Sen. John McCain (R-AR) wanted to be president. Maybe that explains why he can’t seem to stop attack President Donald Trump, even when Trump is overseas negotiating on behalf of the United States.
McCain slammed Trump putting tariffs on goods from China and Canada, despite their unequal tariffs on us.
From Biz Pac Review:
Senator McCain tweeted during the G7 Summit: “To our allies: bipartisan majorities of Americans remain pro-free trade, pro-globalization and supportive of alliances based on 70 years of shared values. Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn’t.”
For the record, a senator does not make U.S. trade policy, nor does he speak for all Americans.
McCain was reacting to President Trump’s controversial announcement that the U.S. will impose tariffs on some imports from Canada and China to make up for the decades-long trade deficit with the two countries.
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese president Xi Jinping responded by imposing retaliatory tariffs.
Trump said the time had come to flip the script.
President Trump said it’s time to break the pattern of the United States being treated like “the piggy bank that everybody is robbing.” The U.S. has had lopsided, multi-lateral trade agreements in place for decades. Trump vowed to end that and make fair trade deals that are mutually beneficial.
“People can’t charge us 270% and we charge them nothing. That doesn’t work anymore,” Trump said (see video above). “We are like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing. And that ends.”
Whatever one thinks of that strategy it’s not McCain’s role to undercut the President’s policies right in the middle of negotiations overseas.
And this isn’t the first time that McCain has undercut Trump while he was overseas. When Trump was at an economic forum in Italy last year he did the same thing. And three months before that he also told The Guardian that leadership was better under Obama.
Plus, McCain seems to be missing a few facts in the negotiations. One of the reasons why when he doesn’t know what he’s talking about he shouldn’t be undermining what is going on.
Journalist Yossi Gestetner explained: “The U.S. should simply charge other countries what they charge the U.S. It’s not free trade what’s going now; it’s crazy trade. Trump offered a tariff-free G7. If tariffs on the U.S. is the same what the U.S. has on others, why didn’t Emmanuel Macron and Justin Trudeau welcome accept it? Because they know G7 countries have higher tariffs on the U.S. than what the U.S. has on them. They don’t want it to change.”
President Trump explained that the U.S. tariffs were a response to the 270% tariff Canada charges on U.S. dairy exports.
Trump tweeted: “PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, “US Tariffs were kind of insulting” and he “will not be pushed around.” Very dishonest and weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!”
Trudeau literally became “unglued.”
@davidd_dds @fordnation Justin must be hard 2 work with. Just listening 2 him is hard but look his left eye brow has lost its glue. @JustinTrudeau It’s a lot having a full time job isn’t it. Not as many naps or-story times. @OYLorg @liberal_party JT is falling apart, literally. pic.twitter.com/4wUWbjcIqm
— DDS (@davidd_dds) June 8, 2018
McCain after a lifetime in politics should know better. But he seems so consumed with Trump Derangement Syndrome, he doesn’t care if his words hurt our negotiating position and by extension, Americans.