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Trump’s trade delusion 

By Gwynne Dyer      

No jumped-up leader of a rinky-dink country like Canada was going to get away with talking to the president of the United States like that. But the whole confrontation over trade is irrelevant to Donald Trump’s real political concern, which is vanishing American jobs.

U.S. President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, pictured at the G7 Summit in Quebec on June 8. Photograph courtesy of G7 Canada Twitter

LONDON, U.K.—Halfway across the Pacific Ocean, Donald Trump heard the closing statements from the G7 summit in Quebec (which he had left early to meet North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Singapore).

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