JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: TRUMP AND TRUDEAU AND THE NAFTA TRADE TALKS – THE STRENGTH OF TRUMP’S IRRATIONAL APPROACH WHEN HE HEADS THE LARGEST ECONOMY   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN CBC NEWS

Trudeau says Canada will not be ‘bowled over’ by U.S. in NAFTA talks

 

I have no idea what Trudeau is trying to say.

He has been so ineffective in so many things, and, in general, when people brag or bluster about what they are going to do, it is unconvincing,

Trump blusters constantly – and the truth be told he has demonstrated himself a coward many times as well as frequently incompetent – but in this matter, he automatically commands a strong position, leader of the world’s most powerful economy, and it doesn’t take someone of exceptional abilities to prevail.

Indeed, his very unpleasant qualities of ignoring other people and what they say, of rudely making fun of them, and of being fixed and contented in a fairly rigid identity as hyper-patriot are here sources of strength for the American side.

Trump’s whole point in opening any of this up was to say America was getting cheated, and he wanted to grab back a good deal of the benefits he sees as taken from American workers through the treaty. It is a trailer-park, NASCAR, gun-meet gut level of argument, not a set of rational arguments.

I am not terribly hopeful.

Why I describe Trudeau as I do, despite his clear charms, you may see summarized succinctly here:

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2017/12/04/john-chuckman-comment-my-letter-to-justin-trudeau-canadas-prime-minister-what-a-disappointment-his-government-is/

 

 

Posted March 15, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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