Trump, Trudeau, Tariffs and the War of 1812

Trump, Trudeau, Tariffs and the War of 1812

Trump, Trudeau, Tariffs and the War of 1812

“The UK Guardian” is reporting that President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a rather snippy phone conversation over the President’s invocation of national security as a justification for tariff’s on aluminum and steel imported from Canada.

Per “The Guardian”:

Trump’s justification for the new duties has provoked outrage from Canadians.

Trudeau said in an interview with NBC on Sunday: “One of the things that I have to admit I’m having a lot of trouble getting around is the idea that this entire thing is coming about because the president and the administration have decided that Canada and Canadian steel and aluminum is a national security threat to the United States.”

Naturally, Canada isn’t the only country with it’s tighty whitey’s in a wedgie. As “The Guardian” reported last week, the EU has whined to the World Trade Organization about tariff’s:

The European Union is pressing ahead with countermeasures in response to what it said was Donald Trump’s “pure protectionist” and “illegal” decision to impose trade tariffs on steel and aluminium.

The EU has opened a case at the World Trade Organisation after the US imposed a 25% duty on European steel and a 10% duty on European aluminium on Friday morning.

“We are not in a trade war, but we are in a very difficult situation caused by the United States,” said Cecilia Malmström, the EU trade commissioner. “I would not use the term ‘trade war’ because it has a psychological effect.” But she added: “The US is playing a dangerous game here.”

But, what has got Justin Trudeau and the liberal media red-faced and foaming at the mouth is the fact that President Donald Trump dropped in a reference to the British burning the White House in the War of 1812. Boy howdy did Trump get them all with that one. From “The Guardian”:

During a tetchy phone call last month to discuss looming steel and aluminum tariffs, Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, reportedly asked how Trump could justify the new duties on national security grounds.

In reply, Trump asked, according to CNN: “Didn’t you guys burn down the White House?” The White House did not respond to a request for comment and Canadian officials declined to comment on the record.

Bwa ha ha! When I read that I snorted Diet Coke out of my nose. But even more delicious was was the media reaction. For instance:

Okay, okay. Hold your horses there cowboy. Canada wasn’t British at the time of the War of 1812, but last time I looked Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain was Head of State for Canada. Right? The War of 1812 was 200 years ago and Canada did take in all those flights on September 11, 2001. They have fought and died beside us for the last century. Those are existential issues. If the Canadians hadn’t fought and died beside us, they wouldn’t exist and neither would we.

Prime Minister Trudeau is still wet behind the ears and neither he nor most people on the planet understand economics.

For our National Security, it is imperative that the United States have a thriving steel and aluminum industry. Because of unfair trade practices by countries such as China, Canada’s steel industry is in trouble, much as the U.S. industry is in trouble.

I am just a simple housewife in East Tennessee, but it would seem to me that Trump’s “trade war” with Canada, Mexico, the European Union, China and any other country with a thriving, competitive industry is an opening gambit. Why play the game the same old way. Why should we all let China heavily subsidize industries without punishing them. Why let someone, or another country, take a dump on us and say, “Thank you, sir. May I have another?”

It is uncomfortable and risky to try new things and new ideas. Tariffs were a way of financing Our Country until our elected representatives found that they could tax the work of the citizens of the United States and be besties with other countries.

Here is what I love best about Trump invoking the War of 1812. Justin Trudeau doesn’t think of himself as British. He thinks of himself as French (insert annoying French laugh). Trump gigged Trudeau and some of us got a good laugh out of it. Let the winning continue.

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