Sigh . . .
We’re too polite in Canada to say what we really think of Donald Trump.
Besides, so many of our American sisters and brothers are speaking out — yet again — against their president after he dumped on our prime minister, Justin Trudeau.
It was clear before Trump showed up at the G7 summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, this past weekend that he didn’t really want to be there, and he left early — before the climate-change discussion.
Then, as much of the world knows, he criticized Trudeau afterward during his flight to Singapore aboard Air Force One.
So, what is the mood in Canada today after Trump’s outburst?
There’s a lot of shrugging going on across the nation, as in C’est la vie. We’ve come to expect that sort of behaviour from Trump, and some of us may be wondering why he waited so long to target us and alienate us.
But we also know that tomorrow or the day after he may profess his great love for Justin Trudeau and all Canadians. Or he might start planning to build a wall on our border.
You gotta know, though: Canada won’t pay for the wall.
I’m thinking the NAFTA deal might not get done, despite the fact negotiations are still underway. But even if negotiators come up with a deal acceptable to all sides, Trump is likely to torpedo it.
I’ve read reports today that there is no trade imbalance between the U.S. and Canada when you factor in services as well as goods, and that Trump is just plain wrong with his assertion the U.S. has been getting screwed by us.
I really don’t know all the details, but it seems to me that tariffs being imposed by both sides are a form of warfare, and may be a prelude to real missiles some day — if Trump stays in office.
Will the United States invade Canada?
Who would come to our aid?
OK, I don’t seriously think it would come to that.
But then again, with Donald Trump in command, anything is possible.