President Trump Notes Canadian Trade Priorities Conflict With U.S-Mexico, Here’s the Likely End Result…

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has submitted a regulatory 90-day notification to congress outlining the intent to modify the U.S. trade deal with Mexico according to mutually agreed terms.

However, the Canadian trade priorities; including retention of protectionist tariffs (dairy) and non-regulatory barriers (telecom/banking); in combination with subsidies (lumber/aeronautics), make Canada joining the deal almost impossible.

Canada is scheduled to meet with Lighthizer again on Wednesday, but it seems very doubtful the political needs for Justin Trudeau would allow any three-way agreement.

If you take the U.S-Mexico deal out of the U.S-Canadian discussion and just look at the fundamental baselines for the Canadian position it becomes easier to see the problem.

On the issues at the heart of the Canadian trade priorities any movement away from the current trade relationship with the U.S. is a loss.

In general terms the U.S. wants: the elimination of tariffs, the elimination of subsidies and the elimination of non-tariff barriers to trade. The Trump/Lighthizer position is to create an actual trade bloc (Canada joins),  or a bilateral agreement based on the same principles that would apply to a trade bloc.

President Trump could offer to eliminate the current Steel and Aluminum tariffs so long as Canada agrees to limits on imported Steel/Aluminum from China. However, it doesn’t look like Canada is willing to agree to terms around ‘rules of origin’ because Canada no longer has a heavy industrial base as part of their economic foundation.

Mexico, via President-elect Lopez-Obrador, wants to establish heavy industry to expand the Mexican economy and create a real manufacturing industrial base.

AMLO sees energy resource development as financial collateral toward achieving more actual heavy manufacturing investment in Mexico.  Guess what? He’s right.

Conversely, and showcasing an entirely different set of economic priorities, Canada has slowly removed its heavy industry at the behest of liberal environmental policy and shows no signs of wanting to reestablish that sector.

Without a heavy manufacturing industrial base, Canada needs to retain their import of component parts (made from heavy manufacturing) and simply assemble those parts in Canada. The U.S. and China are their main suppliers for Canadian component goods. A limited industrial base precludes Canada from agreeing to any rules of origin that could essentially limit their economy.

To form a trade relationship with the U.S., based on the same manufacturing priorities applied to the U.S-Mexico deal, Canada would have to fundamentally reverse decades of trade and internal economic/regulatory policy; -OR- Canada would have to limit their Asian purchases and use the U.S. and/or Mexico as the source of their component part origination. This is basic industrial economics.

Again, if you take the U.S-Mexico agreement away from any review of a U.S-Canada agreement, what you discover is that in a bilateral discussion of trade between the U.S. and Canada; the hungry Canadian already eats 2/3rds of the pizza (current terms).

Any move to make the pizza (trade relationship) more equitable in a bilateral deal (50/50) means Canada will have to give up some pie.  Canada doesn’t have any current internal economic policy they are willing to give up.

Canada wants to retain their lumber and aeronautics subsidies; they want to retain their protectionist dairy tariffs; they want to retain their barriers keeping their banking and telecommunications sectors protected from external competition; and they want to keep the current manufacturing and assembly processes for durable goods without the pesky industrial/environmental challenges from creating the components of those goods.

This is what Justin Trudeau and Chrystia Freeland call “protecting Canadian workers, and protecting Canadian values”.

That’s why President Trump simply looks at the challenge and says it is far easier to accept the Canadian position and make an independent move that will remove 1/4 of the pizza.  That move would be to place a 20 to 25% tariff on Canadian manufactured automobiles which will essentially mean those auto companies will relocate back into the U.S.

Beyond automobiles President Trump and Robert Lighthizer will then, inside the bilateral agreement or separately if no agreement possible, establish a duty on any imported durable good that exceeds an established percentage of North American content.  This shuts down the third-party exploitation loophole.

This is where I somewhat disagree with those who say President Trump has been setting up this auto-tariff scenario all along.  It’s not that Trump’s motive/strategy has been to remove the auto-manufacturing per se’, but rather that President Trump has long-accepted the ‘Canadian priorities’ as they exist. Trump understands the problem at its root and basic cause, and he see’s this approach as the most simple and logical solution.

Tax Canadian automobiles at 25% and one-quarter of the pie will revert back to the U.S.

Done.

Canada gets to keep its priorities intact; and Justin/Chrystia get to tell their constituents they maintained the values of the Canadian people.

See how that works?

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335 Responses to President Trump Notes Canadian Trade Priorities Conflict With U.S-Mexico, Here’s the Likely End Result…

  1. Vince says:

    “Canada gets to keep its priorities intact; and Justin/Chrystia get to tell their constituents they maintained the values of the Canadian people.”

    The only losers are the Canadian citizens, who will continue to have to pay lumber subsidies, higher dairy prices, higher banking prices. Competition would have benefitted the citizens.

    Liked by 12 people

    • Mark L. says:

      Higher telco and Banking Fees.

      Liked by 2 people

    • fleporeblog says:

      You are absolutely right!

      Justin from Canada is going to get more than just his ass handed to him! What this man and his team of idiots are doing to the Canadian Economy is pure suicide. The dairy sector produces less than 1% of the revenue Canada takes in.

      They better have enough cows 🐄 for the auto workers to milk 🥛 once those factories close and return for good to our country!

      They thought the Mexicans were going to be there for them. Once AMLO won the Mexican Election, their partner was no longer interested.

      You can’t fix stupid. You have to destroy it!

      Look what happened yesterday in China 🇨🇳. Our President’s plans are working to perfection!

      https://www.wsj.com/articles/ford-scraps-plan-to-import-china-built-small-car-due-to-tariff-cost-1535729401?redirect=amp

      From the article linked above:

      Ford Motor Co. F -2.27% has ditched plans to import its Focus compact vehicle from China to the U.S., citing an expected hit from import tariffs the Trump administration put into effect in July.

      The U.S. auto maker had planned to begin shipping a new version of the Focus from China, starting in the second half of 2019. But a new 25% tariff upended the economic case for the import plan, said Kumar Galhotra, the company’s head of North America.

      Ford will instead discontinue the Focus nameplate for the U.S. market after selling down the current supply.

      The tariff made it a “very difficult business case for us, so we’re choosing to deploy these resources elsewhere,” Mr. Galhotra told reporters during a conference call Friday.

      Mr. Galhorta said Ford didn’t seek a tariff exemption for the Focus.

      Mr. Galhotra said the decision would have “marginal” impact on the auto maker’s future sales in the U.S., where Ford plans to increase the number of nameplates it offers to 23 within five years—from 20 today—despite plans to eliminate several car lines. Ford has said it would add more trucks, SUVs, and electric and hybrid models to respond to consumer demands.

      Liked by 9 people

    • helix35 says:

      I guess the “values of the Canadian people” include a crap economy. Sounds good. You get the government you deserve.

      Liked by 4 people

    • Let's Roll says:

      So instead of U.S. tariffs supporting Canada’s precious ‘progressive’ policies and economy, i.e. socialism, the tab is on Canada.

      Painful, Canadians, gonna be real painful…

      Liked by 8 people

      • Vince says:

        I remember when everyone had a seat at the negotiating table except American citizens, it wasn’t long ago of course.

        This time Americans were represented, Mexicans were represented, but most Canadians were not, just some dairy farmers and bankers.

        Liked by 6 people

      • The Demon Slick says:

        Maybe the Canadian people will select new leadership, more responsive to their own voters needs.

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    • Jedi9 says:

      This is the how the ideologues do business! Don’t expect a 180 turn around, in fact I am expecting they will double down! So, win win IMO!

      Liked by 4 people

      • MagaKathryn says:

        Really love it on here …. have zero knowledge about Canada and PM Trudeau. What a pompous azz. I pray that President Trump completely crushes that jerk.

        Thanks for sharing!

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      • Westernwhere says:

        That video is astounding. He must believe he is untouchable. Is he?

        I found some balm in the video suggestions, from Feb 2017, Enjoy the foreshadowing.

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        • Westernwhere says:

          The burn is at time 2:20, but the whole thing is pretty brutal.

          The paste included the time stamp but wordpress disregarded it.

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    • Gary Morton says:

      The way I see it is a fundamental ideological difference. Trudeau’s priorities, which are not Canadian priorities but EU type priorities, is to keep trade bureaucracy alive via dispute mechanisms. Trump is trying to pare those down. Keep in mind that the bureaucracy is the thing that grows into the rule by Brussels that happened in the EU. Bureaucracy eats up national sovereignty. Trudeau is essentially about destroying the sovereignty of the host nation states of the agreement, not free trade.
      Trump is about free trade without bureaucracy. Borders are open to trade competition and the three nations get to keep their sovereignty and home rule. The three nations benefit with content rules and not third parties like China.
      Canada would be better off just opening up trade as Trump wants.
      A scary problem here is if Trudeau collapses Canada’s economy with his ideology, you could see a future where the US Democrats come to power and give huge sums of foreign aid to Canada. The Democrats will turn Canada into their servants, paid with your tax dollars on the northern border.

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    • murray smith says:

      not just their only loss, they will lose jobs and national income, 5-10 years down the road Canada will be bankrupt if they maintain their Socialist policies

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    • Wai cheah says:

      According to John Carney, Breibart News Eco & Fin editor, a complete revocation of Nafta would cause Canada a 2.2% decline in GDP. Little Tredeau will not be around after the next election.

      Liked by 2 people

      • fuddle duddle says:

        He is done in the 2019 election regardless. Bank on it.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Troublemaker10 says:

        That’s been my question. Trudeau’s political moves are very ill timed. Gain the anti-Trump vote now, lose the main Street Canadian vote once the economic pain hits as a result.

        The Canadian election isn’t til October of 2019. His timing is way off.

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    • JoAnn Leichliter says:

      Well, Canada, it is said that virtue is its own reward. That certainly goes for trade policies, in your case. Unfortunately, you can’t eat or spend that sort of thing.

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    • Black Beauty says:

      Seems to me there will be an inevitable political backlash against Trudeau and his government, if their negotiations result in no agreement and with 25% tariffs that promise to remove their entire auto mfg base from Canada. If they refuse to deal with Trump, I believe the Canadian people will drum them out of office in short order and elect a conservative government that will be happy as hell to join us in a workable agreement that includes changes in Canadian industry and business that mirror ours. If that happens, Trump will have cleansed North America of the horrific shadow cast by the New World Order and its orwellian “North American Community.” And I’ll say hallelujah!!!!

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  2. Justah says:

    ATTN: Sundance (and Lawyers)

    I think we all understand that the focus now needs to be on the US Congress and our plethora of Trade Laws — Canada is not going to join the Mexico/USA Agreement and Lighthizer will be working with them on a bi-lateral agreement. As Sundance said – we haven’t buried NAFTA, but it’s dead. It’s just going to be a long drawn out funeral, but we ought be used to that this week.

    I see so much information (not here, but US & Canadian Press) that is absolutely wrong – that I actually spent some time trying to figure out exactly which LAWS and which RULES apply. Not easy, because they are many – but there has to be some sort of order to them. Good News is that we have Bob Lighthizer, who was a Deputy Representative in the Reagan Administration AND he worked on the 1988 Canada-US Free Trade Agreement (CUSFTA) of 1989 (which is suspended by NAFTA, but would go back into force without NAFTA …… according to this article by The Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) is a private, nonpartisan nonprofit institution committed to rigorous, intellectually open, and indepth study and discussion of international economic policy.

    https://piie.com/blogs/trade-investment-policy-watch/can-trump-terminate-nafta (lot of good information here)

    From what I’ve read — basically some part of all our Trade Laws still applies in part – beginning with Smoot-Hawley. The Trade Agreements Act of 1974 and then the 1988 Canada-US Free Trade Agreement followed by NAFTA (which is not a US Law at all, but connect to GATT, which was folded into the WTO) and contains articles 2203 & 2205 in Chapter 22, that nobody ever pays any attention to as it is “procedural”. After the US Canada 1988 Law, Mexico wanted to join in and we eventually got NAFTA (some of it bases on the 1988 Law). Reagan couldn’t finish it, so HW Bush picked it up and basically complete most of it, but couldn’t finish before Clinton came to power – Clinton/Leftists added Environmental articles and Labor articles and came up with the Congressional Action — which was NOT a “Treaty” authorization, just an Implementation Law … THAT’s IMPORTANT to Remember.

    Congress passed H.R. 3450, the North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act in 1993 – https://www.congress.gov/bill/103rd-congress/house-bill/3450/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22nafta%22%5D%7D

    Congress did not ratify the NAFTA text; it ratified H.R. 3450. That’s what matters domestically. If President Trump terminates NAFTA under Article 2205, he would not, by that action, change a word in the implementing legislation. Because invoking Article 2205 would have no effect on H.R. 3450, and because the implementing legislation says nothing about congressional assent.

    Now we are up to the Bipartisan Comprehensive Trade Promotion and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA) ….. this is the one (ignoring all previous Trade Laws/Agreements) that the Leftist CongressCritters are referring to when they say “we must vote” and Canada is counting on because the believe that the US House will be controlled by the Left after Nov 2018. When you hear the term “fast track” concerning NAFTA ….. this is what they are talking about.
    https://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/key_workplace/1425/

    It is because of this 2015 Law that Lighthiker sent the Notification to Congress that they were going to begin negotiations in 2017.(required by law) and the notification of the 90 days (also required by Law) – The Congressional Research Service also issued a report when this all began –
    https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43491.pdf ….. and it’s worth a read, but I don’t think they actually looked into the previous Laws much (or at all) or the NAFTA agreement. The CRS essentially responds to Congressional Questions about Laws/Programs from CongressCritters – it’s a matter of asking the right question.

    Here is the Issue – it clear (at least to me) that Lighthizer is absolutely on top of this and following all pieces of all Laws and understands what they mean (after he left he Government, he spent 30 years as a TOP International Trade Lawyer and he actually wrote some of the NAFTA stuff in the beginning) — Another tremendous pick by Donald Trump!!!

    As soon as the Leftist Media works out that NAFTA is dead and the TeamCanada gets nothing — the internet will be full of “Trump can’t do this” ….. you can also bet that NONE of the reporters or Media will have a clue about the Laws, even the CongressCritters are clueless about the Laws.

    We will really need this put together in simple language to go out do our Trump Warrior Duty – I spend hours a day on City Data (millions of viewers) “spreading the word – backed up by LINKS).

    We need to know exactly what Laws will work in what order – it certainly looks like the conditions of the NAFTA Agreement are met in Chapter 22 – https://www.nafta-sec-alena.org/Home/Texts-of-the-Agreement/North-American-Free-Trade-Agreement?mvid=1&secid=d5a8ba07-1fb2-4f28-88d0-a8eac08611a2

    It’s the 2015 Law that Leftist CongressCritters think they can stop President Trump on – I think it’s doubtful, Lighthizer knows what he is doing, but the FAKE NEWS is going to do nuts and we need to be ready …… The Last Refuge is where so many Twitter/Facebook and even News Media now come.

    Sorry the is so long ….. my guess is it goes to Moderation and then is guaranteed to be read. 🙂

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    • WVPatriot says:

      Justah —

      Thank you for your brilliant report of the trade agreements. You have taken an extremely complicated subject and made it understandable. We really appreciate your efforts.

      Liked by 15 people

    • railer says:

      Trump just needs to execute this strategy within the next 4 weeks, and make it a fait accompli, easily understood, and force the Congress-critters to take a position. MAGA candidates will take that simple position Trump gives them, and be able to describe it to the voters, and their opponents can go against it if they dare. It has to be a focused sell across the country, but fortunately Trump has timed this out perfectly, at the most opportune time to force the issue electorally.

      We can theoretically have the entire thing basically done before the election, to include the new tariffs on Canada. The Mexico part is done. Canada is set up as the intransigent with full descriptions boiled down from SD’s narrative above… botta boop botta bing… done.

      Liked by 4 people

    • jeans2nd says:

      Justah, the confusion in the U.S. law is not a drawback, it is a feature. It is the way the UniParty CONgress planned it to be.

      You yourself said the part where we win – “(Lighthizer) spent 30 years as a TOP International Trade Lawyer and he actually wrote some of the NAFTA stuff in the beginning”
      Count on it that Amb Lightbringer will do nothing where he has not figured out the part where we win.

      Your idea of a concise explainer is a good one. After reading your comment, you are hereby nominated for the task! Looking forward to reading your work, and thank you in advance.

      Liked by 11 people

    • Sunshine says:

      Excellent. I always knew the Canadians are clueless.

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    • Issy says:

      Thank You Justah. I had to read your post twice and the second time very slowly, but I’ve got it.

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  3. Mr BiG Time says:

    25% is fine. next.

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  4. Mr BiG Time says:

    25% is fine. next.

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  5. youme says:

    Globe and Mail….Canada is screwed

    The fantasy has now been shattered that Canada can secure something as good or better than the deal it already has. Bullied by Mr. Trump and betrayed by Mexico, Canadian negotiators faced a grim ultimatum this week – cave to a series of hardline U.S. demands or get hit with steep tariffs on autos that could plunge much of the country into recession.

    This uncomfortable spot was clearly not Plan A for Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, which had initially hoped it might be able to get away with a relatively painless “modernization” of the 24-year-old trade agreement.

    Ottawa is suddenly facing heat on the home front for getting Canada into this mess. Critics say the crisis would have been avoidable if the government had played its cards better in the nearly two years since Mr. Trump’s surprise election win.

    Perhaps the government could have shown more willingness to compromise early on, making it clear it would offer concessions, particularly in the highly protected dairy sector. Or it could have pushed for a quick bilateral deal with the United States last year, giving Mr. Trump an early trade “win” and leaving Mexico to fend for itself. And once the die was cast for a full renegotiation of NAFTA with all three partners, Ottawa could have done a better job of managing relations with both the outgoing and incoming governments in Mexico. Finally, the Canadian team should have been more restrained in criticizing the Trump administration, epitomized by Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland’s withering denunciation in June of the President’s trade and foreign policy in a speech delivered just blocks from the White House.

    https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-the-harsh-reality-canadas-in-a-near-impossible-situation-on-nafta/

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  6. railer says:

    I continue to be impressed with Trump’s political and electoral savvy. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised anymore, as he was his own electoral strategist and campaign manager through the primary and general elections, and we see how that worked out.

    Here, Trump has positioned agriculture and heavy industry as his allies. The Ag states will be with him on this, as they know the EU and China will eat their lunch if Trump surrenders to Canada, particularly over terms Mexico has already accepted. Heavy industry is quite similar. Critical states in the coming House election are Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Michigan, Kansas and California. All of them can be influenced by ag and industry, even California. All this will also reinforce an already strong hand in the Senate elections.

    Trump really has played this out well. He’s got policy AND politics gamed out perfectly. It’s amusing that the Swamp is so incapable of doing what he does almost effortlessly. It’s almost like they don’t want to. Hmmmmmmmmmm…..

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    • Justah says:

      Exactly correct – I didn’t even put in the part about how Lighthizer timed an extension on the 2015 bill and the CongressCritters missed their chance to take power away from the President …. but it’s in the LINKS I provided.

      TeamTrump has exquisite timing and planning.

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  7. jsteele9 says:

    Trump might be sincere when he wrote, ” I love Canada…” but most of Canada does not love or even like him. The entire Canadian MSM is nothing but an amateur sock puppet or parrot of the worst of the American MSM when it comes to reporting on Trump. They are also fawning supporters of Justin Trudeau.

    I can not escape this type of headline below as similar ones usually appear whenever I look at a Canadian news outlet. They never miss an opportunity to disparage or mock Trump and this began during his campaign. POTUS was never given fair unbiased coverage except by Ezra it appears

    “John McCain eulogized by Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Trump told to stay away”

    https://globalnews.ca/news/4422731/barack-obama-george-bush-john-mccain-eulogy-trump-stay-away/

    Of course they fail to mention that John McCain was the person that “handled the putrid dossier” and started the feud long before that and tried to derail Trump’s democratically earned Presidency along with many other Never Trumpers. McCain did not respect the choice of the voters of the USA unlike his pal Sen Lyndsey Graham. All that aside, I still hope McCain is now in a better place.

    The Canadian ideological leadership seems determined to scuttle their own economy “for principle” and ignore a harsh economic reality rather than make difficult compromises and most of the Canadian people were willing and eager to believe their anti Trump media so the die is cast. Unless of course a miraculous change of liberal mindset occurs. Place your bets with Justin and Chrystia!

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    • GB Bari says:

      Nor do they consider or mention that President Trump privately told his staff to make sure that the McCain family gets whatever they needed – regardless of cost or logistics – for the funeral arrangements.

      VSGPDJT is a far bigger man than all of them combined.

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      • jsteele9 says:

        Very good GB. He also tweeted his condolences to the family etc soon after McCain’s death and agreed to respect their wishes despite the widely publicized feud that Trump did not start.

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    • Peppurr says:

      Jsteele9 – Your last para hit the nail on the head. Sure many (maybe majority) of Canadian citizens dislike President Trump, but. when it comes down to ditching the economy affecting the livelihood of citizens, Justin is delusional. There are 338 federal electoral districts in Canada. Ontario and Quebec hold 199 of them and these 2 provinces are the two major dairy producing Provinces.

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  8. Wai cheah says:

    Mohamed El Erian said 15% chance Trump would result in a “Reagan moment” in trade https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/27/el-erian-60-percent-chance-trump-hard-line-with-china-yields-fairer-trade.html

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  9. luke says:

    The American people run the show now. And we’re winning!

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  10. wheatietoo says:

    Sorry if this has been posted before…but Ezra Levant sets the record straight.

    Trudeau’s arrogance and pettiness is what ‘killed’ the negotiations:

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    • paper doll says:

      He has gotten his way by pouting all his life….whata mean it doesn’t work with PT?
      No wonder JT’s eyebrow bailed from this loser

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    • TigerBear says:

      The tantrum throwing male child has been bested by a real man! Now he has gone off to sulk in his safe space until Wednesday.

      I feel for the Canadian people. We had obunghler for 8 years, so we know their pain.

      Liked by 4 people

    • Troublemaker10 says:

      That was a good video. I had no idea that Chrystia “cried” over not getting trade deal she wanted with Belgium. I also did not know that Trump hater, Vicente Fox, praised the new Mexico-US trade deal. I don’t think the US media reported that at all.

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    • This is just breathtakingly stupid and arrogant on behalf of Canada. They get what they deserve.

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  11. This tweet by PDJT today sums up how I’ve felt about NATO countries and NAFTA countries where it’s a one-sided relationship.

    POTUS:
    “We shouldn’t have to buy our friends with bad Trade Deals and Free Military Protection!”

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  12. Jedi9 says:

    Seriously! How can anyone go out in public after experiencing this humiliation?

    Liked by 4 people

  13. Jay says:

    The assumptions are retarded rhetoric. The US currently enjoys an annual 2 billion trade surplus with Canada, meaning the trading is basically fair with the US maintaining a $2 billion advantage on a 700 billion trade portfolio. Any movement retards that balance heavily in the favor of America. The misinformation should stop. America just want to ravage Canada.

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    • Orville R. Bacher says:

      When Chinese parts are being put into “made in Canada” autos, then NAFTA is NOT doing what it was intended. Canadian Media has dumbed down a huge percentage of the Canadian population-exactly as the owners of the Canadian Quota Club wants it.
      CBC, the Chinese Broadcasting Corporation, CTV, the Chinese TV Corporation, and Global, as in Globalist Propaganda Corporation are the only “news” networks in Canada pumping out anti-American, anti-Trump garbage 24/7.
      Canadians have lost thousands of jobs to Mexico and China because Canadian politcians are on the take.

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    • Janpt says:

      The data is skewed, it does not take reexports into account. Something imported from Mehico, and reexported to Canada, appears as a US export.

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  14. lcpusa says:

    you want even more leverage on the canadians?

    they send [rough guess] probably 100k canadians across the border for good jobs in america every day. here in detroit, there is a traffic jam coming over in the am and going back every afternoon.

    it is virtually impossible for an american to gain full time work in canada. every SOB in the province of ontario has to be offered the job first.

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    • Sunshine says:

      And the illegal border-crossers are getting their work permits three weeks after arrival and employers have been notified to give preference to them instead of Canadian unemployed citizens. All that and the illegals don’t know when their asylum or refugee applications will be processed or refused.

      That’s probably why Canadians are job-hunting in USA.

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  15. TigerBear says:

    Best tweet EVER of our President. IMO

    SUMS IT ALL UP NICELY! 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    12h
    We shouldn’t have to buy our friends with bad Trade Deals and Free Military Protection!

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  16. Mark says:

    I purchased a 1×6 for a shelf in my wife’s kitchen. Stamped on the label was “Made in New Zealand”. I asked my wife, “How is it we have wood to burn in the US (California), however, Home Depot chooses to sell us wood from New Zealand. Do you know how many miles it is to New Zealand????????

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  17. Shelly B says:

    Best president EVER. Love this man and his commitment to Making American Great Again!

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  18. Kevin says:

    Just like each of us, we can shop at a different store if we do not like how we are being treated, the US can buy consumer goods from someone else. The US is in the dominant position but has not pressed it’s advantage for years. President Trump’s negotiating position is similar to that of Wal Mart, if you want to do business with us, bend to our will. Who else is lined up to buy their lumber. We should stop buying their oil since they think oil is evil and want to be a green country. Unlike Wal Mart President Trump is only asking for reciprocity or equal treatment. The Democrats have to be scared to death how many of those manufacturing and mining workers that are getting their jobs back and their families will now vote Republican.

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    TGP reported over the weekend that it appears that the reason there was no FISA Court hearing on the Carter Page FISA warrant was because Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch forced through the application per an obscure loophole
    in the law.

    We next reported this Labor Day morning that
    if this is correct, then likely AG Sessions or Rosenstein pushed through any extensions after President Trump took office.

    Now we’ve unlocked a bombshell and it’s worse!
    President Obama would have had to approve the Carter Page warrant per law in order for the spying to proceed without a court hearing. The rule is described on page 7 of 1978 FISA Act!
    The Act reads as follows –
    “AUTHORIZATION FOR ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE FOR FOREIGNINTELLIGENCE PURPOSES
    SEC. 102. ø50 U.S.C. 1802¿ (a)(1) Notwithstanding any otherlaw, the President, through the Attorney General, may authorizeelectronic surveillance without a court
    order under this title to acquireforeign intelligence information for periods of up to one yearif the Attorney General certifies in writing under oath “

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