Categories for Canada

31,331. 12/7/2019

CANADA/MEXICO/NANCY PELOSI/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/USMCA: “Hard to believe, but if Nancy Pelosi had put our great Trade Deal with Mexico and Canada, USMCA, up for a vote long ago, our economy would be even better. If she doesn’t move quickly, it will collapse!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 7, 2019 1:54 pm

31,171. 12/3/2019

CANADA/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: President @realDonaldTrump just met with Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau of Canada. https://t.co/OqglFETMSE

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 3, 2019 12:45 pm

31,101. 11/30/2019

CANADA/MEXICO/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @TeamTrump: One year ago today, President @realDonaldTrump signed the #USMCA with Canada and Mexico. It now sits on Nancy Pelosi’s desk…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 30, 2019 6:48 pm

29,758. 10/21/2019

CANADA/ELECTION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Congratulations to @JustinTrudeau on a wonderful and hard fought victory. Canada is well served. I look forward to working with you toward the betterment of both of our countries!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 21, 2019 11:33 pm

29,757. 10/21/2019

CANADA/ELECTION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Congratulations to @JustinTrudeau on a wonderful and hard fought victory. Canada is well served. I look forward to working with you toward the betterment of both of our countries!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 21, 2019 11:33 pm

27,426. 8/14/2019

CANADA/DONALD JR/SECRET SERVICE/TRUMP FAMILY: “Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, flew to Canada for one of his regular visits to the Yukon mountains to hunt stone sheep with friends. He was accompanied by Secret Service agents on that August 2017 trip, just as he had been since his father was sworn in as president six months earlier. The Secret Service frequented several Vancouver hotels: Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel, Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront and Lakeview Inn and Suites. But it spent the most money at the president’s hotel, the Trump International Hotel and Tower Vancouver, according to documents obtained by POLITICO. The Secret Service is required to protect the president’s children, but the tendency of Trump and his family to funnel funds to their own properties has complicated what had been a routine practice. Critics say the Trumps are using the presidency to boost the president’s businesses by forcing the federal government to spend taxpayer money at Trump properties. Congress hasn’t launched a formal investigation into federal spending at Trump properties, but some House Democrats are eyeing it as a future area for congressional examination.”

Anita Kumar, “Why the Secret Service spent thousands at a Trump hotel,” Politico, August 14, 2019 5:22 am

27,061. 7/31/2019

CANADA/DRUGS/FDA/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration said on Wednesday [7-31-19] that it was taking steps to make it easier to import less expensive prescription drugs from other countries, particularly Canada. The move has long been supported by progressives but has encountered fierce opposition from the pharmaceutical industry. The proposal would permit pilot programs developed by states, pharmacies or drug distributors that sought to safely import prescription medications from Canada. The Food and Drug Administration also planned to advise manufacturers on how they could import high-priced drugs like insulin that are sold more cheaply in other countries…The rising price of prescription drugs has been a popular topic at the Democratic presidential debates, and the timing of the administration’s announcement fell in the middle of the Tuesday-Wednesday schedule of this month’s debates for the Democratic candidates.”

Katie Thomas, “Trump Administration Weighs Allowing Drug Imports for Cheaper Prescriptions,” The New York Times online, July 31, 2019

27,057. 7/31/2019

CANADA/DRUGS/HHS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration took a step Wednesday [7-31-19] toward allowing importation of medicines from Canada, an action the president has advocated as a way to bring cheaper prescription drugs to Americans, but the pharmaceutical industry was quick to resist the move. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said it and the Food and Drug Administration will propose a rule that will allow it to authorize states and other groups to pursue pilot projects related to importing drugs from Canada. The agency also said it would allow drugmakers to bring drugs that they sell more cheaply in foreign countries into the United States for sale here, an option the companies are unlikely to embrace. Capital Alpha analyst Rob Smith, in a research note, questioned why manufacturers would voluntarily lower prices in the United States to match those in Canadian or any other foreign country.”

Michael Erman, “Trump firms up plan to import medicines; pharma companies resist,” Reuters, July 31, 2019 5:41 am

26,482. 7/11/2019

CANADA/JOBS/MEXICO/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @PAChamber: Trade with Canada and Mexico supports more than 12 million American jobs in every state in the Union. In fact, 49 U.S. state…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 11, 2019 10:26 pm

26,051. 6/26/2019

AUTO INDUSTRY/CANADA/CLIMATE CHANGE/ENVIRONMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Canada has signaled a willingness to buck one of President Trump’s most significant environmental rollbacks — a major weakening of auto pollution standards — by signing a clean-car deal with California, the state leading the fight against the rollback. Wednesday’s [6-26-19] Agreement, which pledges to advance the use of clean and electric cars, lacks binding specifics. Nevertheless, Canada’s decision to publicly align itself with California and its climate-change policies inserts the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau into a high-profile battle being waged over Mr. Trump’s weakening of rules designed to combat climate change…Traditionally, Canada has aligned its auto emissions standards with federal rules in the United States. However, several analysts said they saw Wednesday’s announcement as a clear step toward a more concrete shift in which Canada could potentially switch to the environmentally stricter standards of California and other states. Such a move could undercut Mr. Trump’s efforts to weaken environmental policy by creating a much larger market for cleaner cars, thereby making it more economically viable for auto manufacturers to build cars to the higher standards.”

Coral Davenport, “Canada Signals a Willingness to Challenge Trump on His Clean-Car Rollback,” The New York Times online, June 26, 2019

25,906. 6/20/2019

CANADA/FOREIGN POLICY/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Canada’s prime minister left a meeting in the Oval Office Thursday [6-20-19] with a mixed political blessing: A proclamation of friendship from President Donald Trump. Justin Trudeau doesn’t want to be seen as chummy with Trump, since Trudeau’s liberal base back home despises him. But the reality is Canada — and Trudeau in his reelection efforts — need Trump on a wide range of trade and foreign policy issues. Trump has already come through for Trudeau in lifting steel tariffs, and he’s helping Canada when it comes to dealing with China, which has battered Canada in myriad ways — arresting its citizens, blocking its imports, and freezing out Canadian leaders from any facetime. Trump has also promised to take up Canada’s concerns with Chinese President Xi Jinping when they meet next week at the G20 in Japan. And instead of rage-tweeting at Trudeau, which Trump did after visiting Canada a year ago, on Thursday following their meeting Trump instantly tweeted a flattering video, accompanied by an orchestral soundtrack.”

Alexander Panetta, “Canadians may not like Trump, but they really need his help,” Politico, June 20, 2019 6:06 pm

25,896. 6/20/2019

CANADA/FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “It was my great honor to host Canadian Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau at the @WhiteHouse today!🇺🇸🇨🇦 https://t.co/orlejZ9FFs 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 20, 2019 12:49 pm

25,422. 6/4/2019

CANADA/MEXICO/TARIFFS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “It was a jubilant day for North America. At least, it looked that way to leaders in Mexico City and Ottawa. Steel tariffs had just been lifted across the continent. Relieved Canadians had responded by introducing a bill to implement USMCA, the Trump administration’s signature trade deal, and Mexico had just followed suit on Thursday [5-30-19]. Vice President Mike Pence was in Ottawa to celebrate the progress and cheer on America’s neighbors. Within hours, the moment of continental comity blew up with two tweets from President Donald Trump. Trump’s sudden declaration of new tariffs on Mexico last Thursday evening delivered immediate whiplash, a jolt for two countries that had — for a moment — thought they might be coming off the Trump roller coaster…Officials in Mexico and Canada in recent days kicked into gear with playbooks they’ve each used repeatedly in navigating a fractious relationship with Trump over the past two years. They’re deploying lessons other nations have come to learn as well: stay calm, speak the American president’s language and find Trump-friendly voices who can lean on him to deescalate the tensions.”

Sabrina Rodriuez and Alexander Panetta, “Trump’s trade war gobsmacks Mexico and Canada,” Politico, June 4, 2019 10:10 pm

25,190. 5/22/2019

CANADA/CONGRESS/MEXICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @ChuckGrassley: Thx to Pres Trump/Amb Lighthizer & Canada/Mexico for working to get to this pt Now it’s time for Congress to do its job…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, May 22, 2019 5:41 am

25,173. 5/21/2019

CAMPAIGN FINANCE/CANADA/ELECTION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “A campaign finance watchdog group filed a complaint on Tuesday [5-21-19] against a Canadian billionaire alleging that he violated a federal ban on contributions by foreigners when his United States-based company donated $1.75 million last year to a political committee supporting President Trump’s agenda. The complaint was filed by the watchdog group, the Campaign Legal Center, with the Federal Election Commission against Barry Zekelman, the chief executive of Zekelman Industries, North America’s largest steel tube manufacturer. Mr. Zekelman has pushed the Trump administration to take steps that help block the import to the United States of steel tube made by his competitors. Mr. Zekelman, whose efforts to influence federal policy on steel tariffs was detailed in a story in The New York Times, was invited to a dinner with Mr. Trump at the Trump International Hotel in April 2018, after the first contribution to the Trump-affiliated committee, America First Action Super PAC, for $1 million. Two more contributions — first for an additional $250,000 and then $500,000 more — followed during 2018, making Zekelman Industries one of the single biggest contributors to Mr. Trump’s political causes.”

Eric Lipton, “Watchdog Group Files Complaint Over Donation to Trump Super PAC by Canadian Billionaire’s Company,” The New York Times online, May 21, 2019

25,135. 5/20/2019

BUSINESS/CANADA/LOBBYING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Barry Zekelman, a Canadian billionaire whose business is mostly in the United States, is not a guy who likes to lose — or go slow. On days off, he likes to race his Ferrari 488 sports cars. Or he might climb aboard his Gulfstream IV jet to fly to the Bahamas to visit his 121-foot superyacht, which he named ‘Man of Steel’ in a nod to his role as chief executive of Zekelman Industries, North America’s largest steel-tube manufacturer. So when Mr. Zekelman saw a chance to address his greatest frustration — a flood of cheap steel tube imports into the United States that was undermining sales at his family-owned, Chicago-based company — he went all out to win in another intensely competitive arena: influencing policy in Washington. He called on well-placed connections, including a lawyer who had done work for him and had gone on to a senior position helping oversee trade policy in the Trump administration. He put his Washington-based lobbyist into action, and his company took a high-profile role with a trade group that was backing his cause. He funded his own advertising campaign to build public support for his efforts to protect makers of steel tube in the United States.”

Eric Lipton, “He’s One of the Biggest Backers of Trump’s Push to Protect American Steel. And He’s Canadian.,” The New York Times online, May 20, 2019

25,059. 5/17/2019

CANADA/MEXICO/TARIFFS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration reached an agreement with Canada and Mexico to lift tariffs on metal imports, resolving a yearlong standoff that inflamed North Atlantic tensions and complicated efforts to ratify a revised trade deal…As part of the agreement, both Mexico and Canada agreed to lift retaliatory tariffs on American products. Instead of tariffs, the nations would set up a system for monitoring and enforcement in case of import surges into the United States. In a statement on Friday [5-17-19] afternoon, the United States trade representative said that the metal tariffs would be removed and that both Mexico and Canada ‘had agreed on the removal of all retaliatory tariffs imposed on American goods by those countries.’ The Mexican government also said that it had reached an agreement with the United States to lift the steel and aluminum tariffs. In a statement issued by the office of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the government said that there would be no quotas.”

Ana Swanson and Dan Bilefsky, “United States Reaches Deal to Lift Metal Tariffs on Canada and Mexico,” The New York Times online, May 17, 2019

25,054. 5/17/2019

CANADA/CHINA/EU/MEXICO/TARIFFS/TRADE WAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump agreed on Friday [5-17-19] to lift tariffs on metal imports from Mexico and Canada, removing a major irritant for two important allies that in exchange agreed to stop punishing American farmers with their own taxes on pork, cheese and milk. At the same time, Mr. Trump postponed a decision on whether to impose tariffs on automobiles imported from Europe, Japan and other countries for six months, setting a tight deadline for the United States to reach trade deals that have so far proved elusive. Together, the actions remove the threat of an all-encompassing global trade war and allow Mr. Trump to focus on pushing China to agree to the United States’ trade terms, as well as pressuring Europe and Japan to reach a trade deal before the 2020 election. His trade war has hurt many of the farmers who make up his political base, and he is eager to make good on a 2016 campaign promise to rewrite trade deals in America’s favor…The United States trade representative said in a statement that the metal tariffs would be removed and both Mexico and Canada ‘had agreed on the removal of all retaliatory tariffs imposed on American goods by those countries.’”

Ana Swanson, “Trump Lifts Metal Tariffs and Delays Auto Levies, Limiting Global Trade Fight,” The New York Times online, May 17, 2019

24,993. 5/14/2019

CANADA/MEXICO/TARIFFS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley suggested today that U.S. and Canadian officials could be nearing a deal to lift the tariffs President Donald Trump imposed on steel and aluminum imports. Grassley, in a call with reporters, said he’s hopeful U.S. and Canadian officials are working to conclude negotiations ‘based on the fact that it seems to me … that they’re talking’…The Trump administration has met with Canadian and Mexican officials on and off for almost a year in an effort to remove the tariffs and replace them with quotas. However, both countries have pushed back against the Trump administration’s insistence on quotas, and it remains unclear what a deal to lift the tariffs would look like for the North American trading partners. Removing the duties, which Trump imposed on national security grounds, would clear a major hurdle in the effort to ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement in all three countries. Grassley has repeatedly called for the Trump administration to lift the tariffs, going so far as to say the USMCA is dead if the duties are not removed.”

Sabrina Rodriguez, “Grassley says U.S., Canada could soon resolve steel tariffs,” Politico, May 14, 2019 10:56 am

24,560. 5/2/2019

CANADA/ELECTION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau agonized over what might seem like an inconsequential detail before his first meeting with President Donald Trump: how to shake hands. During a February 2017 flight to Washington to meet the president, Trudeau was fixated with being viewed as standing his ground without antagonizing Trump. So the prime minister spent part of the flight practicing his handshake with senior aides. The combination shoulder grip-handshake he settled on didn’t just avoid the cringe-inducing exchange Japan’s Shinzo Abe endured a few days earlier. It also offered a snapshot of Trudeau’s approach to Trump: to seek contrast, not confrontation, and to be viewed as standing his ground, politely, with a dominant alpha male American leader. Now Trudeau will test his relationship with Trump as he launches an unexpectedly difficult Canadian reelection campaign.”

Alexander Panetta, “Trudeau’s reelection bid faces the Trump test,” Politico, May 2, 2019 5:03 am

21,263. 12/14/2018

CANADA/CHINA/SANCTIONS/TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Canada’s foreign minister warned top Trump administration officials on Friday [12-14-18] not to politicize the pending extradition of Chinese technology executive Meng Wanzhou. ‘Canada understands the rule of law and extradition ought not ever to be politicized or used as tools to resolve other issues,’ Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s foreign affairs minister, told reporters after a closed-door meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Freeland was alluding to President Donald Trump’s suggestion earlier this week that he might intervene in Meng’s case if it would help resolve the bitter trade war between the U.S. and China. Canada arrested Meng based on an extradition request from the Trump administration. The Department of Justice has accused her of secretly selling equipment to Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions.”

Deirdre Shesgreen, “Canada to Trump administration: Don’t play politics with Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou extradition case,” USA Today, December 14, 2018 4:41 pm

21,203. 12/12/2018

CANADA/CHINA/TECHNOLOGY/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Top law enforcement officials on Wednesday [12-12-18] pushed back on comments from President Donald Trump suggesting the prosecution of a Chinese telecommunications executive could be used as leverage in trade negotiations…Demers said Wednesday that if Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is extradited from Canada, as the US has requested, ‘our criminal case will continue,’ he said. He declined to comment further on the case. In an interview with Reuters Tuesday, Trump said he would intervene in the case against Meng if it proved beneficial in securing a trade deal that has splintered relations between the two countries in recent months…The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony Wednesday from Demers and other top counterintelligence and cybersecurity officials on Chinese espionage threats.”

David Shortell, “Law enforcement officials rebuff Trump over prosecution of Chinese executive,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, December 12, 2018 9:00 pm

21,198. 12/12/2018

CANADA/CHINA/ECONOMY/TECHNOLOGY/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “When President Trump said in an interview this week that he was willing to intercede in the case of a Chinese telecom executive facing extradition to the United States if it helped achieve ‘the largest trade deal ever made,’ it was a clear signal that his White House saw no problem intervening in the justice system to achieve what it considered economic gain. A range of experts agreed on Wednesday [12-12-18] that the president had the legal authority to order the government to rescind the extradition request for the executive, Meng Wanzhou, or even drop the charges against her. But they could not point to another instance of a president injecting himself into a criminal proceeding in a similar way…Ms. Meng, the chief financial officer of the telecommunications giant Huawei, was arrested last week by Canadian authorities at the request of the American government on suspicion of fraud related to Iranian sanctions. Mr. Trump said in an interview with Reuters that ‘I would certainly intervene if I thought it was necessary’ for a trade deal.”

Michael Tackett and Charlie Savage, “Trump’s Intervention in Huawei Case Would Be Legal, but Bad Precedent, Experts Say,” The New York Times online, December 12, 2018

21,175. 12/12/2018

CANADA/CHINA/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Canada issued a stern warning to President Donald Trump on Wednesday [12-12-18]: don’t use the arrest of a Chinese executive as a bargaining chip in trade talks. “Our extradition partners should not seek to politicize the extradition process or use it for ends other than the pursuit of justice,” Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said at a press conference discussing the US request for extradition of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou. Freeland’s remarks come after Trump said in an interview Tuesday that he might intervene in the legal saga if it would help the United States and China reach a trade deal…His comments, which were published shortly after Meng was granted bail by a judge in Vancouver, were highly unusual for an American President, and contradicted assertions by senior officials in his administration that the December 1 arrest, part of a long-running investigation, should not be tied to Trump’s dinner that same day with Chinese President Xi Jinping.”

Julia Horowitz, “Canada warns Trump administration against politicizing Chinese executive’s arrest,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, December 12, 2018 6:34 am

21,021. 12/6/2018

CANADA/CONGRESS/MEXICO/NAFTA/TARIFFS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump just celebrated the signing of a new North American trade pact with Canada and Mexico, but he faces a huge roadblock in Congress over U.S. tariffs that are still in place on steel and aluminum imports from the two U.S. neighbors. The two nations are still working to negotiate a deal with the Trump administration so that they can be exempt from the duties. In the meantime, American industries will continue to be hurt by Mexico and Canada’s retaliatory duties on more than $15 billion worth of U.S. goods…Trump has stepped up his pressure on getting the new agreement turned into law after he told reporters on Saturday that he would formally notify Congress of his intention to withdraw from NAFTA in six months. Such a move could force lawmakers to act on the new deal, which is already expected to face a fiery debate from lawmakers over concerns about certain provisions related to labor and LGBTQ rights. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have publicly criticized the administration’s continued tariffs on the two U.S. allies, arguing the detrimental effects both the duties and retaliatory tariffs have on U.S. manufacturers, consumers and workers.”

Sabrina Rodriguez, “Trump’s new NAFTA has hard fight in Congress while steel tariffs remain,” Politico, December 6, 2018 5:11 am