National Newswatch

Trump, Republicans kill border tax plan that Trudeau strongly opposed

Jul 27 2017 — Daniel Dale — U.S. President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress have agreed to kill an import-tax proposal that was strongly opposed by the Canadian government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “While we have debated the pro-growth benefits of border adjustability, we appreciate that there are many unknowns associated with it and have decided to set this […]

Trump’s attacks on Sessions, Mueller raise concerns about ‘authoritarian’ tactics

Jul 25 2017 — Daniel Dale — On Monday morning, the president of the United States urged his attorney general to investigate his election opponent. It was a remarkable breach of democratic norms. It barely made news. Donald Trump has spent so long attacking the institutions and traditions underpinning America’s political system that some of his new attacks no longer receive widespread […]

Canada needs to let Trump ‘declare victory’ on NAFTA, ambassador to U.S. says

Jul 20 2017 — Daniel Dale — Canada needs to allow U.S. President Donald Trump to “declare victory” on the North American Free Trade Agreement, Canadian Ambassador David MacNaughton said Thursday. MacNaughton, taking questions alongside his Mexican counterpart at an event in Washington, said Canada is optimistic that the revised deal can be, as Vice-President Mike Pence said last week, a “win-win-win” […]

Republicans are building Trump an ‘idiot defence’ against impeachment. Here’s why it might work

Jun 13 2017 — Daniel Dale — U.S. President Donald Trump’s defenders would like you to know that he doesn’t know important things. They’re not saying he’s stupid. They’re saying he is somewhere between ill-informed and clueless. To hear some Republican members of Congress tell it, Trump did not attempt to obstruct justice in his Oval Office words to James Comey in […]

President Donald Trump attacks his own travel ban

Jun 5 2017 — Daniel Dale — The president of the United States is now attacking his own policy. In a perplexing series of Twitter comments before 7 a.m. on Monday, Donald Trump criticized his presidential order for a ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries – falsely claiming the Justice Department, not him, issued this revised policy. “The Justice Dept. should […]

Canada is ‘blameless’ for trade surplus, Trump trade official says, contradicting Trump

May 31 2017 — Daniel Dale — Canada is not to blame for its trade surplus with the United States, President Donald Trump’s commerce secretary said Wednesday — sounding distinctly different than Trump himself. Trump has repeatedly lambasted Canada over its trade practices, citing what he claims are “massive” Canadian trade surpluses as evidence that the North American Free Trade Agreement has […]

Trump’s explanation for firing Comey crumbles

May 11 2017 — Daniel Dale — A series of revelations has undercut Donald Trump’s implausible explanation for his firing of FBI Director James Comey, suggesting the president was more interested in ridding himself of the person investigating his campaign’s ties to Russia than standing up for government policy. The cascade of Wednesday media stories heightened the furor that threatens to derail […]