Reuters: Multinational Car Manufacturers Assemble To Coordinate Strategy Against U.S. President Trump…

Interestingly Reuters uses the narrative from an anonymous Canadian “official” to frame an article about how global car manufacturers are coming together next week in Geneva to coordinate their strategy against the United States and President Trump.

Just let that part sink in for a moment…

Behind that context we can clearly see: 1) the economic importance of the Auto industry to the countries that are assembling; 2) their multinational corporate interest in retaining unlimited access to the U.S. market; and 3) the absolute need of all assembling corporations to find a way to keep their investments in NAFTA’s fatal flaw viable.

Who is gathering?  Canada, Mexico, the EU (ie. Germany), Japan and South Korea.

Where are they going?  To visit Geneva, Switzerland.  Why Geneva? Because that way China can attend (see Volvo/Sweden) without being on the official roster.  ::nudge, nudge:: ::wink, wink::  ::say-no-more Panda boy, say-no-more::  Additionally, Cecelia Malmström (EU Trade Minister), is the person Canada is relying upon to cover their anti-Trump position:

MEXICO CITY/OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada, the European Union, Japan, Mexico and South Korea will meet in Geneva next week to discuss how to respond to threats by U.S. President Donald Trump to impose tariffs on U.S. imports of autos and car parts, officials familiar with the talks said.

The Trump administration has come under heavy criticism from automakers, foreign governments and others as it considers tariffs of up to 25 percent, a levy critics warn will hike vehicle costs, hurting auto sales and global industry jobs.

Several auto manufacturing powers have been talking to each other in recent days about their fears and a possible coordinated response to Trump’s “Section 232” investigation, which he ordered on May 23, into whether auto imports are a threat to U.S. security, sources say.

The probe could be completed within weeks, although similar ones ordered last year that led to tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum took about 10 months. The Commerce Department has 270 days to offer recommendations to the president after such a probe starts. He then has 90 days to act upon them.

It was not immediately clear what kind of response the countries could be looking at, although Canada, the EU and Mexico retaliated with their own tariffs after Trump imposed levies on steel and aluminum imports in March. Another option is to fight the United States at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Deputy ministers will gather in Geneva on July 31 to hear each other’s views, a Canadian official and a Mexican official told Reuters, asking to not be named because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

“The meeting is meant to bring together major auto producing nations so we can discuss our concerns over the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Section 232 investigation of automobiles and parts,” said the Canadian government official. (read more)

Remember this?

Here’s where I will repeat the funniest aspect that seems continually missed by all of the international smart-set:

President Trump doesn’t care !

President Trump doesn’t care what the opinion of the Auto industry is.

President Trump is not beholden to the interests of the corporate auto industry.

President Trump doesn’t give a flip about what international leaders gather to discuss.

President Trump will do what is in the best interests of the United States and the workers within it. Period; end-of-story.  Done.

It is in the corporate and financial interests of the multinationals to retain their open-ended tariff-free access to the U.S. market by exploiting the back-door of NAFTA.  The multinational corporations have invested hundreds of billions on the supply chain and manufacturing system all using this NAFTA loophole. They have also paid hundreds-of-millions for the political policy of multiple world leaders, all to support and retain their interests therein.

Guess what?

President Trump doesn’t care.

If it is not in the best interests of the U.S., it simply will not be allowed.

The multinational corporate leaders can assemble and strategize until they are blue-in-the-face.  It matters not.

Seriously.  They might just as easily attend a Swiss pancake tossing contest.  POTUS Trump doesn’t care.  Eventually they are going to have to ask, beg, plead and grovel to retain their position.   When they accept the one constant in an ever changing universe, and finally realize the question is not “if” they will lose, but rather “how much”, then, and only then, will POTUS Trump enter the room with his golden tickets.

To get golden ticket access to the U.S. market, those multinationals are going to have to agree to President Trump’s terms.  Trump doesn’t care about their feelings; Trump doesn’t give a flip about their statements; Trump has one prism to consider any deal, negotiation or result: is it better for the United States of America?

If not, go spit.

That’s it.

Now, go make him a sandwich…

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The July 20th conversation with President Trump touched on the state of the U.S. economy; America’s trade reset; the timing of the trade reset juxtaposed against the current value of the U.S. stock market; the president’s news-making remarks about the Federal Reserve’s ongoing interest-rate hikes; and pragmatic insight behind the meeting with Vladimir Putin. Watch it, you’ll see:

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Wilbur Ross outlines the policy:

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411 Responses to Reuters: Multinational Car Manufacturers Assemble To Coordinate Strategy Against U.S. President Trump…

  1. konradwp1 says:

    ”Multinational Car Manufacturers Assemble To Coordinate Strategy Against U.S. President Trump”
    Well, good luck with that bitches! On a scale of 1 to F’d, looks like bitches cranked the dial all the way to 11.

    Liked by 13 people

    • helix35 says:

      When are these idiots going to realize that Trump can’t be threatened or cajoled into doing anything that isn’t the best interests of the US? How many times do they need to get kicked in the teeth before they come to their senses? It’s almost embarrassing.

      Liked by 9 people

      • Lemmy says:

        “That’s very interesting insight Justin. Now go get your shinebox.”

        Liked by 6 people

      • Pete says:

        In a lot of ways they are like democrats, they believe that by buying off politicians the politicians will come around to their way of thinking….DJT can’t be bought……mAGA

        Liked by 5 people

        • Rhoda R says:

          It won’t take them long to realize that the politicians they need to buy off are in the House and Senate. I expect they can get many Congress Critters to try to push sticks into the wheels of progress.

          Liked by 1 person

      • Peter says:

        They will try to buy Republican senators to undermine Trump. They already have McConnell and Ryan.

        Liked by 3 people

        • mtkennedy21 says:

          And National Review and the Weekly Standard and the front page of the Wall Street Journal.

          Liked by 3 people

          • Orville R. Bacher says:

            But Trump has Working America on his side. Trump knows the wheat from the chaff. And that is all that matters.
            And it is not like Trump hasn’t been threatened before. The 30 year sell-out of America by corrupt, weak American politicians is over.

            Liked by 6 people

          • yy4u says:

            We need to do our part. CANCEL subscriptions to Nat. Rev and Wkly Standard and WSJ (which I did in 2015 after 25 years). Post their advertisers here or somewhere on line and boycott those advertisers when possible. If it won’t hurt your bottom line, sell their stocks. Democrats use such means to shut down conservatives — turn the tables on THEM.

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            • cozette says:

              Our major job is to ensure a big win for POTUS on November 6th. Even a Swamp RINO counts as a win and keeps patriots like Nunes in charge of committees. 100 days until Trump knows and the Swamp knows whether we have his back and appreciate what he’s doing for us. Please pray and campaign. Our lives depend on victory.

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      • That just goes to show you that other presidents not only may have gotten money incentives, but that they did things just so they could be “popular” and have “in” friends.

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    • getfitnow says:

      If they poke our Lion, they just may get this response:

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    • Joshua2415 says:

      My guess is that they will spend the entire meeting eating, drinking and bitching about Trump on their shareholder’s dime, and then agree to pool their resources and fund a PAC dedicated to electing more Social Democrats in November.
      And can we all agree to stop calling them the democratic party from now on? They have finally,publicly embraced their inner Socialist. Let’s hang it on them every chance we get.

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      • spinoneone says:

        For veracity and verisimilitude, how about using: “National Socialist Democrat American Party.” I seem to remember a party that went by NSDAP back in the mid-20th century. How did that work out? Yep, call it what it is.

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        • thedoc00 says:

          Leave the word Democrat out of the name, because any form of the democratic does not belong in the same sentence as socialist,

          Liked by 4 people

          • AH_C says:

            National American Socialist Party, NASP. Members can be referred to as Naspi.

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          • SteveT says:

            “thedoc00 says:
            July 29, 2018 at 9:32 am

            Leave the word Democrat out of the name, because any form of the democratic does not belong in the same sentence as socialist,”
            ————————————————————————————–
            I have to disagree here. As a European it would completely ruin all “the rules” on remembering what parties stand for. In Britain for instance, the Liberal Democrats are neither liberal or democratic (they fought the general election after the Brexit referendum on the basis of holding another referendum, having lost the first one). Similarly Merkel’s CDU is not a union, not democratic and only vaguely christian.

            SteveT

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        • Leave the words National and American out of the name. They are neither national nor American.

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      • snellvillebob says:

        Most likely a huge bribe to Ryan and McConnell to take trade negotiations away from the office of the President, as was entered into Congress two weeks ago. The impeachment of Rosenstein will disappear when Congress goes on vacation, but I doubt that one will.

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      • With a little Pedophilia thrown in. And maybe a private Black Mass and some 9′ circles, black candles and eye of newt.

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    • Mellie says:

      Thank you for your comment – it will put a smile on my face all day.

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  2. sysconfig says:

    This ties in in with the massive negative news on Musk and the Tesla for months now to disparage a great American Product employing thousands of people..not robots like Amazon

    Liked by 3 people

    • IceHome says:

      Sysconfig: I kept wondering about the negative slant in the articles about Tesla. Now it makes sense that it is originating from those invested in the existing auto structure. I wonder how they get their influence pushed to places like Breitbart and others.

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      • Walt says:

        Tesla’s building a product that meets no recognized need that can only be cool if done on a small scale, with immense amounts of money, much of it taxpayers’ and virtually all of it other people’s. The concept has immense problems, nearly all of them being swept under the rug even to this day.

        The idea and the cars have been presold far beyond what can actually be delivered. But let’s guess about whether Musk will wind up poor or not, shall we?

        I don’t think we have to look at ‘the auto industry’ as the reason for all that.

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    • It’s not great. Here in California the only reason it’s “great” is taxpayer subsidies of charging stations and tax rebates. More socialism. There’s nothing great about Tesla; smoke and mirrors. Watch the stock lately? Hurry up! Going going gonzo.

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  3. The Boss says:

    This meeting sounds like it was set up by a loser. The eyebrow loser.
    If President Trump is playing honey badger about the meeting, I will too.
    Truly nothing to see folks! Losers in Geneva. Winners in the USA!

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    • Rhoda R says:

      I expect that Eyebrow Loser is being tutored and egged on by our own Odumber. Odumber may even have been agitating these auto manufactures on his world tour.

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  4. bkrg2 says:

    WordPress needs to add a WINFINITU button!

    Very well written Sundance.

    My two favorite lines:
    Trump doesn’t care and
    Swiss pancake tossing contest

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  5. Pyrthroes says:

    By all means, let Merkel’s Germany and ChiComs in panda-mode fuss-and-grunt, yodel their way to “sustainable ripoffs” of American industry like some Santeria bokor (“voodoo economics”).

    The great historic point of Trump’s Administration rather resembles Jackson’s Samson-like pulling down the dirigiste, manipulative “Bank of the United States”. True, the ensuing fiat-currency devaluation tipped the country into a relative chill-phase lasting 16 years to 1849, when new-minted Californians (“O Pioneers!”) first trod Sutter’s Mill in wake of Pres. Polk’s purchase (not conquest) following the Mexican War… but prior to Wilson’s blatantly crony-fixer Federal Reserve, Henry Clay’s free-form, nation-building American System kicked in to everyone’s advantage.

    As Secretary Pompeo just put it, “let’s back up the truck” to unload Geneva: We consider Trump a near-miracle of historic proportions, making nonsense of post-WW II conventional wisdom. In case one hasn’t noticed, every objectively exceptional President since JQ Adams, from Jackson to Lincoln (“a grinning ape”), TR (“that damn cowboy”), Truman (“Capt. Harry of Battery D”) and Reagan (“an aging ham actor”), has been anathema to pontificating East Coast (Massachusetts, Virginia) nomenklatural elites.

    To Trump’s Apollo 11, this Geneva Brigade is a bunch of sodden squibs. “Sisters in trade”?– we call ’em bimbos on cakewalks.

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    • topavalley says:

      I missed that Secretary Pompeo interviw and I would love to watch it. Could you tell me when he made it?

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      • KittyKat says:

        If my memory serves me right, it wasn’t a speech, it was an answer to a question. On the same day that President Trump was entertaining Jjunker, Pompeo was being grilled by elected reps asking stupid questions, like, Can we see the notes of the interpreter in the Putin Trump meeting.

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        • snellvillebob says:

          Soros is really worried that President Trump is going to trade him to Putin for Snowden.

          Liked by 7 people

          • Edwin Santiago says:

            That would be excellent! I figured that maybe we have a high value prisoner that the Russians would love to have. There was this arms dealer who we got from Thailand, “the Merchant of Death” he was called. I’d love to exchange for that schmuck Snowden.

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          • KittyKat says:

            If so, Snowden must be worried too, because on his campaign trail he said that Snowden deserved the death penalty.

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      • AH_C says:

        I’m a smart phone, hence no link. 🤷‍♂️

        Go back to the day of the presser with Trump and Juncker. Sundance included Pompeo’s interview.

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      • Dixie says:

        A bunch of various excerpts are on Youtube. Warning: They will make you angry on Pompeo’s behalf. Senators making fools of themselves.

        Liked by 1 person

    • Lemmy says:

      Justin: “Uum we should change the name. We don’t use that term ‘sisters’. We prefer peoplekind in trade’. “

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  6. 4430lacey says:

    They have exploited the USA to the point that they would kill the goose(economy) that lays the golden eggs, such is the greed.
    Trump is resuscitating the goose(economy).

    Liked by 6 people

    • Paul Killinger says:

      That’s very incisive.

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    • blondegator says:

      I love it! Trump doesn’t care what these idiots think, but guess who does?

      The American people, that’s who. And who are the consumers these companies need? Why us, of course! Great strategy, idiots, attempt to infuriate your target market. What they don’t understand is that WE don’t like to be threatened. Ever. Threaten us, and I guarantee 95% of Trump supporters won’t even consider a foreign car for the next 10 years. I know I won’t. And how many Beemers & Benzes can the Russians buy, because last I looked, they don’t really have a middle class? What about all of those immigrants in the EU….oops, can’t buy a Benz on benefits. Good luck w/that.

      And the same thing goes for the “cheap” cars on the other end of the spectrum. We don’t need Hyundais, either. There are plenty of domestically made quality sub-compacts to fill the need if need be. Too bad, so sad.

      Time for the popcorn. These companies need to buy a clue. They are going to have to knuckle under, regardless. Our goose is going to get fatter. It’s a fact.

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    • quintrillion says:

      They don’t care if they’re the ones who kill the golden goose…. Everybody wants an egg from the golden goose…I wonder just how many eggs are in the golden goose?

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  7. Nunya Bidness says:

    Reminds me of the Little Rascals episode where they skip school because they don’t like the teacher, get into several scrapes, and later learn they missed out on cake and ice cream at school.

    Trump is the cake and ice cream man. Two scoops.

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  8. kurt72 says:

    Cars are a large part of our wonderful American culture. This will never change.

    Tach it up, tach it up
    Buddy gonna shut you down
    It happened on the strip where the road is wide
    (Oooo rev it up now)
    Two cool shorts standin’ side by side
    (Oooo rev it up now)
    Yeah, my fuel injected Stingray and a four-thirteen
    (Oooo rev it up now)
    Revvin’ up our engines and it sounds real mean
    (Oooo rev it up now)
    Tach it up, tach it up, tach it up
    Buddy gonna shut you down
    Declinin’ numbers at an even rate
    (Oooo movin’ out now)
    At the count of one we both accelerate
    (Oooo movin’ out now)
    My Stingray is light the slicks are startin’ to spin
    (Oooo movin’ out now)
    But the four-thirteen’s really diggin’ in
    (Oooo movin’ out now)
    Gotta be cool now power shift here we go
    Superstock Dodge is windin’ out and low
    But my fuel injected Stingray’s really startin’ to go
    To get the traction I’m ridin’ the clutch
    My pressure plate’s burnin’ that machine’s too much
    Pedal’s to the floor hear the dual quads drink
    (Oooo pump it up now)
    And now the four-thirteen’s lead is startin’ to shrink
    (Oooo pump it up now)
    He’s hot with ram induction but it’s understood
    (Oooo pump it up now)
    I got a fuel injected engine sittin’ under my hood
    (Oooo pump it up now)
    Shut it off, shut it off buddy now I shut you down
    Shut it off, shut it off buddy now I shut you down
    Shut it off, shut it off buddy now I shut you down
    Shut it off, shut it off buddy now I shut you down
    Shut it off, shut it off buddy now I shut you down
    Songwriters: Carl Wilson

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    • stormy223 says:

      It was a ” Superstock Dart that was winding out in low.

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    • AH_C says:

      That was then, this is now. Fewer of the coming generations are gearheads, let alone car fans.

      I tried with my kids, they just don’t seem interested, 🤦‍♂️

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    • Kenji says:

      And Brian Wilson’s version (which is so much more ‘musical’ and ‘lyrical’) 😉

      Little deuce Coupe
      You don’t know what I got
      Little deuce Coupe
      You don’t know what I got

      Well I’m not braggin’ babe so don’t put me down
      But I’ve got the fastest set of wheels in town
      When something comes up to me he don’t even try
      Cause if I had a set of wings man I know she could fly
      She’s my little deuce coupe
      You don’t know what I got
      (My little deuce coupe)
      (You don’t know what I got)

      Just a little deuce coupe with a flat head mill
      But she’ll walk a Thunderbird like it’s standin’ still
      She’s ported and relieved and she’s stroked and bored
      She’ll do a hundred and forty with the top end floored
      She’s my little deuce coupe
      You don’t know what I got
      (My little deuce coupe)
      (You don’t know what I got)

      She’s got a competition clutch with the four on the floor
      And she purrs like a kitten till the lake pipes roar
      And if that aint enough to make you flip your lid
      There’s one more thing, I got the pink slip daddy

      And comin’ off the line when the light turns green
      Well she blows ’em outta the water like you never seen
      I get pushed out of shape and it’s hard to steer
      When I get rubber in all four gears

      She’s my little deuce coupe
      You don’t know what I got
      (My little deuce coupe)
      (You don’t know what I got)
      She’s my little deuce coupe
      You don’t know what I got
      (My little deuce coupe)
      (You don’t know what I got)
      She’s my little deuce coupe
      You don’t know what I got

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  9. quintrillion says:

    What country’s taxpayer is it that bails these car corporation out of their financial ruin?

    I can remember when a new car cost around $5K and I could buy a used one for $50. then work on it myself to get it running in top condition. Now a car cost as mush as the 1st house I bought in 1972. I can also remember gas at .25 cents a gallon.
    The regulations on autos and all the “new” computer junk put on them is not necessary- and boo to what they have done to consumers.

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    • Walt says:

      So gas has gone up 10x; There’s plenty of used cars out there for 10x $50 that can be put in first rate shape for another $500-1000. For that price — maybe four new car payments? — they’ll have the right amount of ‘computer’ all the accessories you need, and another 100k miles of life before you have to do much work on ’em.

      It’s a hobby that pays for itself.

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      • JoAnn Leichliter says:

        No computer crap would be a lot better. Now you get into situations like this (happening to someone I know): two arts of her truck’s computer won’t talk to one another, and no one can figure out what the heck is wrong with the truck’s transmission… What a stupid, expensive cluster—-.

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      • AH_C says:

        I’ve never bought a new car in 40 years of car ownership. Got better things to spend those new car payments on. I’m just being practical, but since you put it that way, it is a hobby. Picking keepers vs lemons. 😂

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      • davidb says:

        Up here I buy 2 Subaru’s for under 600$ each and make one real good one for under 1500$. the Chevy 4×4’s are a little extra at about 800$ each. Plenty of fixers if you don’t mind wrenching, and they seem to be almost as reliable as a newer vehicle.

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    • wodiej says:

      Exactly. It’s just an excuse to jack up the price.

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  10. Laura Smyser says:

    LOL..you can’t beat “The Art of the Deal….”

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  11. bud says:

    My concern is the enemy within. We have too many in congress and the swamp that will be influenced (bought) by the multi-nationals/CofC to hamstring Trump. I pray for Trumps’ success and I ask that ALL unions get out there and talk up their support for Trump. Only he can bring back your factories and jobs. Get er done Americans!

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    • Paul Killinger says:

      He and Flake are history. They’re working on their next pigeons now.

      Liked by 4 people

    • catman4cats says:

      If he doesn’t retire at the end of his term and the Republican Party backs him in his re-election bid (if he makes it past a Primary challenge), I may have to hold my nose and vote for a Democrat to get rid of him. TN has some very poor Senators.

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      • listingstarboard says:

        I feel your pain–AZ resident here. Tennessee still trying to get rid of the Frist family good old boy network, coupled with the influx of “hipsters” and liberals escaping hellholes like California–sad to see.

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      • cozette says:

        Right now voting for a “good” Democrat instead of a Swamp RINO is a LOSS for President Trump. Even a RINO is a win. During the general it’s picking teams. You vote FOR or AGAINST the Presidents team. Hopefully, Trump will win this war and we can vote for candidates based on individual merit but for now Democrats do not allow individuality within their ranks. 100 days until the election. 100 days before Trump and the Swamp know whether we have Trumps back.

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  12. Kathy says:

    Canada needs a Make Canada Great Again Presidential candidate in 2019 to replace Justin and crew.

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  13. Moondance says:

    Likely, these auto execs are compiling a list of US politicians whose campaigns they can fund.

    Liked by 4 people

  14. CRF says:

    Name one “Canadian” car company.

    Which “global car manufacturers” will Canada be representing?

    Let that sink in for a bit.

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    • wildsailor2018 says:

      Actually, like China, Canada has insisted if you want to do business there you need a Canadian company. Toronto is the defacto capital of Canadian corporate location. So you have GM of Canada, Ford of Canada, etc. Those are subsidiaries of the US parent company but considered separate just like their China companies.

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    • Paul Killinger says:

      Good point. And the same holds true for Mexico.

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    • AH_C says:

      Well, they did have a nascent military aviation industry with some successful innovations that was squeezed out by our military-industry cabal. “Building”, actually just assemblying, is their stock in NAFTA

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  15. Paul Killinger says:

    We do not export many vehicles because foreign buyers became convinced ours were inferior, and for many years that was true.

    At the same time many US buyers came to believe imported cars were superior, and some actually were.

    But that’s all in the past thanks largely to modern assembly techniques, so with the help of President MAGA our nation’s auto industry will now RISE AGAIN!

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    • Paul Killinger says:

      And the kicker is with the new corporate TAX STRUCTURE he’s put in place, it won’t be long before foreign car buyers are purchasing their OWN BRANDS “Made in America!” (Far out, huh..?)

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    • davidb says:

      the reliability field has almost leveled out. The Japanese still hold the edge over the rest of the world with the top places on the reliability ladder….as per consumer reports. that is changing as more parts and components are manufactured for them in china. the quality of the steel and plastic parts are no longer up to OEM standards, but the profit margin is.

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  16. jimboct says:

    Gee wiz. This sounds like collusion to me. Maybe we can send Mueller over and have him see first hand what collusion looks like. Psst even in this case, it isn’t illegal.

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    • Paul Killinger says:

      That’s truer than you may think, and another product of “Globalism.” While auto mfgs can freely conspire together in Geneva, their meeting here for such purposes would be in clear violation of our nation’s Antitrust statutes.

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  17. Anonymous says:

    TDS goes global.

    Liked by 2 people

  18. HollowofHishand says:

    What many don’t understand (and forgive me if someone from an earlier post has said the same) is that almost ALL people in politics derive their power FROM politics. Without it they are nothing. This is why they hold on so tightly. But with President Trump, he gets his power from being the man he is. And until the other politicos from here and around the world get that, they can’t win against him using the play book.

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  19. Red Shannon says:

    Prepare for another G-rated (no clothes come off) S&M flick.
    I used to think, “Don’t they get it?”. Now, I think they enjoy it.

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  20. I bet obama is telling Trudeau socks boy to take this lead against Trump! Can’t wait to see that backfire on him!

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  21. I am just surprised Japan and SO.Korea are part of this! They are good friends with POTUS!

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    • AH_C says:

      They would be derelict not to sit at the table and hear the discussion. But it doesn’t mean they’ll be all in.

      Liked by 2 people

    • nerveman says:

      It is interesting that Japan did a trade deal with the EU for zero tariffs. I scratched my head over that. Trump has suggested 000 on everything. I think it only helps in the end as it sets a new standard.

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    • Orville R. Bacher says:

      Japan and South Korea better be at the meeting to tell the rest of the whiners to get with the Trump program. Trump just saved them from Rocket Man.
      Americans are paying for their Defense- a price which, if tacked onto the price of their cars, would make their cars unaffordable.

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  22. Grandpa says:

    Why would the USA send the US military or military money, in ANY capacity, to a country that believes they need to put a lot of tariffs on our exports? Why is it OK for the USA to pay for and maintain gigantic military bases on foreign lands AND employ thousands of their workers, all on taxpayer money; while they charge the max tariffs on our products to earn that tax money? Just how corrupt can our politicians be -OR- how stupid can we be?

    If we want to win the Mid-Term and KEEP our President; WE need to be in the streets!!! He needs our help!

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  23. Brian L says:

    Toyota and Honda have manufacturing facilities inside the USA, dunno why they would go.

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  24. Bandit says:

    My only concern is the week kneed Repub’s. The COC and their donors are all over them. The Koch brothers are choking off money for campaigns. It is some serious stuff. I never thought I would see this elements of this country do this. If anybody is old enough to remember during George H 2nd camapign. Ross Perot wins 11% of the vote. He forsaw the the great “sucking sound” of our manufacturing jobs disappearing. NO ONE has mentioned how prescient he was!

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  25. BobC says:

    Clearly the multinational auto manufacturers haven’t got the message that PDJT’s trade policy is based on the three zeros: Zero tariffs, zero non-trade barriers, zero subsidies. The very same plan that Juncker signed on to a few days ago.

    The other point they haven’t noticed is that about a month ago the Fed released its latest figure the total net worth of American citizens. For the first time in history the total broke through the $100 trillion mark to reach $100.5 trillion.

    Nowhere else in this world or the next where that much wealth available for those companies who can compete fairly to get their share of.

    They need America far, far more than Americans need them.

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  26. Concerned says:

    Assuming the following to be true “It is in the corporate and financial interests of the multinationals to retain their open-ended tariff-free access to the U.S. market by exploiting the back-door of NAFTA. The multinational corporations have invested hundreds of billions on the supply chain and manufacturing system all using this NAFTA loophole. They have also paid hundreds-of-millions for the political policy of multiple world leaders, all to support and retain their interests therein.”

    I believe these people to be extremely aggressive. To the point of being willing to remove anyone or anything in their way. If their is going to be an assassination attempt this will trigger it.

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  27. signer1 says:

    Mr. Ross gave an excellent explanation of why we gave consideration and huge tariff breaks to Europe and Japan as part of our assistance in their rebuilding of their economies. But at some point, those goals were accomplished, and now it’s time for the US to place tariffs, where previously there were none. A concept even Merkel can understand.

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  28. “Several auto manufacturing powers have been talking to each other in recent days about their fears and a possible coordinated response….”

    Illegal under US anti-trust law. Period.

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  29. zucccchini says:

    Germany at ‘meeting’: “Yes, we are going to divert all our auto trade to India and China cause they can afford our cars plus tariffs…..we think….we hope…well, maybe.”

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  30. 10buck2 says:

    Along with other countries battling President Trump’s policies, I dont know if many are aware of congress quietly passing this:

    “With no debate, the Senate unanimously passed a bill that would cut or eliminate tariffs on toasters, chemicals and roughly 1,660 other items made outside the United States.”

    I realize POTUS will veto this but it looks like they have the votes to overturn.

    Not good.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/27/us-senate-quietly-votes-to-cut-tariffs-on-hundreds-of-chinese-goods.html

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  31. stopAgenda21Sustainability says:

    Sundance, I read a really good article yesterday on tariffs.
    The article said the first major bill passed by Congress was the Tariff Act of 1789.

    https://vdare.com/articles/patrick-j-buchanan-did-tariffs-make-america-great

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  32. dawg says:

    “Get me a coke, please.” -President Donald J Trump to the world

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  33. thedoc00 says:

    Consider:
    Only EU officials can make any kind of trade policy decisions, NOT car manufacturers.
    After Merkel made one of lets resist proclamations v/v Tariffs, the actual car manufacturers came out asking for Zero Tariffs.
    The week after the car manufacturers asked for Zero Tariffs, the EU announced a deal with China and I am dubious the actual manufacturers were part of the decision.
    Now consider who will really be at this meeting with any decision making authority. Hint, its not the car manufacturers and it s doubtful the manufacturers will (willingly) make any of the earth shattering announcement.

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  34. nm says:

    They already have us tariffed to the bone especially with autos and auto parts…Potus is right we can produce our own auto parts if necessary and foreign auto makers have two choices…make a deal and end their tariffs or build more plants in the US and make their cars here…Potus will not back down on this…he is on the right path and everyone knows it…..

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  35. qzy says:

    You have this:
    “President Donald Trump reportedly gave out his PERSONAL cell phone number to foreign leaders shortly after taking office and shocked White House officials when a summary of a conversation was released without their knowledge.
    White House aides who were unaware Trump had spoken to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were startled after Canadian officials released a summary of a conversation in April 2017, according to a Washington Post report published on Friday.”

    No doubt that President Trump considered this to be a personal phone call. He gave Trudeau his personal number.

    Then, you have this on June 8, 2018:
    “In times of tariffs, it helps to have friends in high places. Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland talks about the value of her close relationship with the EU trade commissioner, calling themselves “sisters in trade.”

    That’s basically Canada saying It doesn’t need the U.S.

    Then, you have this on June 10, 2018:
    (President Trump) followed up by tweeting: “PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, “US Tariffs were kind of insulting” and he “will not be pushed around.” Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!”

    Trudeau says one thing to Trump’s face, but another thing after Trump leaves the room.

    And, now you have this:
    “Canada, the European Union, Japan, Mexico and South Korea will meet in Geneva next week to discuss how to respond to threats by U.S. President Donald Trump to impose tariffs on U.S. imports of autos and car parts, officials familiar with the talks said.”

    Pardon my language, but WTH? None of those countries will buy Chinese cars that are assembled in Canada. Japan and South Korea definitely won’t. Mexico will buy Chinese cars that are assembled in Mexico. Maybe some poor people in the E.U. will buy Chinese cars assembled in Canada? Maybe? Is the trade value enough, just to show everyone how much you hate Donald Trump?

    Usually, I’m opposed to American Presidents having personal grudges with another country’s leader. But this time, I think America’s interests are in complete alignment with with President Trump’s.

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  36. Beau Geste says:

    Aren’t they “Colluding” to affect our elections and our government? Also sounds like an antitrust conspiracy to affect the US market. Hopefully no American citizens or companies are involved in these collusions and conspiracies!!!

    Are hillary or any of her henchpeople like the FBI and DNC involved?

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  37. ristvan says:

    There is not much the auto companies can do in response to Trump on bilateral trade reciprocity. The reason isn’t US assembly production. Its parts and model mix. Three concrete examples suffice for illustration. In 2017, BMW sold 305685 vehicles in the US. It assembled 371284 in its Spartenburg SC plant. But all of these were X series, of which 272346 were exported. Mercedes sold 375311 vehicles in 2017. It assembled almost exactly 300000 in its Vance Alabama plant. But all were C series, the majority of which were exported. Toyota is better off in assembly, but not parts. In 2017 Toyota brand sold 2129383, produced 1983723 at multiple US assembly plants. But the Prius is produced only in Japan and the RAV4 only in Japan and Canada.

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  38. DAVID says:

    US steel manufacturers will compete against on another, lowering steel prices. It seems everyone against tariffs are idiots that dont have a clue how competition works.

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  39. jonvil says:

    It is beyond belief that these ‘business leaders’, after 556 days of observing the president of the worlds l President Trump, remain so clueless as to his priorities (AMERICA FIRST!!!) and how he operates.
    But then, the same could be said of the Democrats and the GOPe…if one were to ignore their Globalist agenda.

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  40. Rhoda R says:

    But they do have natural allies in our Congress.

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  41. agentcommonsense says:

    LOL They might just as easily attend a Swiss pancake tossing contest

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  42. whoseyore says:

    I’ll bet they think that the POTUS didn’t think of this reaction. Tee hee! Can’t wait to see his counter move!

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  43. 6x47 says:

    Plan of action for carmakers vs. President Trump: Build plants in the United States to do an end run around his tarriffs.

    Ha! Outsmarted you Mr. Trump!

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