Government By Insanity.
The G7 meeting post mortem, produced the following from the President and supposed “diplomats” in our government.
White House Trade Advisor Peter Navarro: “There’s a special place in Hell for . . . weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau . . . the American press needs to do a much better job of what the Canadians are getting ready to do because it’s nothing short of an attack on our political system.”
Trump Economic Advisor Larry Kudlow: Appears on “Face the Nation” to repeatedly declare that Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau “betrayed” Trump in a “bad faith” effort to undermine Trump’s summit with the North Korean despot.
President Trump (on Twitter of course): “PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, “US Tariffs were kind of insulting” and he “will not be pushed around.” Very dishonest & weak.”
Now for the Canadian response (warning: adults in the room).
Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland: “In terms of the approach that governments choose to take, Canada does not believe that ad hominem attacks are a particularly appropriate or useful way to conduct our relations with other countries.”
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas chimed in: “In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 Twitter characters.”
From the French Office of the Presidency: “International co-operation cannot depend on being angry and on sound bites. Let’s be serious.”
It might also be helpful to review just what Trudeau said that caused Trump & sycophants to flip out with a tantrums that included refusing to sign a G7 joint statement that Trump had previously promised ALL the participants he would sign. Trudeau said:
“I highlighted, directly to the President, that Canadians did not take it lightly that the United States has moved forward with significant tariffs on our steel and aluminum industries. Particularly that it is not taken lightly that it’s based on a national security reason that for Canadians, either for themselves, or whose parents or community members, stood shoulder to shoulder with American soldiers in far off lands in conflicts from the First World War onwards. That is kind of insulting.
I highlighted that it was not helping in our renegotiation of NAFTA, and that it would be with regret, but it would be with absolute certainty and firmness, that we move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1st, applying equivalent tariffs to the ones the Americans have unjustly applied to us.
I have made it very clear to the President that it is not something we relish doing, but that it is something we absolutely will do. Canadians, we’re polite, we’re reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around.”
That’s what set off the President’s and White House staff incredibly hateful “special place in Hell” kind of stuff. Trudeau didn’t say anything new, he just summarized what he said to Trump and did so focusing on policy devoid of personal insults. Our snowflake President melted down and used it as an excuse to turn himself into a liar (yet again) by breaking his promise to sign the G7 joint letter.
Even more absurdly, Kudlow seemed to be setting up to blame the Canadian Prime Minister for any failure of the Trump summit meeting with “Supreme Leader” Kim Jong-un.
We are picking this bitter one-way name calling fight with Canada, Canada for Pete’s sake. Further, we are wrong on both the substance and in the means of choosing hate filled ad hominem attacks on our ally as the rhetoric in our wrongful cause. We speak more politely to, and about, our enemies than we do our closest friends. To treat friends as enemies is to make enemies of friends.
Our government is acting insanely. Unjustified tantrums like this are a national embarrassment and do not serve the people of this country. Rather, they serve the fragile ego of man whose dramatic emotionalism is increasingly isolating this nation from our closest allies. Continuing that process will cause grievous harm to this nation.
Making America wrong again is not making America great again. Government by insanity does not serve the interests of the American people.