Unable to engage in trade war with China - allegedly because he needs Beijing on his side as he tries to diffuse the North Korean situation - Trump has launched a trade war with Canada instead, and after announcing a 20% tariff on softwood lumber on Monday night, Trump followed up this morning with a tweet moments ago in which he lashed out at America's northern neighbor, saying "Canada has made business for our dairy farmers in Wisconsin and other border states very difficult. We will not stand for this. Watch!"
Canada has made business for our dairy farmers in Wisconsin and other border states very difficult. We will not stand for this. Watch!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2017
Or, as some summarized it far more simply nearly 20 years ago, "blame Canada."
The Tuesday tweet echoed comments Trump made last week, when he called the dairy issue a “disgrace,” and blamed it on NAFTA. “What they’ve done to our dairy farm workers is a disgrace. It’s a disgrace,” the president said last week. The criticism of the tax is the latest in Trump’s criticisms of free trade agreements, which he railed against on the campaign trail.
The milk had previously been duty-free until Canada put the import tax in place.
In a separate tweet, Trump took offense with the categorization of his shift on the wall with Mexico, where as reported overnight he said he was willing to wait for funding until September instead of pushing for initial funding ahead of Friday, tweeting "Don't let the fake media tell you that I have changed my position on the WALL. It will get built and help stop drugs, human trafficking etc."
Don't let the fake media tell you that I have changed my position on the WALL. It will get built and help stop drugs, human trafficking etc.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2017
Perhaps he is right, although if he can't get funding now, one wonders how he will be able to succeed in 5 months when relations between Republicans and Democrats will be even more on edge.