Trump blasts Canada's trade practices as 'Disgrace'
Thursday 20/April/2017 - 11:29 PM
Ever since Donald Trump was elected last fall، Canada's government has been clinging to a strategy of low-drama، under-the-radar conversations about trade that keep investors calm in the choppy waters of a NAFTA renegotiation.
The U.S. president has stopped co-operating.
Trump delivered his strongest-ever broadside at America's northern neighbour Thursday، piling atop his complaints earlier in the week about Canadian dairy and adding fresh gripes for good measure — this time about energy and lumber، according to Huffengton Post.
"We can't let Canada or anybody else take advantage and do what they did to our workers and to our farmers،" Trump said in the Oval Office. "Included in there is lumber، timber and energy. We're going to have to get to the negotiating table with Canada very، very quickly."
This is the same president who recently played down irritants with Canada — he said he just wanted to do a little trade tweaking. Suddenly، he's tweaking Canada's nose — twice in a week، with his second twist even more forceful than the first.
Canadians will soon learn whether it's just pre-negotiation bluster or a harbinger of hardball: Trump promised more details within a couple of weeks about his government's plans for the North American Free Trade Agreement، with discussions likely to start later this year.