National Newswatch

U.S. will continue trade talks with Canada if deadline missed, Trump’s top negotiator says

Sep 25 2018 — Daniel Dale — The Trump administration will continue trade negotiations with Canada even if there is no deal by the U.S.-imposed deadline of this weekend, President Donald Trump’s top trade official said Tuesday. In a largely pessimistic public appearance, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Canada is “running out of time” to sign on to a trade deal […]

Bombshell leak to Toronto Star upends NAFTA talks: In secret ‘so insulting’ remarks, Trump says he isn’t compromising at all with Canada

Aug 31 2018 — Daniel Dale — High-stakes trade negotiations between Canada and the U.S. were dramatically upended on Friday morning by inflammatory secret remarks from President Donald Trump, after the remarks were obtained by the Toronto Star. In remarks Trump wanted to be “off the record,” Trump told Bloomberg News reporters on Thursday, according to a source, that he is not […]

Trump wants to split NAFTA negotiation, make separate deals with Canada and Mexico

Jun 5 2018 — Daniel Dale — U.S. President Donald Trump wants to “quickly” split NAFTA negotiations in two, holding separate rather than joint talks with Canada and Mexico and pursuing separate two-country deals rather than trying to update the three-country North American pact, Trump’s top economic adviser said Tuesday. Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, said the Trump administration […]

Trump’s fuel economy rollback leaves Trudeau in a bind: Follow the U.S., or take a stand

Apr 3 2018 — Daniel Dale — The auto industry wants Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to go along with U.S. President Donald Trump’s move to weaken fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks. Environmentalists want Trudeau to refuse, immediately, and join forces with liberal American states. The Trump administration’s decision to abandon the current Obama-era standards puts Trudeau in the position […]

Trump ousts Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, replaces him with CIA director Mike Pompeo

Mar 13 2018 — Daniel Dale — Trump announced the move in a Tuesday statement to the Washington Post, then in a tweet. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been ousted by President Donald Trump. Tillerson had repeatedly clashed with Trump. Tillerson reportedly thought Trump was ill-informed and irresponsible. Trump reportedly thought Tillerson was disloyal, ineffective and overly fond of traditionalist […]