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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 […]

‘Brutal’ Canada has ‘outsmarted our politicians for decades,’ Trump says

Mar 10 2018 — Daniel Dale — U.S. President Donald Trump took another shot at Canada’s trade practices Saturday, alleging that Canadian leaders have taken advantage of bumbling American politicians “for decades.” “Canada’s brutal. Canada’s really tough,” Trump said during a rambling speech on behalf of a Republican candidate, Rick Saccone, who is running in Tuesday’s hotly contested special House of Representatives […]

Trump says he’ll impose a 25 per cent steel tariff, which could ‘decimate’ Canada’s industry — if it applies

Mar 1 2018 — Daniel Dale — U.S. President Donald Trump says he is about to slap major tariffs on steel and aluminum from other countries, a move that could cause significant harm to Canadian industry, raise prices for U.S. consumers and prompt an economy-damaging round of international retaliation. The steel tariff will be 25 per cent, the aluminum tariff 10 per […]

After Trump’s endorsement, the NRA denounces the FBI, calls Democrats ‘saboteurs’ and says reporters ‘love mass shootings’

Feb 22 2018 — Daniel Dale — Emerging from their defensive crouch, officials from the National Rifle Association, America’s top gun-rights lobby group, went on the attack Thursday with a series of wild claims — accusing members of the media of being happy about mass shootings and the Democratic Party of being “infested” with America-hating “socialists” and “saboteurs” looking to seize control […]

Trump calls for ‘love’ and ‘kindness’ after Florida school massacre, proposes no specific actions

Feb 15 2018 — Daniel Dale — U.S. President Donald Trump called Thursday for “love” and “kindness” in response to the school shooting in Florida, generally saying he would “tackle the difficult issue of mental health” but proposing no specific action on mental illness, guns or anything else. “It is not enough to simply take actions that make us feel like we […]

Trump has a history of ignoring alleged violence against women — at least when the accused is a conservative white guy

Feb 9 2018 — Daniel Dale — When a Border Patrol agent died under mysterious circumstances in November, U.S. President Donald Trump did not wait for any evidence of homicide before he suggested the agent was murdered by illegal immigrants. When a gambling addict set a deadly fire at a Philippines casino in June, Trump did not wait for any evidence before […]

Oops: Trump’s latest tweet about Michael Flynn could strengthen Mueller’s case against president, experts say

Dec 2 2017 — Daniel Dale — U.S. President Donald Trump was trying to defend himself. He made things worse. Perhaps significantly worse. The day after his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his communications with Russia, Trump decided, against the advice of his aides, to discuss the subject on Twitter. The tweet was […]

The obvious truth behind Trump’s retweets: The president of the United States is an unapologetic anti-Muslim bigot

Nov 29 2017 — Daniel Dale — When he insults other minority groups, Donald Trump usually talks in a kind of thin code. Black people “have no jobs.” A politician who claims distant Native American ancestry is “Pocahontas.” Mexican immigrants are “bringing drugs” and “bringing crime.” His words offend members of the groups he is talking about. But there is some degree […]

Trump just called Elizabeth Warren ‘Pocahontas’ at an event honouring Native American war heroes

Nov 27 2017 — Daniel Dale — President Donald Trump has been denounced by Native American leaders for calling Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas.” He just did it again — at an event honouring Native American war heroes. Trump held a White House ceremony on Monday to celebrate Native American “code talkers,” who used their languages to transmit secret messages during the […]

U.S. automakers warn Trump’s ‘extreme’ demands threaten NAFTA talks, say deal fuelled their comeback

Nov 9 2017 — Daniel Dale — NAFTA has helped fuel the comeback of the big American automakers, and those three companies are “very concerned” that the renegotiation will collapse because of President Donald Trump’s “extreme” demands, a representative said Thursday. Matt Blunt, president of the American Automotive Policy Council, which represents the policy interests of General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler, […]