Donald Trump flops and flubs and goes after Canada

The U.S. President called Canada’s dairy policy a disgrace. He also offered some thoughts on NATO and his dead friend Pavarotti.

US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump tours Staub Manufacturing Solutions in Dayton, Ohio on September 21, 2016. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump tours Staub Manufacturing Solutions in Dayton, Ohio on September 21, 2016. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Curdled with anger at what he called Canada’s “disgraceful” treatment of American dairy farmers—not to mention “lumber, timber, and energy,” which he also mentioned—U.S. President Donald Trump vowed Thursday morning to “get to the negotiating table with Canada very, very quickly” to rectify what he called, rhymingly, “another NAFTA disaster.”

Speaking in the Oval Office as he signed a memorandum demanding that the Department of Commerce investigate the importation of Chinese steel as a potential threat to U.S. national security, the humble Trump apologetically riffed—“I wasn’t going to do this”—on what he claimed were Canadian government policies that have been castrating hard-working American dairymen along the northern tier of states.

“Canada, what they’ve done to our dairy farm workers is a disgrace,” Trump said. “It’s a disgrace.  I spent time with some of the farmers in Wisconsin, and, as you know, rules, regulations, different things have changed.  And our farmers in Wisconsin and New York State are being put out of business, our dairy farmers.”

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Trump’s tirade, which came only two months after he beamed about his country’s “very outstanding trade relationship with Canada,” seemed to refer to several dozen Wisconsin farmers who recently complained to their state and Congressional representatives about Canadian policies that make it difficult for them to sell ultrafiltered milk to cheese and yogurt processors across the border. It was unleashed only one day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau waved off the president’s first mention of the problem, telling Bloomberg News “It’s politics.”

“Let’s not pretend we’re in a global free market when it comes to agriculture,” Trudeau said in an interview published Wednesday. “We have a supply management system that works very well here in Canada. The Americans and other countries choose to subsidize to the tune of hundreds of millions, if not billions of dollars, their agricultural industries including their dairy.”

On steel, Trump said that U.S. production “is not an area where we can afford to become dependent on foreign countries. We have a product where we actually need foreign countries to be nice to us in order to fight for our people. And that’s not going to happen any longer, believe me—especially as it comes to steel.”

Thursday’s anti-Canada rhetoric came late in a week of Trumpian foreign-policy flips, flops and flubs. Later in the day, the president held a press conference with the Prime Minister of Italy at which Trump reaffirmed his principled, fervent, week-old support for NATO and the integrity of the European Union—positions that contradict almost everything he said on the campaign trail about globalism and international entanglements. Trump also iterated his ardent amore of all things Italian ”from Verdi to Pavarotti, a friend of mine. Great friend of mine.”

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Luciano Pavarotti passed away in 2007. Last year, when the late, great tenor’s soaring rendition of Puccini’s Nessun Dorma  was played to rouse the crowds at Trump’s campaign rallies, Pavarotti’s widow issued a statement of strong protest, declaring that “the values of brotherhood and solidarity which Luciano Pavarotti expressed throughout the course of his artistic career are entirely incompatible with the worldview of candidate Donald Trump.”

The Italian Prime Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, a former newspaper publisher and member of the Workers’ Union for Socialism who has been in office only one month longer than Trump, praised his nation as “a country of dialogue. We are proud because we succeeded in keeping open the doors in difficult crises. Dialogue can be useful even vis-à-vis Russia.”

Trump, who will travel to Sicily next month for a G7 summit—down from G8 following the 2014 relegation of Vladimir Putin—showed no reaction to Gentiloni’s use of the R-word, fiddling with his earpiece as the Italian’s words were translated, keeping himself from shouting “WRONG,” as he did in his debates with Hillary Clinton.

Pressed on one of Trump’s favourite talking points—that every NATO member commit two per cent of its Gross Domestic Product to the military, which is twice as much as the Roman legions currently enjoy—the Prime Minister smiled that “Italy has certain limitations when it comes to its budget.”

Trump’s outburst also came on a day—the famous, infamous 4/20—when, at the stroke of what they dubbed “high noon,” several pro-marijuana activists were arrested on Capitol Hill after handing out free tokes to congressional staffers, giving new meaning to the phrase “joint session.”

For his part, the teetotalling Trump also has abjured recreational pot—and has ordered his Department of Justice to continue to enforce federal laws against sale and possession—a sharp divergence from his predecessor.


Donald Trump flops and flubs and goes after Canada

  1. Maybe Trump can go search for his armada……it seems to be missing.

  2. This dementia or schizophrenia is potentially a result of an STD much like Capone.

  3. American capitalist imperialism.  Trump says “we will not be taken
    advantage of”.  Yeah right.  Look how many American companies
    have taken over the Canadian retail landscape, forcing many
    Canadian companies into bankruptcy.  McDonald’s, Best Buy,
    Subway, Petsmart, Dennys, GM, Ford, Apple, Netflix, Amazon,
    Google….and the list goes on and on.  It is the Americans that have
    raped corporate profits from so many countries around the world. 

    • Those companies are only here because we let them and successful because we like them.

    • American companies did not force Canadian companies into bankruptcy. Canadians did by choosing
      to bring their business and dollars to American companies. Don’t tell me you never used Google.

  4. ….”week-old support for NATO …” I’ve followed this issue from the beginning and Trump should get some credit here rather than abuse. He said that NATO was obsolete for two reasons: First, it wasn’t involved in the fight against ISIS and second, many of the members (with Canada being by far the worst) were not meeting military spending commitments and leaving the U.S. to carry their load. Both of those are now being addressed because of him. If only we had a leader who knew how to negotiate like this rather than travel the world and take selfies.

    • It looks like you love Trump and the US more then you like Canada. Why do not you consider moving there?
      At the meeting in 2014 NATO members agreed to increase military spending to 2% of the GDP by 2024!
      As far as I know it is only 2017, therefor we have seven years to reach that goal.

  5. Hopefully he doesn’t drop a MOAB on us.

  6. It’s simply another feeding time for the idiots in his shrinking base of support. Relax. The guy as no coherence of ideas and even less capacity to deliver on them.

  7. It’s simply another feeding time for the idiots in his shrinking base of support. Relax. The guy has no coherence of ideas and even less capacity to deliver on them.

  8. Some Canadians have wanted Trump to succeed. Although we feel almost American,
    Canada is not the USA, so be careful what you wish for. Canada is collateral damage,
    with regard to Trump being tough on illegal immigration, as some of these immigrants
    are now walking across the northern border into Canada.