Trump kinda sorta made new trade deal with Mexico yesterday while threatening Canada with tariffs on the cars that they don’t even manufacture.

By |2018-08-29T04:54:11+00:00August 28th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , , |29 Comments

I laughed so hard at this tweet yesterday that I almost could not catch my breath. 

What a buffoon!

Courtesy of Politico

The development, which happened after U.S. and Mexican trade officials met regularly for five weeks, could clear the way for Canada to return to the table to try to reach a final updated agreement in the coming days, according to three sources close to the negotiations. But Trump also warned that efforts to revamp the 24-year-old pact could result in two different agreements and threatened Canada with tariffs on automobiles if Ottawa didn’t agree to negotiate “fairly.”

“I think we’ll give them a chance to probably have a separate deal,” Trump said, referring to Canada. “We could have a separate deal, or we could put it into this deal.”

Though the announcement represents a bright spot in the trade war Trump has been waging with other countries around the globe, U.S. negotiators backed off on some of the president’s key demands, softening a proposal to end the pact after five years unless the countries agree to keep it going. Any final deal must also be approved by Congress before it takes effect.

Trump said the U.S. would reach an agreement with Canada “one way or the other.”

“It’ll either be a tariff on cars, or it’ll be a negotiated deal,” he said.

A mentioned in the tweet up above Canada does not make Canadian cars in their country for export to America. So essentially Trump is threatening to place tariffs on an imaginary product in order to pressure our long-time allies into agreeing to a trade deal much worse than the one already in place. 

Trump is calling this “deal” the United States-Mexico trade agreement because he thinks that the word “Nafta” has too many “bad connotations.”

As for Canada, they are taking a rather hard line with the toddler -in-chief. 

 A spokesman for Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said progress between the U.S. and Mexico is a “necessary requirement” for a new agreement.

“We will only sign a new NAFTA that is good for Canada and good for the middle class,” Freeland’s spokesman said in a statement. “Canada’s signature is required.”

If I were to facepalm any harder I would likely knock myself unconscious. 

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29 Comments

  1. Anonymous August 28, 2018 at 6:45 am
  2. Anonymous August 28, 2018 at 6:53 am

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    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/sovereign-wealth-fund-for-america-alaska-norway_us_5b83ffb7e4b0cd327dfe878e

    • HRC August 28, 2018 at 7:10 am

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  3. Anonymous August 28, 2018 at 6:56 am

    Canada does manufacture cars… They may not be Canadian companies, but they do produce quite a few cars.

    • Anonymous August 29, 2018 at 6:19 am

      What negotiations, he did all the talking and hung up. It probably wasn’t even the president of Mexico on the other end of the line, but one of his visa workers down at Mar Largo.

  4. Gryphen August 28, 2018 at 7:04 am

    Can’t believe I originally published this without the tweet at the top.

    That must have been confusing.

    • Anonymous August 28, 2018 at 7:26 am

      I meant what you knew!
      He HAS to be first stages dementia.

  5. Anon August 28, 2018 at 7:16 am

    When do*tard displays his ‘Straight Jacket’ stance you know he is dis·com·bob·u·lated.

    • Anonymous August 28, 2018 at 7:58 am

      Petulant toddler. The hissy fit over McCain’s death, “I am your favorite president EVER.”
      Please, someone, anyone, pull the plug.

  6. Anonymous August 28, 2018 at 7:33 am

    Trump doesn’t seem to realize his new trade deal isn’t a trade deal

    …The American president, however, desperate for a win and the completion of some kind of trade deal, made a series of claims that were largely incoherent.

    At one point yesterday, for example, Trump said, “This is one of the largest trade deals ever made. Maybe the largest trade deal ever made.” That’s absurd. It’s not really a trade deal – Mexico still expects Canada’s involvement in a trilateral agreement – and even if it were, it wouldn’t be anywhere close to the largest in history.

    The Trump administration isn’t even calling it a deal, choosing instead to describe it as a “preliminary agreement in principle.”

    The American president also claimed, twice, that he’ll “be terminating the existing [NAFTA} deal.” That’s wrong, too. In fact, the opposite is true: U.S. officials are still trying to renegotiate the terms of the existing NAFTA deal, even as their boss tells the world from the Oval Office that the trade agreement is being replaced with an incomplete deal Trump apparently doesn’t understand.

    Complicating matters, the idea that Trump can unilaterally “terminate” the international agreement, just because he says so, is highly dubious.

    …All of which suggests that the American president, while speaking on camera from the Oval Office, peddled nonsensical claims that he appeared to be making up as he went along.

    The Washington Post’s Catherine Rampell added, “In other words, it’s precisely the puffery we’ve come to expect from a president who doesn’t understand what his own administration is doing, or doesn’t care.”

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-doesnt-seem-realize-his-new-trade-deal-isnt-trade-deal

    Wall Street Journal: New Trump-Mexico trade deal ‘worse in many ways’ than NAFTA

    http://thehill.com/homenews/media/403928-wall-street-journal-new-trump-mexico-trade-deal-worse-in-many-ways-than-nafta

    Investigator reveals Trump’s billion-dollar Russian money laundering secret

    https://dworkinreport.com/2018/08/27/investigator-reveals-trumps-billion-dollar-russian-money-laundering-secret/

    Donald Trump is a small, petty man. He is a liar and a crook. And his legal problems are mounting.

    https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/donald-trumps-response-to-john-mccains-death-reminds-us-just-how-petty-and-small-he-is/amp

    The President Is a White-Nationalist Mob Boss—and His Base Doesn’t Care
    Diehard Trump supporters represent at most a quarter of the electorate, but dominate media discussions of the president’s standing. They shouldn’t.

    https://www.thenation.com/article/the-president-is-a-white-nationalist-mob-boss-and-his-base-doesnt-care/

    • Anon August 28, 2018 at 7:49 am

      https://www.amazon.com/House-Trump-Putin-Untold-Russian/dp/152474350X

      ~IT~ is a chilling story that begins in the 1970s, when Trump made his first splash in the booming, money-drenched world of New York real estate, and ends with Trump’s inauguration as president of the United States. That moment was the culmination of Vladimir Putin’s long mission to undermine Western democracy, a mission that he and his hand-selected group of oligarchs and Mafia kingpins had ensnared Trump in, starting more than twenty years ago with the massive bailout of a string of sensational Trump hotel and casino failures in Atlantic City.

  7. Anonymous in Chicago August 28, 2018 at 7:41 am

    He’s Moe, Larry & Curly all rolled-up into one stooge.

    No offense to the Three Stooges.

  8. Anonymous August 28, 2018 at 7:41 am

    Timing of Trump’s Mexico trade deal gives Democrats an advantage

    The fate of President Trump’s tentative trade deal with Mexico could rest in the hands of congressional Democrats.

    Because of statutory requirements under Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), Congress likely won’t be able to ratify the bilateral agreement until 2019, when Republicans could be in the minority following the November midterm elections.

    Even if Republicans hang on to their majority in the Senate, they will still need the help of Democrats to push through the trade agreement.

    http://thehill.com/policy/finance/403892-timing-of-trumps-mexico-trade-deal-gives-advantage-to-democrats

  9. anon August 28, 2018 at 7:42 am

    This is gas*lighting!
    “Will be addressed” is a threat to the first amendment. Trump always tells us who he is-this needs to be taken seriously.” “Trump thinks he knows how Google works. He doesn’t even know how to work a speakerphone.”
    ‘What other Google searches do you run every day when you first wake up?

    ▪”Flipped on Trump”
    ▪”Putin desires”
    ▪”Trump sex”
    ▪”Richest idiots”
    ▪”Melanie divorce”
    ▪”Mueller indictment”
    ▪”Special councel”
    ▪”SDNY Trump”
    ▪”Prisons with gold toilets”
    ▪?????????????????’

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/internet-mocks-trump-suggesting-google-illegally-rigged-search-results-deliver-bad-news/

  10. Anonymous August 28, 2018 at 7:52 am

    Trump rage-googles himself and reveals a frightening truth about the midterms

    Political Twitter is having fun this morning with President Trump’s latest conspiracy theory: Google is rigging its results, so when you search “Trump news,” only “Fake” news criticism of Trump pops up, while conservative media are getting suppressed!

    As the Week put it, Trump “is rage-googling himself, and he doesn’t like what he’s found.”

    Trump’s claim is, of course, absurd: As Daniel Dale pointed out, all it means is that when you google about Trump, you are likely to initially see stories from major news organizations that are legitimately reporting aggressively on Trump, rather than from conservative opinion sites that are putting out propaganda on his behalf.

    But while this might seem like typical Trumpian buffoonery, at its core is some deadly serious business. These attacks on the media — which are now spreading to extensive conspiracy-mongering about social media’s role in spreading information — form one part of an interlocking, two-piece Trumpian strategy (whether by instinct or design is unclear) that serves to underscore the urgency of this fall’s elections.

    Trump is unleashing endless lies and attacks directed at the mechanisms of accountability that actually are functioning right now — the media, law enforcement and special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation — to persuade his supporters not only that they shouldn’t believe anything they hear from these sources, but also to energize them and get them to vote, to protect him from those institutions’ alleged conspiracy against him.

    At the same time, that campaign of lies is designed to get Republican voters out for the purpose of keeping in place the mechanism of accountability that is not functioning right now — the GOP-led Congress — preventing a Democratic takeover of the House, which would impose genuine accountability.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/blogs/plum-line/wp/2018/08/28/trump-rage-googles-himself-and-reveals-a-frightening-truth-about-the-midterms

  11. Anon August 28, 2018 at 7:54 am

    Part of me feels bad to laugh at the debacle of difficulty setting up the phone call in front of a gaggle of press. Then, in the big picture it is beyond reason to have sought to create a huge moment for the substance of the phone call.

    I found this article from June 18th that simplifies multiple considerations of imposing tariffs: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-tariffs-auto-industry-20180618-story.html

    I am ever perplexed why the facts of low wage labor in other countries is not addressed that it was far more profitable to manufacture overseas items, parts to entire things. Company profits became more important than less profit and more American jobs. Why does no one ask Trump why TrumpOrganization has not built plants to provide jobs for Americans to “move back” business to the US. If manufacturing was truly booming than Trump would not need to lie about the steel injury. Wait, he lies habitually for power and pleasure of fooling people.

  12. Anonymous August 28, 2018 at 7:56 am

    Here’s why Trump can’t perform his job

    …This is what comes from electing someone emotionally and intellectually incapable of seeing beyond his own emotional needs or understanding the moral authority a normal president enjoys by fulfilling the role of head of state. Trump’s lack of decency, civility and respect for others’ accomplishments prompt him to attack Americans (especially minorities) who disagree with him; in turn, Trump’s conduct provokes honorable people to shun the president.

    …If he were not such a cruel, self-absorbed and amoral character, one might actually pity him. His frantic plea for attention in a week in which the nation is absorbed with praise for one of the few Republicans who refused to grovel before him must infuriate him.

    …Trump’s fatally flawed character, temperament and intellect cripple his ability to do the simple tasks every predecessor of his was able to perform. These irreparable shortcomings land him in one humiliating predicament after another — and perhaps ultimately in the arms of prosecutors. Having attained the highest office in the land, he remains the pathetic grasper from Queens with his nose pressed up against the establishment window. It must drive him insane.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/wp/2018/08/28/heres-why-trump-cant-perform-his-job

    • Anonymous August 28, 2018 at 8:08 am

      Like Palin before him. so absolutely in need of adoration with nothing inside to warrant it.

  13. Anonymous August 28, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Alaska elections officials report voting ‘irregularities’ in East Anchorage House District

    https://www.adn.com/politics/2018/08/27/alaska-elections-officials-report-voting-irregularities-in-east-anchorage-house-district-primary/

  14. Anonymous August 28, 2018 at 8:39 am
  15. Anonymous August 28, 2018 at 8:46 am
  16. Anonymous August 28, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Trump’s NAFTA boast is just his latest distraction tactic

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/28/opinions/trump-nafta-lucas-opinion-intl/index.html

  17. Caso August 28, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/mexico-slaps-back-trumps-claim-will-pay-wall-will-never-pay/

    ‘“We will NEVER pay for a wall, however. That has been absolutely clear from the very beginning.”’

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