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Trade war sparks boycott of American goods in Canada

It’s a rather silly claim that importing raw materials from Canada presents a threat to American security

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US President Donald Trump levied metals tariffs affecting steel and aluminum imports of 25% and 10% respectively on the pretext of national security. Objectively speaking, it’s a rather silly move to claim that importing raw materials from Canada presents a threat to America’s national security, with Canada being a long time ally and major trade partner.

On top of that, he chose to take a swipe at the country’s Prime Minister following the G7 summit, which Trump honored with an abbreviated attendance followed by a withdrawal of his backing of the summit’s statement on matters of trade and climate among others. In the wake of these actions, Canada responded with tit-for-tat countermeasures amounting to some $13 billion, and now Canadians themselves are weighing in by withholding their funds from the purchase of American goods and from tourism in America.

CGTN reports:

This week, Canada implemented import tariffs on U.S. goods worth almost $13 billion. It is in retaliation for steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the United States. The items targeted by Canada are meant to maximize the political pain on states that voted for Donald Trump.

On a grassroots level, Canadians are also trying to make a statement with their wallets by boycotting U.S. goods and travel to the U.S.

CGTN’s Karina Huber reports.

In this Toronto suburb of Halton Hills, the city council recently passed a resolution encouraging its residents to boycott U.S. products. It passed unanimously.

“There’s time you have to show Canadian backbone instead of Canadian backbacon,” said Rick Bonnette, the mayor of Halton Hills.

Bonnette says he pushed for the resolution after the U.S. imposed import tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum for national security reasons. He says the boycott really gained momentum after Donald Trump’s appearance at the June G7 summit near Quebec City.

“The president was sort of like that bad dinner guest – he showed up late, left early and insulted the host,” said Bonnette.

After the meeting, Trump called Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “meek and mild” and “dishonest and weak” in a tweet. It was in response to a statement from Trudeau saying Canadians are polite but won’t be pushed around.

All across Canada people are protesting Trump’s policies with their pocketbooks. On social media, you’ll find hashtags like #TrumpFree and #BoycottUSA. Bonnette admits his mandate to boycott U.S. goods is largely symbolic. It’s not easy to buy Canadian – so much of what you’ll find in stores here is imported from the U.S. Perhaps a more effective way to hit the U.S. economy is to for Canadians to avoid travel there. That’s what Adam Rathwell and his wife are doing. They are about to celebrate their 10-year wedding anniversary. They planned to go to Chicago but after the G7 summit they chose Quebec City instead.

“A lot of people in Trump country do rely on tourism and I think that that’s one way that we can kind of get the message out that we are reliant on each other and we’re not the enemy,” said Rathwell.

Canada is the largest source country of international travel to the United States. In 2016, more than 19 million Canadians visited the U.S. Rathwell says boycotting the U.S. pains him. His mother is American and his brother served in the U.S. Marines.

“I want the United States to be better. I want us to be friends again as countries. I want to go to the States but right now I just can’t. My conscience and my morals will not let me go there,” he said.

With tensions between Canada and the U.S. running at a recent all-time high, it’s a sentiment many Canadians can relate to.

Trump is not afraid of offending his allies or of the damage that trade tariffs will and are doing to the American economy, with potential damage in the billions and threatening jobs by the thousands. His tariffs aren’t going to result in the manufacturer of all of the goods that Americans need and buy setting up production facilities in America, but what is much more likely is cost cutting measures being implemented by corporations so affected as well as price increases to help offset those costs, resulting in fewer jobs in manufacturing within America and higher prices goods and commodities. It also means a poorer image of America amongst its allies, and heightened diplomatic tensions therewith.

 

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“The president was sort of like that bad dinner guest – he showed up late, left early and insulted the host,”

Lack of elementary manners has become an American signature. He missed completing it, by putting his feet on the dinner table.

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So, hard to boycott when we Canadians have are saturated with their goods and services time to look for more partners in trade. Russia is more of a match for Canadians then the ussa ever was.

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James Woods Suspended From Twitter Over Satirical Meme That Could “Impact An Election”

James Woods crushes Jack Dorsey: “You are a coward, @Jack.”

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Outspoken conservative actor James Woods was suspended from posting to Twitter over a two-month-old satirical meme which very clearly parodies a Democratic advertisement campaign. While the actor’s tweets are still visible, he is unable to post new content.

The offending tweet from July 20, features three millennial-aged men with “nu-male smiles” and text that reads “We’re making a Woman’s Vote Worth more by staying home.” Above it, Woods writes “Pretty scary that there is a distinct possibility this could be real. Not likely, but in this day and age of absolute liberal insanity, it is at least possible.”

According to screenshots provided by an associate of Woods’, Twitter directed the actor to delete the post on the grounds that it contained “text and imagery that has the potential to be misleading in a way that could impact an election.

In other words, James Woods, who has approximately 1.72 million followers, was suspended because liberals who don’t identify as women might actually take the meme seriously and not vote. 

In a statement released through associate Sara Miller, Woods said “You are a coward, @Jack,” referring to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. “There is no free speech for Conservatives on @Twitter.

Earlier this month, Woods opined on the mass-platform ban of Alex Jones, tweeting: ““I’ve never read Alex Jones nor watched any of his video presence on the internet. A friend told me he was an extremist. Believe me that I know nothing about him. That said, I think banning him from the internet is a slippery slope. This is the beginning of real fascism. Trust me.”

Nu-males everywhere non-threateningly smirk at Woods’ bad fortune…

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Another witness named by Ford becomes third person to deny being at party

A woman believed to have been one of five people at a party 35 years ago where Ford claims she was assaulted by Kavanaugh is now the fourth person to deny being at any such party.

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A witness, reportedly named by Christine Blasey Ford as one of the people at the high school party where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh allegedly sexually assaulted her, told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Saturday she was not there.

The attorney for Leland Ingham Keyser told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Keyser does not remember being at the party Ford described as the location of the alleged assault.

“Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford,” Keyser said in the statement. CNN reported Keyser is a lifelong friend of Ford’s.

Keyser, whom the New York Times reported is one of the people Ford named as being in attendance at the party, is the third witness who has denied knowing about the alleged assault. Mark Judge and Patrick Smyth said earlier this week they did not remember the party in question.

Kavanaugh has denied Ford’s allegation.

The news comes after Ford, through her attorneys, tentatively agreed to testify on Thursday, after days of negotiations over the timing and conditions of her

Committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, had repeatedly extended deadlines set for Ford’s team on the decision, including three on Friday and one at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Grassley threatened to proceed with a committee vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination Monday if he did not hear from Ford.

“Five times now we [have] granted extension for Dr Ford to decide if she wants to proceed [with] her desire stated one [week] ago that she wants to tell senate her story,” Grassley tweeted Friday. “Dr Ford if u changed ur mind say so so we can move on I want to hear ur testimony. Come to us or we to u.”

The extended discussions have been labeled a delaying tactic by some Republicans.

Ford’s attorneys and Grassley’s aides will reportedly continue negotiations Sunday on the details of the conditions of Ford’s testimony, per the New York Times.

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Was NYT Story About Rosenstein ‘Coup Attempt’ A Setup?

The New York Times is reporting that Rod Rosenstein pushed a plan to record President Trump and invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

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Is the FBI trying to goad President Trump into firing the man in charge of supervising the Mueller probe? That’s what Sean Hannity and a handful of  Trump’s Congressional allies think.

According to a report in Politico, Republicans in Congress are approaching a story about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein attempting to organize a palace coup with extreme caution, despite having twice nearly gathered the votes to remove him in the recent past.

On Friday, the NYT reported a bombshell story alleging that Rosenstein had tried to recruit administration officials to secretly tape conversations with the president in order to help justify removing Trump under the 25th amendment. Rosenstein vehemently denied the story, which was largely based on confidential memos written by former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe. And others who were reportedly in attendance at meeting between McCabe and Rosenstein said the Deputy AG was being “sarcastic” when he suggested that the president be taped.

Meanwhile, Trump allies including Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan and Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz are saying that the story should be treated with suspicion. Jordan and Freedom Caucus leader Mark Meadows once filed articles of impeachment against Rosenstein. But now, both Meadows and Jordan intend to proceed with caution, telling Politico that he would like to see the memos that the story was based on.

House Freedom Caucus leaders Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan, who led a charge to impeach Rosenstein this summer, have said they want to hear from Rosenstein and see documents allegedly describing the comments before they decide what to do.That’s awarded Rosenstein a courtesy they’ve never given him in the past.

“I think Rod needs to come before Congress this week and explain under oath what exactly he said and didn’t say,” Meadows said at the Values Voters Summit Saturday.

The newfound hesitation to oust Rosenstein highlights a cautious approach Trump allies have adopted as the Republican party barrels toward a potential bloodbath in the midterms. Some Republicans fear Trump firing Rosenstein now would only further energize Democrats making the case to voters that the president is corrupt and needs to be reined in by a Democratic House.

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In a Friday interview, Jordan, one of Rosenstein’s fiercest critics in Congress, sidestepped questions about whether the House should revisit Rosenstein’s impeachment or try to hold him in contempt of Congress. Rather, he said, a more focused push to obtain sensitive documents from the Justice Department — which Trump’s allies say would expose anti-Trump bias and corruption the FBI — is the most urgent priority.

“I want to see those memos and evaluate them,” said Jordan, who has clashed publicly with Rosenstein over access to documents and accused him of threatening House Intelligence Committee staffers, an allegation Rosenstein denied.

Politico cites two possible explanations for lawmakers’ hesitation: Republicans are running out of time before members devote themselves full-time to their reelection campaigns. Republicans are worried that the story could have been intentionally planted to provoke Rosenstein’s firing in order to improve Democrats’ chances of retaking the Senate AND the House (Trump actively moving to crush the Mueller probe would be quite the propaganda win for the Dems).

Sean Hannity took this latter theory a step further during his show on Friday evening, where he urged Trump not to fire Rosie and instead insisted that the story could have been a “trap”. He added that he had been told by “multiple sources” that the story was planted by unspecified “enemies of Trump.”

“I have a message for the president tonight,” Hannity said Friday night. “Under zero circumstances should the president fire anybody…the president needs to know it is all a setup.”

Still, a handful of conservative commentators, including Laura Ingraham, urged Trump to fire Rosenstein immediately. And for Trump’s part, he hinted at a rally Friday night in Missouri that he planned to “get rid” of the “lingering stench” at the DOJ, which many interpreted as a hint that his firing is imminent.

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