by Countable | 2.13.17
It’s difficult to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in this country and to break through the clutter, so we’re here to make it easier. Here’s what we at Countable are reading today:
"the first time Monday with President Trump, attempting to bridge gaps in style and strategy between the two leaders. Few issues are as high on a Canadian leader’s agenda as the country’s ties with the United States, a warm relationship that was reflected in Mr. Trudeau’s unusually close relationship with former President Barack Obama."
"Many of Mr. Trump’s policies, particularly his protectionist stance on trade, are chilling for Canada, which counts on trade with the United States for about 25 percent of its gross domestic product. A statement issued after the two leaders met suggested that Mr. Trudeau had largely succeeded in achieving his goals."
Read more at the New York Times.
"House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is calling for President Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, to be fired immediately. “Michael Flynn's conduct was alarming enough before his secret communications with the Russians were exposed," Pelosi said in a statement released Monday. “Now, we have a National Security Advisor who cannot be trusted not to put Putin before America.””
"Pelosi's comments come after reports that Flynn talked about sanctions against Russia with the country's ambassador before Trump was sworn in. The report, which cites current and former U.S. officials, contradicts Flynn's earlier comments that he never discussed the topic with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during a series of phone calls the month before Trump took office."
Read more at The Hill.
"Donald Trump repeatedly pledged to take an aggressive stance against North Korea on the campaign trail, but nearly a month into his presidency, he may cede control of the issue to China."
"Pyongyang claimed it successfully test-fired a medium-to-long-range ballistic missile on Sunday. Called the Pukguksong-2, the weapon was powered by solid fuel and capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, according to North Korean state media. In response, Washington, Tokyo and Seoul have requested an urgent United Nations Security Council meeting on Monday."
Read more at CNBC.
"In a scathing indictment of Pakistan’s treatment of Afghan refugees, a human rights group charged Monday that the country is forcing hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees back to their homeland, which is still beset by war and crushing poverty."
"It also said that a $400 stipend the United Nations refugee agency gives to refugees who return to Afghanistan is tantamount to a bribe to convince reluctant Afghans to leave Pakistan. “The exodus amounts to the world’s largest unlawful mass forced return of refugees in recent times," the Human Rights Watch report says. Both the U.N. and Pakistan denied the allegations.”
Read more at the Washington Post.
"Mexico is one of the top buyers of American corn in the world today. And Mexican senator Armando Rios Piter, who leads a congressional committee on foreign relations, says he will introduce a bill this week where Mexico will buy corn from Brazil and Argentina instead of the United States. It's one of the first signs of potential concrete action from Mexico in response to President Trump's threats against the country."
"American corn goes into a lot of the country's food. In Mexico City, from fine dining restaurants to taco stands on the street, corn-based favorites like tacos can be found everywhere. America is also the world's largest producer and exporter of corn. American corn shipments to Mexico have catapulted since NAFTA, a free trade deal signed between Mexico, America and Canada."
Read more at CNN Money.
— Erin Wright
(Photo Credit: US Embassy Canada via Flickr / Creative Commons)
Written by Countable
Canada is what the U.S. should be in that they welcome diversity and religious freedom. Mexico cannot be blamed for looking to other countries to buy corn from. This administration has repeatedly insulted Mexico by demanding a wall be built with their money for our protection. The current administration is alienating all important allies. It is tragic and uncertain if we can ever recover these important relationships. General Flynn is guilty and hasn't denied the calls to Russia. If confirmed that he talked to Russia about sanctions as a civilian, this would be considered illegal and a threat to national security. He should be fired and during investigation should have his security clearance denied.
The President has no interest in cause-and-effect situations. He insulted, degraded, bullied, and punished Mexico, even expecting it to pay for a wall that was born in his feverish mind, and now he'll certainly be outraged to learn that Mexico plans to retaliate by not doing business with the beleaguered American farmer. Cause and effect, Trump style!
What would it take to make a trade with Canada - their president for ours?
How pathetically stupid that the corn belt of our country voted for Trump, apparently not realizing how much they benefitted from NAFTA. I hope they enjoy the poverty they asked for when they filled out their ballots.
Mexico has every right to look after its own interests. If the Trump cabal wants to be protectionist, so be it. Hope all those Iowa corn farmers are pleased with their choice.
Why do we keep wasting time on people like Flynn and Conway, when we should be impeaching Trump? Remember the bully on the playground who accused you of cheating when he was the one who was actually cheating? Trump knows that Flynn talked to the Russians and encouraged the Russians to rig the election. Where is the investigation on that?
Watching these two together makes me long for a month ago when we had a leader with American values.
Trump wants tariffs to pay for his wall by instilling 20% tariffs on Mexican products. Mexico has every right to then buy corn from other countries in retaliation. When a president plays with free trade, all American get hurt.
For once I agree with Nancy Pelosi (did I just hear there's a blizzard on the forecast for hell??). Flynn should never have been appointed in the first place. The man is utterly insane.
I agree with historian Tim Naftali: Donald Trump’s policy on tariffs is damaging our relationship with our allies. He insults our friends and courts our enemies. I am outraged at what he’s doing—weakening our democracy and putting an ugly face on America. Trump is truly The Ugly American. REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATORS, PLEASE DO NOT LET HIM SELL US OUT.
Canada may be the only country who doesn't have a negative Assesment right now. If trump remains in office we could loose Canada as well.
All Americans will pay for Trump insults thrown to our neighbors.
Justin Trudeau is probably still laughing.
Trump can learn something from the Canadian prime minister
Democrats need to stop attacking Trump candidates and Trump issues they cannot win. Better resources should be poured into reaching out to the voters and changing the economic situation and the perception of America's economic situation.