June 1, 2018 10:17 am

Scott Thompson: Like Calgary weather, if you don’t like ‘The Donald,’ wait a minute

There's no clear motive for Donald Trump's stiff tariffs on close American allies. Jackson Proskow reports on what Trump may be trying to accomplish.


To some, it’s been comical to watch U.S. president Donald Trump bob and weave his way through the White House.

On any given day, there is no shortage of controversy and divisiveness. Unless of course unless you’re caught in the cross-hairs of his latest momentary muse or Tweet.

After months of reprieve, Trump has slapped tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, as he has done with other U.S. allies.

For some reason he has left out China which is where the majority of dumped product originates.

READ MORE: U.S. announces steel and aluminum tariffs, Canada hits back

He claims all of this is about national security, but experts say his shallow idea has NAFTA written all over it.

Trump wants this deal done, and Canada and Mexico have proven to be stronger opponents than first given credit for.

READ MORE: Donald Trump takes another swipe at Canada’s ‘trade barriers,’ treatment of U.S. farmers

Tariffs offer leverage.

In the end you’ll be hard pressed to find many experts in the world, including the U.S., who think this is a good idea. But it is a strong negotiating tool and The Donald is just like any other bull in a China shop.

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So don’t be surprised if, like his Nobel prize winning summit with North Korea, he may flip flop a few times before changing direction entirley.

Whether it’s world peace, Russian interference, the size of his crowds and button, or even porn stars, one minute it’s all fire and furry, the next it’s a golf game at Mar-a-Lago.

As they say in Calgary, if you don’t like a weather, wait a minute.

Scott Thompson is the host of The Scott Thompson Show on Global News Radio 900 CHML​.​

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