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"There's A special place in hell" for leaders such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said on Fox News.

This, as President Donald Trump was about to sit down with the head of a totalitarian North Korean regime responsible for crimes against humanity.

What could account for such White House savagery against a historic U.S. ally? Trudeau had engaged in "bad-faith diplomacy," Navarro maintained. "He really kind of stabbed us in the back," Larry Kudlow, head of the National Economic Council, agreed on CNN.

How so? Trudeau said at a news conference at the end of a tense Group of Seven summit that U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum were "kind of insulting," because Trump cited national security to erect them. This is nothing all that different from what Trudeau had said before. It is also a mild reaction relative to the irrationality of the president's increasingly unmoored trade policy.

In fact, Canada has every right to be insulted that Trump would invoke national security in their trade dispute. Canada has stood with the United States in every modern war and crisis.

The United States maintains a largely free and fair trading relationship with Canada. On Trump's favorite measure, the trade balance, the United States maintains a small surplus with Canada.

Kudlow suggested that Trump might have been deploying extra bravado to demonstrate strength before his meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. In fact, he was demonstrating moral and strategic obtuseness. To alienate allies while fawning over dictators is not a sign of strength.

Editorial on 06/13/2018

Print Headline: Blame Canada

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  • BoudinMan
    June 13, 2018 at 8:11 a.m.

    Thanks for being intellectually honest--unlike many of your colleagues who contribute opinions to this paper. In other news, Dem. Caleb Frostman defeated state rep. Andre Jacque (R) for the open District 1 state house seat in Wisconsin. This was a district trump won by 17 points. This was also a special election that repug gov. Scott Walker refused to hold until he was sued and was forced to call it. This marks the 43rd state legislative that the Dems have flipped since trump took office.

  • condoleezza
    June 13, 2018 at 12:04 p.m.

    "To alienate allies while fawning over dictators is not a sign of strength." Correct.