Donald Trump has infuriated everyone with one of his idiotic decisions — to place tariffs on Canada, Mexico, and the EU. Trump recently announced this decision, and everyone from our allies to Republican Senators have been tearing him apart for it because it’s an obviously awful decision.
French President Emmanuel Macron has taken it upon himself to try and talk some sense into Trump later today, as Macron stated Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on European metals exports was actually illegal and a mistake that could truly damage relations between the countries on other issues.
This decision is not only unlawful but it is a mistake in many respects. Economic nationalism leads to war.”
Once again, America is humiliated, as other world leaders have to take the lead and are being forced to babysit our president.
Macron is not the only significant international voice speaking out against Trump’s ill-advised decision. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said:
Let me be clear: These tariffs are totally unacceptable. For 150 years, Canada has been America’s most steadfast ally.”
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland also voiced her disappointment after realizing that trying to convince Trump of a better way was pointless:
Canada considers it frankly absurd that we would in any way be considered to be a national security threat to the United States. I would like to absolutely assure Canadian participants, those who work in steel and aluminum industries, that the government is absolutely prepared to and will defend Canadian industries and Canadian jobs.”
EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, who tried to steer the Trump administration away from the new tariffs, said:
Today is a bad day for world trade. Throughout these talks, the U.S. has sought to use the threat of trade restrictions as leverage to obtain concessions from the EU. This is not the way we do business, and certainly not between longstanding partners, friends and allies.”
Trump just continues to get less popular every day. Hopefully, Macron will be able to save America from its own president.
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