The recent “G7” meeting of economic powers in Quebec (The United States, Japan, Germany, The United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Canada) were stirred-up a bit by President Trump and his intentions to basically fight fire with fire regarding all of the tariffs that are imposed against U.S. products. His goal is to insure fair trade and balance the playing field here once again.
This suggestion, of course, was met with a measure of disdain. Nobody wants to give up an advantage that they’ve grown accustomed to playing with.
At which time President Trump suggested everybody just remove all tariffs then and operate on a truly fair playing field. None of the G7 leaders were anxious to pursue that suggestion either.
According to Mark Moore of the New York Post, “Trump and Trudeau (The Prime Minister of Canada) are locked in a tiff over tariffs after the President last week said he would impose penalties on steel and aluminum imports.”
“The squabble escalated over the weekend at the G7 meeting of economic powers in Quebec when Trudeau said in a news conference that Canada would not be “pushed around” by the U.S. and called the tariffs ‘insulting.’”
Who here is just posturing and who here wants fair trade? We (The U.S.) have been “insulted” by Canada’s tariffs for many years. Who are you kidding Mr. Prime Minister?
The President later responded to Mr. Trudeau in a tweet, calling him “very dishonest & weak.”
Our friends to the north have chosen to blame America. Again, according to Mark Moore of the New York Post, “Canadians have taken to practicing pocketbook diplomacy in defense of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is caught in a trade war of words with President Trump, by boycotting American goods and canceling vacations to the United States.”
“Shoppers are shunning Kentucky bourbon, California wine and Florida oranges, and avoiding American companies like Starbucks, Walmart and McDonald’s, Canadian network CTV News reported on Wednesday.”
“On Twitter, hashtags like #BuyCanadian, #BoycottUSProducts and #BoycottUSA are spreading as outrage over Trump’s trade tariffs grows.”
“Vacationers said they would be staying up north this summer instead of booking trips to the US.”
One confused Canadian tweeter tweeted, “F–k you Trump. #F***Tariffs,” obviously unaware that it was President Trump that suggested doing away with tariffs altogether. I would also like to officially request that people refrain from using the “f” word in connection with my President. Thanks Robert De Niro, see what you started?
“And one Twitter user called on ‘Patriotic Americans’ to schedule vacations in Canada and increase their purchases of Canadian goods.” I’m sorry, but this tweet confuses me. I think I’ll just leave it at that.
In summary, I guess it’s okay to be patriotic regarding your country’s tariffs and products…, unless you’re an American, that is.
Donald Trump is right, as usual.
All tariffs should go.
That would be fair trade.
Otherwise, our current President is ready and willing to play the tariff game with you…, and you will lose.