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Trudeau, Trump governments slam each other publicly for first time as NAFTA talks go off rails

Oct 17 2017 — Daniel Dale — The good vibes are gone. In the clearest public indication that talks over the North American Free Trade Agreement are going poorly, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland blasted the U.S. for the first time on Tuesday while U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer blasted Canada and Mexico. They were standing beside each other at an awkward […]

Trump lied about Obama in another wild news conference. Then he did something unexpected: Analysis

Oct 16 2017 — Daniel Dale — He took it back. Immediately. U.S. President Donald Trump told a lie about predecessor Barack Obama. Then something unusual happened. He took it back. Only partly, and without an apology or admission. Nonetheless, Trump’s de facto retraction was a rare acknowledgment of his own inaccuracy. Trump, holding an unscheduled press conference in the White House […]

Another Trump poison pill for NAFTA? Ottawa slams demand for 50% U.S. content in cars

Oct 13 2017 — Daniel Dale — The Trump administration has made another demand that could destroy NAFTA talks, this time unveiling a protectionist auto manufacturing proposal considered outlandish and unpalatable by Canada, Mexico, unions and car companies. The new U.S. proposal creates yet more pessimism about the chances for a successful renegotiation of the continental free trade pact. It is the […]

Donald Trump’s ‘outrageous’ demands put NAFTA negotiations at risk of collapse as talks resume Wednesday, experts say

Oct 10 2017 — Daniel Dale — U. S. President Donald Trump’s administration is making such unrealistic North American Free Trade Agreement demands that the negotiation is at risk of implosion, trade experts and the top American business lobby group are warning. As Canadian and Mexican negotiators join Trump’s team near Washington on Wednesday to begin a critical fourth round of talks, […]

Donald Trump defends paper towels in Puerto Rico, says Stephen Paddock was ‘probably smart’ in bizarre TV interview

Oct 8 2017 — Daniel Dale — U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out Saturday at the “fake” journalists who criticized him for throwing rolls of paper towel to Puerto Rican hurricane victims. The paper towels, he said, were beautiful. And soft. “They had these beautiful, soft towels. Very good towels,” Trump said in a conversation that aired on Christian television network Trinity […]

‘I’m anti-Muslim too’: Alabama Republicans align with anti-gay Islamophobe Roy Moore as party incumbents brace for Trumpian wave

Sep 27 2017 — Daniel Dale — The man very likely to be the next United States senator is so anti-gay that he thinks homosexuality should be made illegal, so anti-Muslim that he thinks believers should be banned from Congress, so hostile to the rule of law that he was twice kicked off Alabama’s Supreme Court for defying the rulings of other […]

Buy Canadian? Wynne threatens to retaliate if Trump imposes ‘Buy American’ policies

Sep 14 2017 — Daniel Dale — Premier Kathleen Wynne threatened to impose “similar” trade barriers in Ontario if the U.S. implements the “Buy American” policies favoured by President Donald Trump. In a Thursday interview in Washington, Wynne said she had told Trump Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross an hour earlier that “we will retaliate if necessary.” “We don’t want to do that, […]