Since entering the White House, President Donald Trump has spent a lot of time bashing both America’s adversaries and its allies. Canada has not been immune from such swipes.
Here are the many shots Trump has taken at Canada over the past couple of years:
1. ‘Canada has been very difficult to deal with … they’re very spoiled’ – May 23, 2018
Speaking to reporters as NAFTA negotiations continue to drag on, Trump had choice words for both Canada and Mexico: “Mexico has been very difficult to deal with. Canada has been very difficult to deal with. They have been taking advantage of the United States for a long time. I am not happy with their requests. But I will tell you in the end we win, we will win and we’ll win big. … They’re very spoiled because nobody’s done this. But I will tell you, what they asked for is not fair.”
2. ‘Wrong Justin’ – March 15, 2018
Trump hasn’t just dissed Canada, he’s lied to the Prime Minister and boasted about it. At a fundraiser meeting in March Trump bragged that he deliberately made up statistics about America’s trade deficit with Canada in a conversation with Trudeau, even though he had no idea if they were true.
From The Washington Post:
“Trudeau came to see me. He’s a good guy, Justin. He said, ‘No, no, we have no trade deficit with you, we have none. Donald, please,’ ” Trump said, mimicking Trudeau, according to audio of the private event in Missouri obtained by The Washington Post. “Nice guy, good-looking guy, comes in — ‘Donald, we have no trade deficit.’ He’s very proud because everybody else, you know, we’re getting killed.
“… So, he’s proud. I said, ‘Wrong, Justin, you do.’ I didn’t even know. … I had no idea. I just said, ‘You’re wrong.’ You know why? Because we’re so stupid. … And I thought they were smart. I said, ‘You’re wrong, Justin.’ He said, ‘Nope, we have no trade deficit.’ I said, ‘Well, in that case, I feel differently,’ I said, ‘but I don’t believe it.’ I sent one of our guys out, his guy, my guy, they went out, I said, ‘Check, because I can’t believe it.’
‘Well, sir, you’re actually right. We have no deficit, but that doesn’t include energy and timber. … And when you do, we lose $17 billion a year.’ It’s incredible.”
3. ‘Canada Is Very Smooth’ but Trump’s onto us – Feb. 26, 2018
Trump has regularly claimed that the U.S. runs a massive trade deficit with Canada. That can be argued several ways, but one of Trump’s stranger trade deficit tirades came in February. At a meeting with governors Trump declared he was wise to Canada’s sly ways: “We lose a lot with Canada. People don’t know it. Canada is very smooth,” he said. “They have you believe that it’s wonderful. And it is. For them. Not wonderful for us. It’s wonderful for them. So we have to start showing that we know what we’re doing.”
4. ‘Canada does not treat us right’ – Feb. 12, 2018
While talking about a long-awaited infrastructure plan, Trump reverted to one of his favourite topics: how America’s “so-called allies” have taken advantage of his country. “Canada does not treat us right in terms of the farming and the crossing the borders.”
5. ‘We will not stand for this. Watch!’ – April 25, 2017
Trump has taken several runs at Canada over the issue of U.S. dairy access to Canada, taking to Twitter to vent:
Canada has made business for our dairy farmers in Wisconsin and other border states very difficult. We will not stand for this. Watch!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2017
6. ‘Canada, what they’ve done to our dairy farm workers, it’s a disgrace’ – April 20, 2017
Two months after praising America’s “very outstanding trade relationship with Canada,” we were back in the bad books after Trump heard complaints from Wisconsin dairy farmers about Canada’s supply management system. “Canada, what they’ve done to our dairy farm workers is a disgrace,” Trump said, in an Oval Office speech. “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.”
7. ‘Canada’s health care system is catastrophic’ – Oct. 12, 2016
There was once a time when Trump loved Canada’s public health care system. That time was in 2000, when he wrote: “We must have universal health care” and “The Canadian plan also helps Canadians live longer and healthier than Americans” But that was then. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump attacked Hilary Clinton’s health care platform by going after Canada’s single-payer system. “Canada’s [health care] system is so slow,” he said during a debate. “It’s catastrophic in certain ways.”
8. ‘We lose with Canada — big-league’ – June 28, 2016
At a speech in Pittsburgh, Trump lashed out at Canada—among a long list of countries—for putting one over on the U.S. with free trade deals. “I like free trade, but free trade is not free trade, it’s dump trade because we lose with China, we lose with Mexico, we lose with Japan and Vietnam and every single country that we deal with,” Trump said. “We lose with Canada — big-league. Tremendous, tremendous trade deficits with Canada.”