Well, the trade apocalypse didn’t happen despite all the bluster by Gerald Butts and Justin Trudeau, about how they’d rather not sign any trade deal than sign a “bad deal.”
Donald Trump said Canada had to join the US-Mexico deal by today, or be shut out. So they joined. They signed.
All the Trudeau journalists in Canada said Trump was bluffing, and Trudeau was tough enough and smart enough and cool enough not to be railroaded into a deal.
Trudeau was so in control, he literally refused to take a phone call from Donald Trump about the deal.
Not that we saw that reported here, but boy, was it reported in the U.S.. Trudeau’s media in Canada didn’t think it was newsworthy, but they had weird judgment.
They loved Chrystia Freeland’s antics — wearing weird t-shirts with messages on it; going to an anti-Trump rally in Toronto; giving anti-Trump speeches from Washington to Berlin.
Trump was irritable, and you could say he’s often irritable, but that’s not true. He lavishes praise on leaders who find a way to work with him to their mutual advantage.
How did we go from being best friends to this?
Well, it was all part of a master plan — “I meant to do that” as Peewee Herman would say. As late as yesterday, the CBC was still saying it was all brilliant and it was just 3-D chess.
Yeah, that’s the ticket. A former substitute drama teacher trust fund playboy has just out-negotiated a New York real estate billionaire and his team of professional trade negotiators.
Imagine believing that — or worse, imagine being a government journalist, and not believing it, but having to say it anyways. That’s what working at Trudeau’s CBC state broadcaster is like.
All that bluff and bravado — and in the end, Trudeau signed.
I’m relieved. I believe we dodged a bullet. I really thought Trudeau and Gerald Butts were so ideologically extreme, so disconnected from the real life of working men and women, and businesspeople, that they’d rather lose 160,000 jobs and gain a demon to campaign against — the Evil Trump — than get a deal.
But they blinked — at minutes to midnight.
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