Donald Trump threatens to cut Canada out of trade negotiations, and end NAFTA if Congress interferes.

By |2018-09-03T04:31:20+00:00September 2nd, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , |10 Comments


I swear this guy does business deals like somebody negotiation the release of his hostage.

“If you don’t do what I say Canada gets it!”

Whether you like NAFTA or not, it was a trade deal that benefited all of the countries involved to some degree. 

What Trump is doing now is not only endangering NAFTA but endangering any chance for America to make a successful trade deal moving forward. 

After all, why should countries negotiate with us in good faith if America has demonstrated that deals can be discarded the minute a new administration takes power? 

And speaking of that the Obama Administration did actually negotiate some good changes to NAFTA according to Politico:

There was never a formal announcement of “NAFTA Modernization Talks.” There were no presidential tweets mocking the original agreement. But behind the scenes, President Barack Obama’s negotiators spent more than three years haggling and battling to update and upgrade the 1994 deal, and they eventually got a lot of what they wanted. Canada reluctantly agreed to give American farmers modest but unprecedented access to its tightly protected dairy industry; Mexico grudgingly agreed to labor reforms with more bite than NAFTA’s toothless union protections. The new deal opened up service sectors like insurance, accounting and express delivery where the United States tends to excel, along with e-commerce and other digital industries that didn’t exist when NAFTA was born. The United States also secured new restrictions on government-owned businesses, new protections for intellectual property and new safeguards for the environment.

But none of those hard-won concessions are going into effect. That’s because the Obama team negotiated all of them as part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the 5,500-page Asia-oriented trade agreement among the three NAFTA nations and nine other Pacific Rim countries. TPP was at the heart of Obama’s strategic “pivot to Asia.” But Trump saw it as another fleecing of America, and with great fanfare he yanked the United States out of TPP during his first week in office, before Congress could even vote on whether the deal should take effect. That means its upgrades to NAFTA—regarding dairy, labor and everything else Mexico and Canada agreed to—are probably moot.

To Obama administration officials and other free-trade advocates, this feels like a gaping self-inflicted wound, a voluntary surrender of economic and geopolitical territory captured through countless hours of intense negotiations in drab conference rooms. When I asked Obama’s trade representative, Michael Froman, what his negotiating team had given up to Mexico and Canada in exchange for their TPP concessions to America, he replied: “Nothing!” Mexico and Canada were willing to play ball because TPP would give them better access to sell their products in Asian markets—and when Trump tries to renegotiate NAFTA, he won’t be able to offer that carrot now that he’s ditched TPP.

So it seems that if Trump had really wanted to renegotiate NAFTA his best bet would have been to renegotiate TPP first and change what he did not like about that, before using that leverage to gain some concessions from Canada. 

But I guess that would have required the kind of negotiating skills that Trump’s ghostwriter bragged about in “The Art of the Deal” but which Trump completely lacks in real life. 

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10 Comments

  1. Anonymous September 2, 2018 at 10:44 am

    As if you haven’t learned by now, screaming toddler, Justin Trudeau isn’t scared of you one bit.
    You can scream MAGA all you want to in response to Meghan McCain all you want to, but it’s MORE than clear that you have absolutely no clue what you’re doing.

    • Anonymous September 2, 2018 at 4:40 pm

      I love it !

      ===============

      Ted Lieu offers KickAss “#SundayMorning Thoughts”

      …..So, what does the Orange-Asshole do? He tweets out, “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” which was a cry for attention but also a direct slap in the face for Meghan McCain, who eulogized that, “America was always great” in her final tribute to her father.

      So, that’s done. And we all have our daily reminder about why we can’t tolerate this guy as the slimeball *president of our country…

      And, then Ted Lieu appears. Good old Ted. I just love this guy.

      “The best way to implement the below idea by @realDonaldTrump would be to elect Members of Congress this November who will execute their Constitutional duties of being a check and balance on the corruption of the Executive Branch. #SundayMorning Thoughts”

      https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/9/2/1792833/-Ted-Lieu-offers-KickAss-SundayMorning-Thoughts

  2. Anonymous September 2, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Donald the bloated pig running our country with his loud mouth. So tiring. Did we every have a president that had grace, charm, manner, and dignity? I am so numb of the mind by the orange beast that I almost can’t remember that before him we were great. Now we’re this ugly American syndrome happening all over again. All because white people wanted to go back to the fifties when they had systematically browbeaten all brown people to the gutter. Yeah, you remember those signs not allowing people of color into places. Now, in an age when we should be making leaps and bounds progress we are being catapulted back into the day when white men ruled and that was all that mattered.

    • abbafan September 2, 2018 at 1:40 pm

      Anon @ 1:22 P.M. – “Did we ever have a president that had grace, charm, manner, and dignity?”
      YES, President Obama!!

    • Anonymous September 2, 2018 at 2:01 pm

      I amm offended by your comment,not all white people want to go back to the 50s,only that 30% of trump supporters.

      • Anonymous September 2, 2018 at 2:39 pm

        2:01 PM – I was not offended, as I remember history and how it was in those days.
        “All because,” not “Because all.”

  3. Anonymous September 2, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Blah,blah blah little donnie can threaten until the cows come home,but reality is he can’t end NAFTA, only congress can.

    His threats would be more effective if he knew what he was talking about and he knows nothing about trade agreements or making deals.

  4. Anon September 2, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    OT-FYI “Blue Inferno”>”MS-13 took advantage of limited resources in the city of Mendota and used it and other areas of Fresno County to “conduct their crimes, to hide out from crimes that they committed in other jurisdictions and to prepare to commit crimes in states as far away as New York,” Fresno County District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp said at a news conference in Fresno with state and federal officials.” “”Operation Blue Inferno’s message: If you want to commit crimes in California, we will find you, especially if you want to terrorize our families and our communities, we will get you,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra”

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-attorney-ms-13-gang-terrorized-california-farm-180611361.html

  5. Anon September 2, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/09/trump-nafta-negotiations-toronto-star-reporter-denies-bloomberg-was-source-for-trumps-explosive-canada-quote.html

    “In the interview, Trump said that Canada “ultimately” has “no choice” but to seal a trade deal with the United States. “Off the record: totally on our terms. Totally,”
    “Dale said he had decided not to say anything about his source for the Trump quote, he decided to speak up Saturday. “I don’t want to be party to the president’s smearing of excellent, ethical journalists. So I can say this: none of the Bloomberg interviewers was my source,”

  6. Anonymous September 2, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    Remember, this is the guy where negotiations start when the contract is signed. How many businesses have gone bankrupt because he wouldn’t pay them?

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