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Donald Trump and the strange case of the populist disconnect

By Les Whittington      

The U.S. president who supposedly is standing up for the little guy in Washington is giving huge tax breaks to the wealthy, while many of the people who will be hurt by his trade protectionism and his social aid cuts are Trump supporters.

One consulting firm estimated that while U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariffs could create about 33,000 jobs in the steel and aluminum sectors, they would cost 179,000 throughout the rest of the economy. Photograph courtesy of Gage Skidmore

OTTAWA—Steve Verheul, a seasoned and usually circumspect Canadian trade negotiator, recently told an audience in Ottawa that the current talks on NAFTA bringing Canada, Mexico, and the United States to the bargaining table are the strangest of its kind he’s ever experienced. “The U.S. approach is to focus on the U.S. perspective only, rather than a North American perspective. So they are looking to strengthen the U.S. and by doing that weaken Canada and Mexico within the North

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