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Donald Trump’s tactical trade belligerence

By Lisa Van Dusen      

In his most recent addition to the Ripley’s Believe it or Not Political Odditorium, the U.S. president is looking to spark a trade war. Maybe Canada should—politely—walk smartly to the nearest exit.

U.S. President Donald Trump is pledging tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Given Canada’s status as a major source of both U.S. steel and aluminum imports, this seems designed to at best leverage and at worst sabotage the NAFTA renegotiation, writes Lisa Van Dusen. U.S. Department of Homeland Security photograph by Barry Bahler

Nobody ever said Donald Trump was subtle. But his lack of subtlety is easy to lose sight of, obscured as it gets by his belligerence, combustibility, and recklessness. We were reminded of his lack of subtlety last week when he tweeted “Trade wars are good, and easy to win.” Coming as it did March 2 during the latest round of NAFTA renegotiation talks in Mexico City, the de facto declaration of economic war at least had the advantage of

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