— POLITICO (@politico) August 27, 2018
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.