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Canada rallies around Trudeau after Trump's insults

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We're a trading nation and just signed two more big deals with the EU and the Pacific Rim plus South America, so of course we're all elitists. That's why we can trade.

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Comedy gold: Canada's response: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6eVNBlk3YY

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Trump appears determined to upend the trade relationship

more slanted reporting, I will edit for you "Trump appears determined to "make" the trade relationship "equal""

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more slanted reporting, I will edit for you "Trump appears determined to "make" the trade relationship "equal""

Of course, the media can't say anything remotely positive otherwise it would undercut their credibility with their haters, got keep that hate fuel going, can't go fair or soft, real news is not important.

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Bullying, ranting and verbal abuse are signs of weakness, not strength.

This has NOTHING to do with trade. It has to do with Trump's massive inferiority complex.

Trudeau is younger, stronger, smarter, and better looking, and it was obvious to the entire world as they stood next to each other in that group photo. And it was painfully obvious to Trump. So he did what he does best: throw a temper tantrum.

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Trump's going after Canada because he perceives them as being a less powerful country. Russia has a trade surplus but Trump and his supporters know to keep their mouths shut and take it.

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The great part is that the USA will now throw away its trade surplus by increasing trade costs. Without a socialist safety net their people will suffer even more while we have our employment insurance. As for the Canadian aluminum industry, it's going to rake it in since the USA doesn't have a replacement

$$$Thanks! $$$

I think we should pronounce Aluminum how the rest of the world does it, just to add to the fun

Our politicians need to pass the CPTPP faster so that Japan and Canada can have open trade and maybe help resolve various business outlets in need ruined by Trump. Canadian butter without the US chemicals I'm sure would be appreciated

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Trumpets hate it when someone with an education shows up their master. Especially the grace of Trudeau who was a former substitute teacher. That's gotta be an extra burn

They will now face Canadian justice. Puns, sarcasm, dramatic irony. Also any Monty Python quotes we can muster.

It's going to be glorious, glorious

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The United States is Canada's single biggest trade partner, with two-way exchanges of goods and services totalling $673.9 billion in 2017, and Washington enjoys a $8.4 billion surplus.

Ok, let's make it fair for Canada and bring the trade deficit to zero then.

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Trudeau kicked some orange butt. The conservatives were quick to label him a young weak and inexperienced bleeding-heart politician who didn't have what it takes to stand up to Trump. Man did he prove them wrong!

Justin was the main force opposing Trump and my impression from the G7 summit was that the other world leaders were just getting his back while he was in the forefront facing down the orange ape. Not only has this man shown compassion to refugees, greeting them at the airport, and displayed refreshingly progressive views, but he has shown that he has more balls than ANYONE else on the world stage.

Go Canada! I envy you!

(I have to speed up my application process to Canada)

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Aly,

Please come on by! We allow multiple citizenship so you wouldn't be giving anything up only adding to your own and your family's security. I hear the IRS can still be a pain though on expats.

Be ready with a quip about being from the US, we unfortunately look down on Americans so I apologize in advance.

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bass4funk

Of course, the media can't say anything remotely positive otherwise it would undercut their credibility with their haters, got keep that hate fuel going, can't go fair or soft, real news is not important.

Seem to remember you saying that you hated Obama.... Hypocritical somewhat.

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But they were a Love, Love couple, Trump again causes a crisis at least this relationship doesn't involve a Porn star and $130,000. Even his wife now she has a green card seems distant.

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This is NOT how you treat your fellow politicians on the world internet stage.

Disagreements are one thing, publicly insulting one of your biggest trading partners is vile behavior and not something the leader of ANY country should be acting.

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sf2k

Aly,

> Please come on by! We allow multiple citizenship so you wouldn't be giving anything up only adding to your own and your family's security. I hear the IRS can still be a pain though on expats.

I know. Your country is the most progressive I have ever lived in. Most of my family is in Vancouver, by the way.

Be ready with a quip about being from the US, we unfortunately look down on Americans so I apologize in advance.

Well here's the good news: I'm not American! British and Syrian national.

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the media can't say anything remotely positive

It's correctly directly quoting all the players in Canada backing up our PM. If we, Canada, can't say anything remotely positive, you've got a serious problem. Do you understand? Do you even know what you've done?

What's positive about a president having a rage-tweet tantrum from the toilet of AirForceOne ?

You're so brainwashed we don't care about you anymore. Anyone else to trade with is preferable.

Japan, how are you? How about some quality dairy?

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The United States is Canada's single biggest trade partner, with two-way exchanges of goods and services totalling $673.9 billion in 2017, and Washington enjoys a $8.4 billion surplus.

So why the steel and aluminum tariffs? Seems like Trump should be praising Trudeau and Canada and asking other trading partners to achieve the same.

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I read the other day that some suspect this was a tactic to show Kim 'if I can kick around my allies, think of what I'll do to my enemies'.

Which may be a valid tactic, if it didn't destroy relations with your ally.

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Aly,

That's great! With family in Canada you're application should be easier, I hope. I don't know though as I'm Canadian so I don't know the hoops you have to follow. I know it's a points system and that's about it. BC would be fabulous just the rent in Vancouver is very high

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Here's another headline:

America vavors Canada to Trump's by over 2;1

Canada approva: 96%

Trump approval; 41%.

SOURCES: http://news.gallup.com/poll/228293/americans-canada-north-korea-least.aspx

http://news.gallup.com/poll/203207/trump-job-approval-weekly.aspx

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That's great! With family in Canada you're application should be easier, I hope. I don't know though as I'm Canadian so I don't know the hoops you have to follow. I know it's a points system and that's about it. BC would be fabulous just the rent in Vancouver is very high

Thanks so much for your support! We are aiming to get there within the next 3-4 years. I just hope that Canadians will continue to vote this wonderful man in office. Canadians are wonderful people. You deserve this great man to lead your country.

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So why the steel and aluminum tariffs? Seems like Trump should be praising Trudeau and Canada and asking other trading partners to achieve the same.

Must be someone on his staff that mentioned it or Faux News, it's too specific and nuanced for Trump to come up with it, just like anything else for that matter

Russia? Ruining NA trade would certainly destabilize the region but given the growing worldwide amity with Canada over Trump in the long run USA is the lesser for it. Doesn't matter to them, as long as the USA is diminished in some way.

This sets up Trump to join the Russia China group in response.

If that happens you know he's a "I'm not a puppet, you're a puppet" fully stringed puppet

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Trudeau is younger, stronger, smarter, and better looking, and it was obvious to the entire world as they stood next to each other in that group photo. And it was painfully obvious to Trump. So he did what he does best: throw a temper tantrum.

Add one more thing. Trudeau's knows his stunningly smart and beautiful wife adores him. Bet Trump can't say the same.

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Canada approva: 96%

Give it a week. roughly 40% of Americans are now ready for a trade war with Canada, and think their leader deserves a special place in hell.

Canada approval will probably be in the 50% range next week.

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They will now face Canadian justice. Puns, sarcasm, dramatic irony. Also any Monty Python quotes we can muster.

And if things get really tense, you could set up large speakers on the border and play Leonard Cohen and Neil Young songs at high volume. (Just kidding. I know Canadians aren't that cruel.)

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Aly

Awesome! If an upcoming BC referendum goes through, you'll also be joining a proportional representative provincial election system too! Quebec will also be putting one in, but based on party agreement not a referendum. I also have family out west but I might try Montreal if our new Ontario conservative leader starts being tyrannical.

Thus progressively putting an end to Conservative governments for all time in at least two provinces. Not that was a possibility for BC or Quebec, but it does improve voting representation and put pressure on the federal government to do the same.

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Back on topic please.

albaleo

And if things get really tense, you could set up large speakers on the border and play Leonard Cohen and Neil Young songs at high volume. (Just kidding. I know Canadians aren't that cruel.)

Haha! I nominate Cohen's "Dance me to the end of love", Tragically Hip's "Ahead by a century" and Nickleback's "How you Remind Me".

On repeat

Forever

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Bullying, ranting and verbal abuse are signs of weakness, not strength.

Really? What was that song again about The Spinners-"Backstabbers"

This has NOTHING to do with trade. It has to do with Trump's massive inferiority

It has EVERYTHING to do with trade and good on Trump for socking this guy in the eye.

complex.https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2018/03/15/im-canadian-but-trumps-got-a-point-about-unfair-trade/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.53151d0d1b36

Yet buried within Trump’s braggadocio is a kernel of truth. Canada, in some small but important ways, has indeed “outsmarted” the United States on trade, and it is not entirely irrational for Americans to be unsatisfied with the Canada side of the NAFTA status quo.

Trudeau is younger, stronger, smarter, and better looking,

And obviously, more naive.

and it was obvious to the entire world as they stood next to each other in that group photo. And it was painfully obvious to Trump. So he did what he does best: throw a temper tantrum.

Ok, so for the left, the most important thing is, which of the two is more GQ, Trump or the the Canadian PM with the weird socks. When the left talk like this, it just deeply worries me.

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I hope there is no war between the two nations. South Park showed us the folly of that.

We are all Canadian now. Along with Brazilians, some of the most friendly peoples of the Americas.

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It has EVERYTHING to do with trade and good on Trump for socking this guy in the eye.

We have a trade deficit with Russia.. Will any eyes be socked?

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In Trump World, everything is upside-down. Canada is America's enemy and Russia is America's friend.

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We are all Canadian now. Along with Brazilians, some of the most friendly peoples of the Americas.

What?

We have a trade deficit with Russia.. Will any eyes be socked?

Ours is bigger with Canada, you know the very people that keep SNL alive.

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i suspect stephen miller, aka Gríma Wormtongue, got in the the mad king's ear while aboard AF1. as he wasn't at the bilateral meeting, once it became apparent the kind of concessions Navarro, Kudlow & tRump were willing to make; Grima Miller slithered into action. hence tRump's schizophrenic tweeting which compelled the Canadian Prime Minister and Foreign Affair's Ministers measured but firm responses. → https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpWFnFvOQBQ

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Trump for socking this guy in the eye

Trump needs a golf cart and couldn't lift a boxing mitt while Trudeau went multiple rounds in a charity match

Maybe stop with the ad hominem attacks? It's not working

Maybe get back to numbers and words? Hmm those aren't working either

Trade is a two way street, and if you think it's one way no one is going to want to trade with you. That takes cooperation and humility

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In Canada,let them rally around Trudeau. Trump will have a larger rally and will win - for what is truly fair trade.

Wake up TPP and others! Take a look at your trade surpluses, accomplished with your cunning unfair trade practices.

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Do you think Trump's ire was really set off by the gift Trudeau's gift? At first he looked very happy with the historic family photo - the origins of the Trump empire, in Canada, but then the news reported that he was being punked, because everyone knows the photo was the business was a brothel.

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Canada rallies around Trudeau after Trump's insults

This headline is a joke. So Canada is only made up of a handful of business people and politicians?

But it triggers the lemmings

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Maybe stop with the ad hominem attacks? It's not working

But backstabbing is ok? Hmm....

Is that supposed to be meta? Maybe look up the phrase ad hominem first

What injustice is Trump "trying" to fix when you have an $8 billion surplus?

It doesn't matter. You are just here to keep the hate flowing.

Canada isn't following

It didn't work

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Trump's never gotten over "Canada burning the White House in 1812." (He probably would have prevented that single-handedly if it hadn't been for those darned bonespurs.)

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bass4funk

Ours is bigger with Canada, you know the very people that keep SNL alive.

Why don't you first read the figures issued by your own government. Canada is America's second largest trade partner which is amazing since the Canadian population of 36 million is less than your home state of California. Trading between the two countries in terms of land transport and shared language unlike the situation with China and Russia.

There's very little trade between America and Russia.

America/Russia trade

American exports to Russia $6.9 billion.

Russian imports to America $17 billion.

Deficit -$17 billion.

2017 America/Canada

Goods/Services $673 billion. Exports to Canada $341 billion. Canadian imports $332 billion. American trade surplus $8.4 billion.

Unlike America, Canada does not give government farm subsidies like America gives $40-$60 billion every year. An act of socialism I think?

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The United States is Canada's single biggest trade partner, with two-way exchanges of goods and services totalling $673.9 billion in 2017, and Washington enjoys a $8.4 billion surplus.

With a trade volume of such huge size, to have a fairly lowly $8.4 billion dollar surplus would should be seen about as closed to balanced as its going to get AND in America's favour.

Trump needs to pull his head in regarding Canada.

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So the rightwing conservative posters continue to deny or manipulate the trade figures in their effort to endorse what Trump misstated on the trade balance. Given that the American Canada trade is almost equal to the same amount traded with China, trade of $673 billion even if there was a deficit of $20 billion would be small compared to the American China deficit.

But the American government show an American surplus of $8.4 billion.

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Ours is bigger with Canada, you know the very people that keep SNL alive.

Sure, if you exclude services there is a trade deficit, but including services results in a trade surplus with Canada.

Canadian tariffs will mostly impact Trump backing states where there is a trade surplus with Canada.

Dumb Trump. But hey, his base is happy with the lies.

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Yet buried within Trump’s braggadocio is a kernel of truth. Canada, in some small but important ways, has indeed “outsmarted” the United States on trade, and it is not entirely irrational for Americans to be unsatisfied with the Canada side of the NAFTA status quo.

Just to be clear, the United States has a trade surplus with Canada and Canada has lower tariffs than the United States does.

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Canada charges too much for syrup! Trump needs to fix the maple syrup gap! /s

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This headline is a joke. So Canada is only made up of a handful of business people and politicians?

The government as a whole is standing up to Trump, and the people seem to be behind them.

http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/trump-tariff-tirade-has-mps-united-across-party-lines-urging-calm

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Yes, all politicians of all stripes are backing the Prime Minister and Canada. That's what real leaders are supposed to do when attacked by a foreign power

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What?

I can't make it any more clear, Mr bass. We support Canada.

Trudeau may well be Trump's latest obsession, now that he's chums with Kim but I don't think the rest of the world is buying the "back stabbing" narrative.

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I don't think the rest of the world is buying the "back stabbing" narrative.

I haven't seen anything from any paper in the world that buys it. I've even read a few articles by right-wingers in America who are fully supportive of Trump overall, but saying that Canada is not the enemy (they are saying China is). I'm sure you could find a bunch of articles supporting Trump's position on Canada, but I'd bet you'd be pretty hard pressed to find one that isn't a right-wing American source.

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The government as a whole is standing up to Trump, and the people seem to be behind them.

Nice link. Makes much more sense now.

By the way, Japantoday seems to be the only site to publish the ""Canada rallies around Trudeau after Trump's insults" by Jacques LEMIEUX AFP article, in the whole WWW. Seems strange, unless it was translated.

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Who knows. But the Canadian media is pretty much full of stories from the past couple of days, supporting Trudeau's response to Trump's lunacy, regardless of party.

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Jacques LEMIEUX AFP and Trump turns up all kinds of hits on Google

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Second cartoon reference today.

Like the South Park episode "Canada on Strike"

All we need now is for them to start calling each other "Buddy" and "Guy" and "Frwiend"......

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Jacques LEMIEUX AFP and Trump turns up all kinds of hits on Google

You're right. My mistake.

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It is strange how Trump seems to get along with Kim and Putin better than the allies (does Trump understand the meaning of "ally"?), and better than with lots of Republicans and Democrats (remember the kinds of things he said about his fellow Republicans during the debates?) The US guys at the office say that what Trump is doing makes them wonder that Putin has on Trump.

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It is strange how Trump seems to get along with Kim and Putin better than the allies (does Trump understand the meaning of "ally"?),

We never really had good relationships with those two countries, so being nuclear countries it would seem to make more sense to try to establish some sort of relationship and create a bond with these countries, allies will always be there, nothing to worry about.

and better than with lots of Republicans and Democrats (remember the kinds of things he said about his fellow Republicans during the debates?)

Both parties are equally useless, he was right on that, but the Democrats are complete distraction us and looking for a total failure in all of this. No one is surprised.

The US guys at the office say that what Trump is doing makes them wonder that Putin has on Trump.

Probably nothing, except his own stash of nukes.

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Sure, if you exclude services there is a trade deficit, but including services results in a trade surplus with Canada.

I am talking about the deficits, let’s focus on the problem, you guys are soundling like used car salesmen, looks great, but don’t look under the hood.

Canadian tariffs will mostly impact Trump backing states where there is a trade surplus with Canada.

There you go, all the more reason for Trump to level the playing field, which these people have complained about for years and years.

Dumb Trump. But hey, his base is happy with the lies.

No one is happy with media liberal lies, if they were, he would never have made it to the presidency.

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bass4funk

I am talking about the deficits,

oh! I see. Then you are not talking about Canada which is the topic of this post. We really don't mind if you man up and how do you say, grow a pair! And say, yes! My president is wrong about the Canadian trade deficit.

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oh! I see. Then you are not talking about Canada which is the topic of this post.

I did.

We really don't mind if you man up and how do you say, grow a pair!

Paid my dues a long time ago.

And say, yes! My president is wrong about the Canadian trade deficit.

No, he’s not. Not according to thousands of farmers in States like Wisconsin.

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bass4funk

No, he’s not. Not according to thousands of farmers in States like Wisconsin.

Those farmers don't have the figure then which I posted from your own American government agencies. So who's right, your government or your farmers?

Like The Office of the United States Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President.

https://ustr.gov/countries-regions/americas/canada

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