corruption, and Control.

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        • You mean they WANTED globalism to be unstoppable. Bigger paycheck for them.

          Liked by 5 people

        • SwampRatTerrier says:

          Soros Flavored?

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      • Ray Runge says:

        Certainly smart business people the Germans are. The mode of operation has been successful. Sell to USA citizens at a premium rate as “we” employ international loop holes to obtain a diminutive production cost.

        The victim? USA citizen. The Winners? Global captains of business and finance.

        Liked by 10 people

      • piper567 says:

        No offense to BMW fans, but I know a Czech couple, who are now citizens, who live in the Bay Area.
        They both completed Master Mechanic programs at Porsche, in Germany.
        They originally opened a Porsche repair business in Oakland, but soon hereafter switched their mark of choice to BMW, which car they now exclusively service. Why?
        BMW’s have more, and more expensive maintenance and repair needs. More lucrative business.
        They began doing all the required work, and now have ab 15 techs working for them.
        nice story.

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        • wheatietoo says:

          I’ve heard it said, that “It’s cheaper to maintain a Piper, than a BMW.”


          .
          Your net-name made me think of that.
          Heheh.

          Liked by 1 person

          • piper567 says:

            wheatie, I betcha Conrad would agree.
            He makes a TON of $$$ off these cars. I actually like German cars, but I never have liked driving BMWs. They make me feel too insulated from the road. Don’t like that. scary.

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            • Reloader says:

              I just bought a Corvette … a 2007 model but it looks and feels like Brand New. DOES NOT feel insulated from the road. Only “scary” part is immense torque and acceleration, coupled with grip that produces more than 1 g in turns and staggering braking force. Have always disliked Audi’s and Beamers … now they are shapes in my mirrors.

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            • michaelhamblin says:

              I drive a 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis, long since paid off. My friends thought I was nuts for buying an “old man car” used all those years ago in college. But the Panther platform represents some of the best of American engineering and manufacturing, and my car keeps going. Now my kids are old enough they shout and dance when they get to ride “in Daddy’s car” – you’d think they’d won lottery! Sometimes I get disparaging comments about the gas mileage being poor. I ask those people how much their repair bills or car payment are – fuel is much cheaper. I love my American made car, warts though it has I won’t trade it for any so-called “luxury import.” Those German names mean NOTHING to me except “money sink.”

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              • Dutchman says:

                Got ya beat. 1965 Corvair, 4 door. And no, parts are not hard to find, or expensive.
                Replaced 4brakes, new drums, pads, honed cylinders and reused, changed single master cylinder to dual.
                Cost? $140.

                Cruising down the highway at 70, with plenty in reserve,,,
                P R I C E L E S S !

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                • michaelhamblin says:

                  We’re in a small but proud club. I saw a 1970 model car just a few months ago with a sign posted in the rear window: No A/C. No Cruise Control. No Payments since the Nixon Administration!

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                • Your Tour Guide says:

                  My grandparents had a 1960 Corvair. For 22 years.
                  Would have kept it until they died, but they lived in Ohio.
                  The rust was bad enough that it was eventually unsafe.

                  Grandma and Grandpa both absolutely HATED Ralph Nader.

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              • Robert Smith says:

                There was a recent car and driver article with cops praising the last “real” cop car. C&D went to LA and reviewed, drove along, as one of the last Panther cop cars did a daily shift.

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              • piper567 says:

                Michael, I drove, among other vehicles, a 1965 step-side Dodge PU, until recently…which no one could convince to fail…slant 6.
                For many years, a friend’s son begged me to sell it to him.
                One day, I took it to the market, where I saw one like it, and pulled up beside it, rolling my window down. There was a sour-faced older woman in the passenger seat, and I told her she had a fine truck.
                She told me they were ready to come to the store when their car wouldn’t start. So her husband went out to this truck, which was under a tree somewhere, and she said, “he swept the mice out of it”, and it fired right up, and here she is!!
                Yep we once made them good. Hope we can again. Once, our cars looked American”…I would love it to be so again.

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          • Turranos says:

            I don’t have a lot of hours in BMW’s but I do have a lot of hours in Pipers.

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        • WSB says:

          Next time you are having cocktails with them, ask about the Mexico plant.

          (Snicker!)

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          • piper567 says:

            WSB, oh, yeah! I will…they are still in the Bay Area, and I am now up in the PNW, but I do keep in touch.
            I think I’ll give ’em a call.

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          • Carrie2 says:

            WSB, having worked in Mexico (Mexican companies), I would never buy anything made there because on the whole the workers there have very little skills or even understand enough English to build anything. One company with whom I worked literally had to stand over the workers to make sure they were doing good work because you couldn’t count on them doing so.

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            • WSB says:

              What a shame.

              Anyone who has done some traveling, knows what a special country the USA had been and what it has been stripped of.

              I notice after half a century that we are facing the same situation here, but I also know the potential of a few generations of free thinkers.

              Let’s hope and try to get this country back together again.

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        • Carrie2 says:

          piper567, my chiro was telling me his friend has a BMW and had a fender damage and to repair it cost $9K! No car is worth that in today’s world, thank you. I don’t see many BMW’s as before probably because they are expensive and any damage is repaired for a small fortune that many didn’t think they would be facing.

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        • anthony earl says:

          my 328i has 7 different ecu’s that can fail. i did not do my research before i bought it. so far its been good. hopefully it will last til i pay it off.

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          • Robert Smith says:

            Even BMW enthusiasts agree that leasing a BMW is the right move. Owning it will result in service woes later.

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      • jbt says:

        They used to BE smart people; the generations are eroding common sense, just like here.

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        • gerkenstein says:

          It’s probably more to do with the Marxist indoctrination from public schools than genetic decay though.

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        • Esperanza says:

          I think it’s just the German brain. Take a perfectly logical sound idea to extremes. Then refuse to change. Got to be crazy investing in Mexico. Might be a failed state.

          I do an international trade section with my students. Fascinating how living in stable law and order based societies makes us blind to the conditions on 90 per cent of the planet. My African students totally get it though. They also have stories to tell.

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          • Esperanza says:

            Sorry signed off too quickly, failed state and not because of Trump. In fact he’s doing them a favour. They are exporting and metastasing their corruption problems. Mexifornia is in noone’s interest. Mexico is huge already. How will it administer more?

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        • DiogenesVindicated says:

          Yep. Ditched their Nuke Plants and now enjoy the most expensive electricity in Europe.

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      • stephen fenlon says:

        the same ” smart ” Germans who were rigging their vehicles to fraudulently pass emissions tests worldwide ?

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        • gerkenstein says:

          It worked for quite a while didn’t it?

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        • Cuppa Covfefe says:

          Not just Germans. Get your facts straight. The control systems made by Bosch are used by auto manufacturers the world. Same kit…

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          • Cuppa Covfefe says:

            The world over, that is. Peugot, Citroen, GM, and a host of other companies use it.

            Øblowhole’s EPA moved the goalposts and the standards based on faulty “evidence” about particulate size, source and measurement of emissions, etc. Same folks who brought us all “global warming”.

            Idle test cycle is standard practice, and used by Dekra and Tüv over here for years.

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    • TexasDude says:

      Socialist like to take over companies and industries.

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    • Jake says:

      They didn’t think Trump would win and they thought the Russia narrative would neuter him. They chose poorly…….

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    • Cuppa Covfefe says:

      If it’s anything like Venezuela, that plant could very quickly become nationalized Mexican property. Venezuela’s done that twice in the last 60 years…

      Looks like BMW thought the BEAST was going to win. They should have known better…
      (Then again, they might have a board full of libtards and globalists…).

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  4. vikingmom says:

    The only reason that European nations were able to implement all of their socialist agendas for the past 50 years has been that the US has been covering the cost of defending their countries. There is no reason that the US taxpayer should be footing the bill for other countries’ unrealistically generous benefit packages! If we pull our military, their systems will collapse and they know it!

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    • I agree 100%. These Europeans come here on there one month vacations, spending tons of money on themselves, while we stay home and work to support them…I do not care about them.

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      • gawntrail says:

        And, to think… with all the handicaps for the last 50+ years… so many of us moved up the socio-economic ladder. Just think what we’re capable of with a level playing field.

        Liked by 6 people

        • jmclever says:

          A mission to Mars? A real cure for cancer? amazing infrastructure? The most amazing air ports and space ports? How about a Space Force?!

          Liked by 5 people

        • Robert Smith says:

          There was an economic study posted on here the other day that said we’d have an average income of $300,000+ if our yearly growth had not been hobbled.

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      • Too bad more working Americans don’t realize that we are subsidizing the vacations of Europeans. We need a much bigger megaphone.

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        • Cuppa Covfefe says:

          Care to explain how?

          I live and work in Germany, and have for the last 35 years (before which I was in Kalifornistan). I EARN my time off, and my vacation, with my hard work. NO American has paid into that.

          Honestly, with the hatred that is being spewed toward Germans and Europeans, is it any surprise to see how our YSM over here characterizes Americans? Show a little respect.

          If you have a beef with anyone, go after the globalists, the media, the pwned politicians, the UN, the EC, and that lot.

          1) The UN is unelected, yet they have assumed governance of the whole world
          2) the EC (European Commission) is also unelected, assuming governance of Europe
          3) Merde-kel and many other European leaders are NOT directly elected; rather they are a compromise (like a foul stew) resulting from scurrilous negotiations in smoky back rooms by agenda-driven misanthropic Marxist leeches bent on preserving their lives and ending ours
          4) many of these so-called violations/standards/etc. were made by the Greens (and the Øbozo EPA) who have NO grasp of science or technology whatsoever. The auto industry here (indeed ALL industry here) called them out back in 2011 about the infeasibility of the upcoming EU5, EU6, and purported EU7 emissions standards. And the “gubmint” chose to ignore them, as the few who DID have a clue were silenced.

          The end game is the elimination of ALL independent transportation whatsoever. All people in cities, easy to monitor, control, and brainwash. Control the food, water, energy, transportation, etc., etc., etc. A Green bureaucrat’s ultimate dream.

          Get rid of the idiot bureaucrats and politicians. Don’t blame the people. And it’s not just Europeans who come up with these idiotic ideas. Read “Philip Dru, Administrator”, penned by Edward Mandell “Colonel” (though he was nothing of the sort) House, closest advisor to US President Woodrow Wilson, and arguably one of the worst things to ever happen to the USA… The book is available on the net as a pdf. Quite disturbing reading.

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          • Because we provide the majority of the military protection for countries like Germany since WWIIi, that’s all. I consider that a subsidy. No one said Germans aren’t hard workers.

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      • Esperanza says:

        One month vacations is a myth. A week usually and staying with family.

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      • Cuppa Covfefe says:

        You’re painting with a really broad brush there. Look up the word “Grundlichkeit”. At least in South Germany (Baden-Württemberg and Bayern), work is work, and play is play. No screwing off or slacking off, so that vacation time is well-earned. And, having worked in the USA and all over Europe, yes, there are different standards, but the Germans do work hard.

        “In Search of Excellence” has a good chapter about Hewlett-Packard and how and why the Headquarters in Germany ended up in Böblingen. Hint: it wasn’t because of the parties…

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    • Bill says:

      Give the EU countries 30 days notice to get their affairs in order, if they haven’t started yet, then start bringing the troops home. Force them to make a decision, or face the consequences.

      MAGA

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      • Carrie2 says:

        Bill, we truly should bring out military back to the states as most of the time they are treated badly, scorned, and we need them here to protect our borders/ports and close down sanctuary cities/states. They know how to use weapons better than most due to necessity. Some of the countries sue our military stating that they had soldiers molesting/raping their women. Maybe so, but somehow I doubt it. Let Britain and France take over the battle in the ME because they created the problems there, and let’s not allow any more of men and women literally die for nothing that affects us. They don’t even thank us either which galls me even more.

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      • svenwg says:

        The absolute farce and slap in the face of America by the German politicians stating they will get their NATO contributions up to 1,5% by 2024 is appalling. President Trump should just tell them they have 30 days to contribute 2,5% to NATO to make up their shortfall or the USA 🇺🇸 will pull their military out of the country.

        The BS of them contributing 33% to the upkeep of the bases should be exposed for what it is. The American Soldiers spend their salaries in Germany contributing to their gdp while the USA 🇺🇸 sends Billions of dollars 💵 to Germany lowering the GDP of America.

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    • Deb says:

      The problem with socialism, you always run out of other people’s money. Rest In Peace Lady Thatcher.

      Globalism was just a way to keep redistributing the wealth on a global scale.

      Liked by 12 people

      • vikingmom says:

        Funny how the redistribution didn’t seem to go quite “evenly” though, did it? As always, when there is a redistribution of funds the folks “in charge” of it somehow seem to end up distributing a bit more back into their own pockets! The Clinton Global Initiative being the perfect example…

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        • GB Bari says:

          Vikingmom that is both an astute observation and an understatement. The poor morons who vote these con artists into power though either don’t realize it or don’t care as long as they can get their freebies and gubmint-paid benefits.

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      • Jayne gilmore says:

        By stealing from “we the people”. Not only our money but our jobs so we lost our homes. If globalism continued, we would turn into a 3rd world country, over run by illegal immigrants sucking up all our hard earned benefits.

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    • Paco Loco says:

      Exactemente!

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      • Carrie2 says:

        Paco Loco, precisemente and realment esto esta pasando por vivir con nuestro dinero, aceptar pagos minimos en trabajar aqui and robando nuestros trabajadores. Necesitamos E-Verify federalmente para proteger nuestra gente, PUNTO!

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    • Reloader says:

      It is even more than that: the American military forces and diplomatic corps SPEND THEIR WAGES and SALARIES in Germany. Re-deploying U.S. forces to Poland will be a Double-Whammy for Socialist Germany. What are the German words for “Train Wreck” ?

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      • EV22 says:

        It would also be much, much better for American troops in Poland as the cost of living is lower than in Germany. Poland was smart and didn’t join the euro.

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        • Dutchman says:

          And the Polish people love Reagan, love Trump, and would WELCOME our troops!.

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          • rvsueandcrew says:

            “The Polish people love Reagan, love Trump,” . . . . and love God.

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            • Turranos says:

              Back in the day, the Polish Resistance almost gave up the good fight. The leaders were tired and about to end their struggle. They had a little radio transmitter that they would send out a message once in a while. The did not do this very often as their transmitter could be discovered. One night, when all hope was gone & everything looked very bleak, the leaders sent out a message. “If you hear this message then blink your lights in your home or apartment.” The leaders then saw a lot of lights blinking in Warsaw and that gave them the resolve to continue the struggle until they finally won their freedom.

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        • Doreen Scott says:

          It would be safer for them too. The muslims have said they would like to kill our service men in Germany.

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      • Justanelectrician says:

        Chancellor Merkel

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  5. pam2246 says:

    How about that. A president that says what he means and does what he says!

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  6. emet says:

    As soon as the Mexican BMW factory is finished, Obrador will likely take it, along with anything else he can lay hold of. And I predict he will make a deal with the biggest cartel to eliminate all competing cartels, leaving just the one, esentially a government franchise. Anyway, if you are traveling to Mexico don’t forget to pack extra heads.

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    • Jeff P. says:

      Never again unless we decide to just Take Mexico and be done with the whole BS of it all.

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      • JoAnn Leichliter says:

        But once you had Mexico, what the heck would you do with it? It has been problematic (to be diplomatic) for centuries, and over the last, say, 150 years has really not improved much. A return to being a communist country will only make matters worse. Obrador wants to export as many of the original inhabitants as possible (his safety valve), I guess in order to make them feel good about once again being left out in a country that has the resources to be prosperous. Kleptocracies are all like that, apparently.

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        • Dogstar_K9 says:

          He wants to do what the Mexican Elite has always want to do, Mexico City for the social class, send the Mexican peasantry everywhere else.

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      • yucki says:

        We already waste too much on Puerto Rico.

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    • Turranos says:

      I used to go to Mexico a lot but I cut that out several years ago. I have an aversion to losing my head.

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  7. cbjoasurf says:

    Stands to reason to draw down our troops presence in countries that do not meet their financial commitments to NATO. IMHO I would think it a good investment to move a number of our troops to a country that keeps its financial commitment to NATO to show Germany and others we are serious.

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    • noswamp says:

      ” I would think it a good investment to move a number of our troops to a country that keeps its financial commitment to NATO to show Germany and others we are serious.”

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  8. Paul Tibbets says:

    I think these people are realizing Trump is pretty simple. He is not bluffing, he tells you he has pocket Aces and he is not worried about the cards that came on the flop. He tells you has you beat and you should fold, your pair of 5s are no good.

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  9. rumpole2 says:

    Angela had a bad day….


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    • litlbit2 says:

      It will only get worse as the loss of jobs and their trade surpluses become deficits. Next she also must add the additional defense expense and the overwhelming cost of her stupid immigration policy. Then as even the uneducated believers learn their media has also been lying and spreading fake news for the elite agenda for several years.

      IMO the folks of all these countries are about to receive the education of living in a fantasy land. The American piggy bank is now closed.

      Why these people in foreign lands are so upset is beyond me? Just think POTUS is only demanding and will get fair trade. Just suppose he took all their manufacturing, intellectual property, natural resources, jobs for the next generations and levied a enormous trade tax on all their remaining goods and services? Oh say for the next 30 years. Plus demand they provide military protection for the USA citizen along with providing the USA monies for selected corruption and freebies for all who do not want to work?

      Oh well there is always tomorrow. Thinking about that, President Trump will still be President! Round Two for MAGA? They should have taken the first offer. Choices.

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    • solomonpal says:

      So sad…too bad.

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    • Robert Smith says:

      Whatever area US troops based in Germany leave would be in a deep economic funk.

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  10. Moondance says:

    The thing is….Trumps demands on these “allies” are perfectly reasonable and just simple common sense…..allowing fair trade & paying fair share for military protection.
    The only question will be how long the foreign tantrums last before they step in line. Unfortunately, the left too often clings too their failed ideology as their countries implode. Elections will be their pivot point.
    Note….Mexico is imploding and the country veers even further left.

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  11. Jeff P. says:

    In the words of the late great David Bowie, Ahhhhhhhhh, Wam Bam Thank you Ma’am!
    Thank you for the Sunday Winnimins!
    MAGA! KAG! America First!

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  12. jahealy says:

    Such a breath of fresh air to have a POTUS standing up for the U.S., at long last, and holding our frenemies accountable. How DARE these virtue signaling weak-minded weenies assume they can continue to take advantage of us.

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  13. That’s a really good video….recommend.

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  14. Margaret Berger says:

    Great video, can totally see China throwing Canada under the wheat bus. A win win for them.

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  15. sDee says:

    The global gravy train grinds down – this is the Trump train.

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  16. American says:

    It could have been so simple for Germany. Maintain a healthy nation and work with other nations in Western Civilization to get even better results.

    But this stupid hag flung open those borders and actually started a massive campaign of civilization replacement. Did the leftardess traitor honestly think she could simply replace our civilization with an Islamic Theocracy sprinkled with Africans looking for welfare on top and nobody here would say anything? Unbelievable.

    Put her on trial Germany, capital crimes against Western Civilization and Germany. If you find her guilty and implement capital punishment on this beastly female traitor, you will have both my thanks and my blessing.

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  17. lakelurelife says:

    I’m guessing Angela & the EU would have an udder cow (haha) if the US moved even part of their base elsewhere. Many, many German civilians work at Ramstein Air Base alongside thousands of U.S. Military. Our military stationed there buy cars, travel all over Europe, buy groceries, clothing, see movies, etc etc.. That’s a lot of money that would be going to Poland.
    From Wikipedia:
    “Ramstein AB is part of the Kaiserslautern Military Community (KMC), where more than 54,000 American service members and more than 5,400 US civilian employees live and work. U.S. organizations in the KMC also employ the services of more than 6,200 German workers. Air Force units in the KMC alone employ almost 9,800 military members, bringing with them nearly 11,100 family members. There are more than 16,200 military, U.S. civilian and U.S. contractors assigned to Ramstein AB alone.”

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    • lakelurelife says:

      Two years ago, Germans formed a human chain around Ramstein AB, protesting the Air Force use of drones. The reality is, they were protesting the presence of the U.S. Military more so than the use of drones.
      They do not like our military there; They may soon get their wish! 🙂
      http://www.businessinsider.com/thousands-of-germans-surround-ramstein-air-base-to-protest-the-uss-use-of-drones-2016-6

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      • singinsoul says:

        Thank you for being honest. I have known from Germans how they do not like American military in Germany. They hide that fact well.

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        • 🍺Gunny66 says:

          They should move the base to Poland, or on the edge of the Black Sea in a deal with Russia……yeah that’s the ticket…..I heard those Russian girls are nice…..

          Talk about exploding heads…..Could you just picture Vlad and our President laughing over that one😎

          Pelosi would stoke out…….

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        • Normally Quiet Observer says:

          +singinsoul … but they sure as hell like our money! Just like every other freeloading socialist and/or Islamic country in the world! They all HATE America, but purely love getting our money! F**k ’em all! Bring our money, our industry, and our troops home. When they are all done killing each other, the winners will BEG for America’s help again … just like they have done for well over 200 years!

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        • lakelurelife says:

          There are many German civilians who work at the bases. You are correct- They’re very polite and nice, (kinda have to be since it’s their job), but they do not like our military presence at all.

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        • Carrie2 says:

          singinsoul, in spite of the Marshall Plan to feed them, that they liked. The German men have become wimps like Trudeau, not allowed to have guns, and in general just live and die.

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          • 1stgoblyn says:

            And drink beer, Carrie2. Their breakfast, morning break, lunch, afternoon break, late afternoon break, supper, after supper and before bedtime, cannot be had w/o their strong, dark beer.

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      • donna kovacevic says:

        Why couldn’t PDJT move some to Poland, some to Greece as they meet their debt to Nato? It would be a win win for the USA and those countries as well.Heck Hungary is another great country as is Italy now. Many options available not just Germany.

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  18. John Bosley says:

    If President Trump decides to pull out of Germany , I hope he makes it very clear to them that he is taking our nukes stationed on the bases there, out with us.
    There are approximately 560 big city busting nukes, B61 thermos on our bases.
    I would hate to see Germany keep them and decide at a later date to return them in kind to us with extreme prejudice a la Hiroshima.
    I wouldn’t put it pass them, especially if they have to create a new united European Army in short order due to the collapse of NATO.
    If heaven forbid, we have a Civil War 2.0 we would be weak and vulnerable, a perfect time for our enemies to attack with lightening speed.
    It was a mistake to allow them to train their military pilots here with their own internal base on our soil.
    They know our systems intemently and know our weaknesses, very foolish of us to allow a former enemy that was only at our throats a short 70 plus years ago , access to our tech and military training.
    When the Reich fell the Nazis leaders went underground and took positions of power in major German companies that the USA allowed to be rebuilt under the Marshall Plan these former leaders thought they only lost a battle , not the War and vowed to plant the seeds to continue on into the future to destroy us.
    We figured they made the trains run on time so keep the infrastructure and command intact, yes a simple anology.
    Ever wonder how Patton lost his life in so simple a truck accident or was it ?
    They bid their time and created the seeds of the European Union which eventually came to be ruled now by the Germans who figured out how to get it without firing a shot, just use Deutsche Marks.
    They started 2 World Wars and by God they will start another one, this time with us in their sights as Numero Uno.
    As Maggie Thatcher once said , don’t trust them .

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    • 🍺Gunny66 says:

      Huh?

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      • John Bosley says:

        Gunny, I am extrapolating what I think may happen in the future if Germany doesn’t come to their senses and make a deal with PDJT.
        I can forsee a point where they will renege on NATO funding and force our hand to desolve it.
        With that they will need their own Army as a bulwark against Russia .
        Knowing what the Germans are like , I can see them getting their act together on immigration and the little folk electing a far right government with balls to tackle the Muslim problem.
        It ain’t going to be pretty and when they are done with them I suspect they will come after us.
        Currently they have no nukes of their own but ours to protect them under the NATO umbrella, they will need some and fast if we leave.
        I have heard rumors over the years of large stockpiles of weapons going missing from NATO bases in Europe and the Head Quarter Master dying under mysterious circumstances when he started to dig into it.
        I am worried that perhaps in the future Germany may decide to keep some of those stockpiles and nukes for herself.
        A powerfully armed and new United States of Europe under German control is a frightening thought considering what they did in the past, a tiger doesn’t change its stripes.
        If you couple that with a possible Civil War here in the future after PDJT is gone, it is downright dangerous situation to be in.
        If this does become a trade war, things will change.
        What I am advocating is we take ALL our toys home with us as history has proven, a militaristic Germany cannot be trusted.

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    • GB Bari says:

      Unfortunately, France and the UK were always a counterbalance to Germany because of the history between the three nations. Now that the globalist cabal is running the EU (and Canada and until recently, much of the US), PDJT has to have developed a different strategy to deal with our leaving Germany as a strategic forward base (against the former Soviet Union, now Russia).

      It isn’t just German cars that will be affected. Like PDJT said, “…complicated business.”

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    • kroesus61 says:

      you may or may not realize that while most of our allies field some of the same equipment in name as we do it does not have the same capabilities……..even Israel which gets some of our best stuff does not get the same equipment and does their own upgrades to improve its capabilities

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  19. Jim Rogers says:

    Now Angela and Germany wouldn’t want to poll 350,000 US soldiers on whether they would rather remain in Europe or return home to the USA, would they???

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  20. The Boss says:

    The Canadian you tube video at the end of the post is refreshing. It is a must watch!

    Liked by 6 people

    • Cooper45 says:

      Boss;
      The host Ezra Levant has a long political history of fighting orthodoxy, group think, radical Islam, progressive social engineering liberals, anti free speech advocates and on and on. When he was the publisher of the political magazine Western Standard, he was one of the very few that printed the Danish Mohammed cartoons. (2006) He then fought a serious Human Rights Commission’s complaint intended to silence him and won which was almost impossible at the time. He is a trained lawyer and his efforts helped save Canada from even worse stifling of free-speech.

      Unfortunately, Ezra dispatched a young impressionable female reporter to the Charlottesville march and she made some ill advised improper comments that sounded too sympathetic to some of the marchers. Ezra was ticked off at her poor judgement but it gave the crazy left an opportunity to make ranting accusations that Jewish Ezra is a Nazi. Similar to the way the MSM went after Trump at the same time.

      It temporarily damaged his Rebel media but obviously did not destroy him like the progressives have wanted to do for sometime.

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  21. Don Weber says:

    Don’t know how Sundance does it … great video by two very smart Canadians, super informative

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  22. simicharmed says:

    Wow! Great informative video interview with actual logic discussed.

    That imbecile (Twinkle-Socks), it truly running the Canadian economy into the ground. I hope the Canadian citizenry soon realize that fool, along with his ideology, is destroying their Nation…

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    • Jayne gilmore says:

      When he said that the Canadian economy was in trouble long before the NAFTA because of Trudeau’s bad policies and now they are going to blame Trump for it because they picked an unreasonable fight. That just infuriates “we the people” because they are deflecting responsibility for having stupid policies.

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  23. 335blues says:

    I had been planning a hunting trip to Canada that would have had me spending
    a substantial amount of greenbacks for a trip that I have dreamed about for a long time.
    The trip is now going to be essentially the same itinerary, but in Montana.
    I’m spending my dream vacation money in America where it can help the
    American economy.
    Canadians seem to have a pretty bad opinion of Donald Trump, and people like me.
    And for that they will not get my money.

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    • quintrillion says:

      Smart thinking, 335blues, hope you have a great trip.

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    • Minnie says:

      God bless you!!

      America First 🇺🇸

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    • davidb says:

      South of Troy MT near Bull Lake is pretty productive for Elk and Bear…but bear is greasy and probably taste like $hit.

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    • WSB says:

      Montana is beautiful. You will ha e a GREAT TIme!!!!!!!

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    • donna kovacevic says:

      Not all Canadians. Many of us support and adore PDJT and the American people, not all the people especially Californians they seem to think we are uneducated trash and live in igloos.

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      • yucki says:

        For sure, donna kovacevic!

        On the northern tier of the U.S. many of us have family on both sides of the border. I would’ve gone to McGill if my father wasn’t so suspicious of Papa-Doc Trudeau.

        Besides, some of my very best friends…

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    • JoAnn Leichliter says:

      I have a dear friend in Montana who can conduct a great big game hunt for you. He has been doing it for many years. He also does photo tours. We hunted together as kids.

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    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, 335blues! Montana is a great alternative!

      BTW, I feel the same way about spending vacation/retirement money in Mexico when our country has so many fantastic places to enjoy.

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    • Donna in Oregon says:

      I love Montana! The food is excellent. Fly fishing there is awesome! Beer is good too. I tried the local beers and they were awesome.

      Hunting, I’m not the one to talk about that. We didn’t go for hunting purposes. Maybe someone else here has, but the restaurants had fresh elk, bison, rocky mountain oysters. I love wild food. I was in heaven.

      Went thru the entire state. Had a great time at Blackfeet nation in Browning too.

      http://blackfeetnation.com/blackfeet-nations-events/

      In Montana, there are American flags everywhere during the 4th of July. I had so much fun there, would go back any time. Love it!

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    • Turranos says:

      Great move, Montana will not disappoint!

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  24. Scarlet says:

    I’m astonished at how we, the USA and its taxpayers , have been taken advantage of for so long. It’s despicable and disgusting. So much of this was secretive and hidden. Trump is exposing the usery and the corruption and the general unfairness that weve been subjected to. It’s really infuriating. Every single day I learn something new about potus and his determination to put USA first and I’m grateful for that.

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    • Watcher says:

      Without legislative complicity no advantage taking could have taken place.

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      • Dutchman says:

        And the Uniparty dividing and conquering (us), by using wedge issues to distract and divide us,…

        And, a complicit media who tell one, distorted side of the story.

        FREE TRADE IS GOOD!
        GLOBAL WARMING REAL, AND A THREAT TO US ALL.

        Etc.

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  25. trapper says:

    Putting it together. Trump and King Salman. Trump and MbS. Trump and Bibi. Trump and Modi. Trump and Abe. More to come.

    The train is adding cars, fueling the locomotive, and the whistle is sounding. The Trump train is leaving the station. All aboard!

    These silly people who think they are leaders are instead dooming their countries to be left behind in the train yard. We don’t need them. Europe may well yet be relegated, as one wag put it during Ronaldus Maximus’ administration, to being just a collection of historic tourist parks.

    The USA is now the number one oil producing country on the planet. Very soon it is going to really suck to live in Iran.

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    • Robert Smith says:

      It already really sucks to live in Iran. It may start to be impossible to be alive in Iran if the economy completely collapses.

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  26. James Street says:

    It really shows the power of Capitalism and the American worker that all these decades we’ve been supporting socialism and communism around the world to the extent that now they will have serious problems if that support is removed.

    And I won’t mention all my liberal friends who go on and on about the virtues of socialist countries taking better care of their people.

    I’ve always loved the word “apoplectic”.

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    • Watcher says:

      Do any of your liberal friends know anybody that has moved or plan to move to Mexico for the virtues of socialism?

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      • Carrie2 says:

        James Street, I have Mexican associates and friends, most will not even go to Mexico due to the danger in spite of still have some relatives there. They don’t want to be robbed or murdered so they stay here and enjoy as legal Americans vacations here and freedom. However, until we truly use the ZERO Tolerance and shove all illegals back over the borders and send their boats back out from the ports to the ocean, we are and will continue to be unsafe here. No need for courts, judges, or JAG because their are invaders and have no rights. Thousands of children came on their own by trains and walking across Mexico, the children not claimed by parents (who undoubtedly don’t want to be found) can be sent back by trains to Mexico and let Mexico sort it out. We can use the living locations of invaders (children and adults) for other purposes and save billions as the companies in charge (I believe I read somewhere around 30 in the USA) are paid a billion a year, so think of the billions saved and the WALL built first on the weakest border sectors and then on up to where we have better Border Guards. We can use our military to help get this all done. We have already had many people will to go and help build the Wall portions and no payment.

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  27. Justice Warrior says:

    Go get em Mr. President!

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  28. Alison says:

    Germany paying their fare share of NATO dues, including all they owe in arrears, should be non-negotiable. We shouldn’t give up ANYthing to get them to right that violation.

    Once they pay what they owe, then we can ‘give in’ a little if they agree to nix the Iran deal.

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    • Dennis Leonard says:

      I am glad you only have one vote” then we can ‘give in’ a little if “

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    • kroesus61 says:

      AGAIN….there is NO such thing as NATO “dues”…..too bad the ill informed are allowed to post…..FYI each NATO charter member is required to spend 2% of THEIR GDP on their OWN military which contributes to the collective defense of Western Europe

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      • Doreen Scott says:

        If NATO dues are for their defense we need to bring our military home from Germany and England and defend our own country.

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      • svenwg says:

        It really is too bad that the ill-informed post so quickly, including yourself. While it is true that the 2% of GDP is meant to be spent on their own defence capabilities it is also true that if they fail to do so it means that the USA 🇺🇸 has to spend more to maintain combat readiness in the case of an invasion of Europe.

        The USA 🇺🇸 is already up to 3,6% of GDP maintaining the military strength of the NATO Alliance which should have been just 2% as was first envisioned at the creation of NATO. The fact that the US economy is larger than all 20 EU Nations means that if NATO was working correctly the USA 🇺🇸 would be paying around 50% of NATO. As it now stands the USA 🇺🇸 is paying around 75% of NATO and it is this difference that needs to be repaid by Germany and other NATO countries that have not being paying their fair share to the readiness of the NATO troops.

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  29. USA loves Melania says:

    “This makes Fraulein Merkel unhappy.”

    Tough luck, bowlcut. From now on it’s America First.

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  30. Minnie says:

    I truly love an alpha man and Mr. President, our Very Stable Strategic Genius, sets the bar awfully high!!

    Thank you God for Your Divine Intervention, and thank you all Super-Elite Irredeemable Deplorables for getting out the Monster Vote.

    Many more are jumping sides and our voices will not be silenced!

    God Bless America 🇺🇸
    God Bless President Trump 🙏

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  31. I have a feeling canadian soy boy is being advised by obama! to stand up to Trump! As usual obama is undermining our president!

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  32. President Trump yet again astounds with LEVERAGE-PRODUCING BRILLIANCE

    Germany will NEVER fully meet Trump’s THREE DEAL REQUIREMENTS … Initially
    • Full NATO Funding
    • Complete IRAN Sanction Compliance & Support
    • TRADE RECIPROCITY with ZERO Tariffs, Barriers and Subsidies

    Germany will LOSE FAR MORE than they’ve been GAINING
    … before CUTTING a RECIPROCAL DEAL
    • WITHDRAWN American Troops (Redeployed to POLAND & the MEXICAN BORDER 😎)
    • MOBILIZATION COSTS of Replacement German Forces, Equipment & Support
    • INVESTMENTS in Auto & Industrial Plants in America
    • TRANSITION TARIFFS & LOST SHARE before Plant Startups
    • DISPLACED Auto Exports with Plant Closures and Layoffs
    • COSTS of Trade-Balancing Purchases from America DISPLACING Lower-Cost Sources

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  33. MSO says:

    “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need” is not a cliche to Canada and the EU; they actually believe that the world works best in this fashion. Worse, our previous administrations have told them that they were correct and that the US would chip in for the greater good.

    The well-off EU family with too few children expected to live off the fruits of their imported populations, but those populations have not proven to be productive enough so these EUsers have been living off the generosity of the American workers.

    As the old song says: “The Times, they are a changin’…”

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    • EV22 says:

      For many years, my European friends touted their superior education system, social welfare system, job security, vacations, medical care, etc. I remember one night at a restaurant surrounded by German friends where I was verbally pummelled over American crassness, lack of real culture, racism and worse. I just started laughing hysterically (my nerves were really on edge) and told them their entire society was based on a lie and that we crass Americans were paying their way. They thought I was nuts.

      Go Trump. Don’t stop. Many, many West German intellectuals, politicians and leaders obtained higher education in Moscow (can you believe that? It’s true.) and are no friend of America. They are brainwashed.

      Reality needs to bite them hard.

      MAGA!!! MAGA!!! MAGA!!! MAGA!!!

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      • yucki says:

        I didn’t realize West Germans and Russians were so chummy. Forgive and forget, I guess.
        My Russian émigré friends were steeped in their version of the Great Patriotic War. They still resent the Stab in the Back – even though they’ve come to reckon with other versions of the story. Too many lost family, ritualized grief was patriotic in the USSR.

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      • Robert Smith says:

        I hope they are enjoying the cultural enrichment of muslims rampaging through their country.

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  34. “Don’t aggravate the lion…when you are just a little lamb.”—Ezra Levant of The Rebel

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  35. scott467 says:

    “Word of the assessment has alarmed European officials, who are scrambling to determine whether Trump actually intends to reposition U.S. forces or whether it is merely a negotiating tactic ahead of a NATO summit in Brussels,”

    ____________________

    Good luck figuring that out, lol!

    At some point they have to realize that it doesn’t matter whether it’s a negotiating tactic or not, because if they do comply, DJT wins, and in retrospect it will appear that it was a negotiating tactic, with no way to prove otherwise.

    And if they do not comply, DJT wins by following through with the threat, which in retrospect will appear that he actually intended to reposition U.S. forces all along.

    Either way, they’re right, because DJT is going to do whichever one achieves his objectives.
    Whether he’s bluffing or actually intends to follow through with a threatened course of action depends on what the target of that action/inaction does.

    Stop trying to figure out if Trump is bluffing, it’s pointless. If you go along with his wishes, he backs off, then they’ll say he was bluffing. If you resist, then he takes action and he wasn’t bluffing.

    DJT has already won before the game began. So what they should be doing is a simple analysis to determine which course of action hurts their own interests least — and then do that.

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  36. Guyski says:

    After the cold war (first half 1990s) When the US military restructured and closed bases in Germany, they lost over 32,000 German civilian positions.

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  37. Donna in Oregon says:

    We have troops in Germany because they can’t be trusted……because, two world wars.

    Having our troops in Poland may be a better solution for us financially and also socially. The Germans aren’t very nice people and I think this little game of not paying their NATO bill is a process the Germans think will get them an army again. I read somewhere that they work on weapons now.

    Unsupervised Germans go crazy and try to take over the world. Twice last century. Make ovens, gas chambers. They can’t be trusted.

    Merkel is an old East German. She’s got a big, fat German ego with a commie twist. It’s not a good combination. We do not want them engineering weapons again. We barely got the A bomb before Hitler. We should not kid ourselves by thinking all has been forgiven, Germans are very hostile toward Americans.

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  38. “Germany to contribute the minimum 2% of GDP for their own NATO defense.”

    Defense against whom or what? Russia? Please, that sounds like more Russian collusion nonsense. NATO isn’t a defense alliance, not anymore. It’s an occupation force by the Atlanticist elites to prevent a German pivot east towards a Eurasian trading bloc. Pulling US troops out of Europe, if it comes to that, will send the globalists nutso. A rapprochement between the US and Russia is even more horrifying. JFK was a mosquito bite compared to all of this.

    Trump’s a businessman not a warmonger. He’s got something cooking.

    There is still no WW2 peace treaty between Germany and the Allied Forces and Germany has limited sovereignty particularly in the realm of foreign policy. No one trumpets this. But it’s true.

    Read Halford MacKinder’s (the father of geopolitics) Heartland Theory and Brzezinki’s Grand Chessboard.

    I predict hugely promising developments will emerge from the US-Russia summit. Together, Trump and Putin could move mountains like never before. That’s why they’ve been kept from meeting despite Trump’s strong desire to do so from the beginning. Russian Collusion was in part a roadblock to prevent this. Hillary was all about keeping the alienation factor high. Remember the ‘Putin is Hitler’ equivalency. It was a mantra.

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  39. G. Combs says:

    What many do not realize is we ALREADY pailed our the EU back during the ‘Banking Bailout’ That is why the FED refused to tell Ron Paul WHERE all those TAX PAYER $$$ were going!

    September 2011 Federal Reserve to Bail Out European Banks (Again!)

    How Ben Bernanke Saved Europe’s Banks – The Globalist

    The story of an unprecedented effort by the U.S. central bank to serve as the lender of last resort to the world.

    […] in researching my new book on the efforts of the world’s leading central bankers to combat the crisis and the aftermath, a different narrative emerged.

    You can’t understand the crisis, I found, unless you understand how a huge portion of the Federal Reserve’s work during this period—and off and on since then—was about propping up banks in Europe and across the globe.

    To a degree that few people understood at the time, banks in continental Europe had bought vast sums of the very shaky mortgage securities that were rapidly losing value as U.S. homeowners defaulted in numbers that had once seemed unimaginable.

    Their exposure to U.S. assets was a whopping $10 trillion. Those were the dollar assets on their books.[…]”

    And NOW the US Tax payer is on the hook for… ‘a whopping $10 trillion’ generated during the Obummer years. Remember we bailedout AIG the company insuring those home loans. What many people did not know was there could be MULTIPLE policies on one house AND you did not have to be the morgage lender!!

    This is why Obama FORCED so many into bankruptcy. I should know since we were victims of Obummer’s ‘Loan Modification’ It took a lawyer and a year to get the *&%#$ bank to tell us HOW MUCH $$$ we had to pay to get out of their foreclosure trap. Obummer’s Loan Modification rep had reduced our payments. We paid the reduced rate for a year and THEN the bank decided we were not ‘qualified’ so we owed back partial payments PLUS penalties PLUS lawyers fees…. OR THEY WOULD FORECLOSE IN 30 days! How many people can come up with ~$20,000 in a month if they were already having trouble paying their mortgage? It is no wonder so very few people ‘took advantage’ of the program. I am sure there were many many people who ‘tried’ and got shoved into foreclosure instead just as we did.

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    • G. Combs says:

      That is not the first time the European Banks ripped off Americans to support their EXPERIMENT in Socialism either. (It explains WHY EU Socialism has not collapsed before this.)

      Pascal Lamy is quite blunt in stating national sovereignty is passe and the EU is the model for things to come.

      …more than half a century ago that the Frenchman Jean Monnet, one of the shapers of post-war Europe, said, “The sovereign nations of the past can no longer provide a framework for the resolution of our present problems. And the European Community itself is no more than a step towards the organizational forms of tomorrow’s world.” His assessment was as valid then as it is now….
      (wwwDOT)theglobalist.com/storyid.aspx?StoryId=8216

      Lamy is no light weight. He has been in the thick of things for years. From 1985 to 1994, he was Chief of Staff for the President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors, In November 1994, he joined the team in charge of rescuing Crédit Lyonnais, and later became CEO of the bank until its privatisation in 1999. Between 1999 and 2004, he was Commissioner for Trade at the European Commission and then was two time Director-General of the World Trade Organization.
      …..

      To further this world government goal of the European Bankers, they came to the USA and set up a central bank owned by European banker puppets. link So in 1913 we got the Federal Reserve that made the US Tax Payer LIBEL for the debts of these bankers.

      On April 5, 1933, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 6102 confiscating private citizen gold. “[…]The full story of the gold confiscation is actually much worse than this, and we tell it in Who Killed the Constitution? What this episode teaches us is not so much that we need to “return to the Constitution,” though that would be an improvement over what we have now, but rather that pieces of paper that governments themselves interpret cannot be expected to prevent governments from doing what they think they can get away with.[…]”The Great Gold Robbery

      In 1934 Congressman McFadden made this speech on the Federal Reserve Corporation before congress.

      “[…]”The statement that it is necessary for the people to give their gold- the only real money- to the banks in order to protect the currency, is a statement of calculated dishonesty!

      “By his unlawful usurpation of power on the night of March 5, 1933, and by his proclamation, which in my opinion was in violation of the Constitution of the United States, Roosevelt divorced the currency of the United States from gold, and the United States currency is no longer protected by gold. It is therefore sheer dishonesty to say that the people’s gold is needed to protect the currency.

      “Roosevelt ordered the people to give their gold to private interests- that is, to banks, and he took control of the banks so that all the gold and gold values in them, or given into them, might be handed over to the predatory International Bankers who own and control the Fed.

      “Roosevelt cast his lot with the usurers. “He agreed to save the corrupt and dishonest at the expense of the people of the United States.

      “He took advantage of the people’s confusion and weariness and spread the dragnet over the United States to capture everything of value that was left in it. He made a great haul for the International Bankers.

      “The Prime Minister of England came here for money! He came here to collect cash!

      “He came here with Fed Currency and other claims against the Fed which England had bought up in all parts of the world. And he has presented them for redemption in gold.

      “Mr. Chairman, I am in favor of compelling the Fed to pay their own debts. I see no reason why the general public should be forced to pay the gambling debts of the International Bankers. […]”

      By the 1970s, the Banks of England and other European Banks had finished stealing all of America’s good deliverable gold. This is why Nixon had to close ‘The Gold Window’ and take the US off the gold standard. The Great American Disaster: How Much Gold Remains In Fort Knox?

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  40. frank field says:

    Our lion is making this look easy! He casting a long shadow that makes 44, 43, 42, 41…. look weak on America first.

    That video is a must watch.

    Behold! A greater than Reagan is here

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  41. oldanddecrepit says:

    “Frau” Merkel, not “Fraulein”.

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  42. Charles-Martel says:

    I love my new Alabama built Mercedes…

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  43. Countrywatch says:

    Excellent interview with Manny Montenegrino. Thank you, Sundance for highlighting it.

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  44. TMonroe says:

    “President Trump wants three EU issues resolved: 1) Germany to contribute the minimum 2% of GDP for their own NATO defense. 2) Germany/EU to support enhanced sanctions against Iran; and 3) President Trump wants all German/EU protectionist trade barriers and tariffs lowered or eliminated – and new trade deals negotiated.”

    And here’s the thing — it’s extremely reasonable to seek this, both for truly fair trade and for support as a NATO ally on common defense goals. It’s completely unreasonable for Germany and the rest of the EU to dodge meeting their agreed-upon NATO financial commitment (let alone pay back all of the year’s they’ve shipped out on paying it), to seek to avoid supporting the legitimate defense efforts of their strategic defense partner, and to act like their one-sided protectionist trade agreements constitute either free or fair trade.

    Yet who do they, the dems, most GOP (either by word or by action/inaction), and the media cast as unreasonable or even reckless and dangerous on these matters? The ones responsible for this current equities? Of course not.

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  45. TMonroe says:

    “BMW builds SUV’s in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The reason they build them there is due to a 25% pre-Trump existing tariff on imported SUV’s.”

    Wait, so current examples exist of tariffs working to incentivize actions that redound to the benefit of the domestic American workforce? But we keep hearing tales of doom and gloom associated with these scary tariffs…

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    • If I am understanding your comment, and others, the US can impose tariffs as we see fit. If a nation wants to “bypass”, the tariff, then they must build and sell the product here.

      Seems as if that is one of them there win-win situations. US workers get jobs; monies that the “home country” owes us comes in as salaries; more people with more money means more spending for such “frivolous” things like clothes, a better home, and perhaps a better education for their children. More US workers get jobs to support all of this increased “frivolous” spending.

      Have I got the gist of this mostly correct?

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      • Fools Gold says:

        Your catching on but Trumps goal is zero tariffs so all countries compete on a level playing field. He like I believe head to head with any other country we win because we’re the best or we were the best once, hence MAGA.

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        • Turranos says:

          This is a very key point. This week I spoke with some people who like Trump but they were spooked by tariffs. I told them that the end goal is zero tariffs but that does not happen until these countries get a taste of their own medicine that they have been dishing out to America for a very long time. I explained that this is a stage that we must pass through. Trump is a reformer and this is a reformation stage that will force the other countries to stop cheating and play fair. If they choose not to come to the table they lose. In all cases America wins. As PDJT has said the longer they stay away from the bargaining table the better the deal that we get.

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    • All American Snowflake says:

      What is the demographic of the BMW employees in Spartanburg? My guess is Obama made sure that Eric Holder’s people got the plum jobs. And no, I am not a racist, homophobic, supremacist. … I’m just a good ole Hillary Clinton deplorable.

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  46. Fools Gold says:

    That was pretty much spot on. The conservative Canadians must feel like we did back when obuger was in charge and we had failed leader after failed leader. Their socialist leader is trying to blame Trump for his failing stagnant 1% and falling since he took office). Economy. He can strike a deal now and look like the loser that he is or his replacement can strike a deal later and be a winner. My bet he stays a loser gambling on Americans hating Trump for his f–k up.

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  47. All American Snowflake says:

    This ↑ is why I currently get all my news and clues at the Conservative Treehouse.

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  48. brenrod says:

    I didnt hear anything about Canada acting as a front for chinese goods entry into USA market… an abuse of NAFTA

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