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Newsline: Former US ambassadors blast Trump over Canada

A pair of former American ambassadors to Canada have criticized U.S. President Donald Trump for his string of remarks about the northern neighbour, calling it counter-productive to seriously resolving trade issues. Barack Obama’s last envoy to Ottawa said the occasional disagreement is inevitable in a trade relationship worth C$841-billion annually – and it’s unhelpful to wail about it through the media. “Words matter. Words matter diplomatically. Words matter with leaders. And I think the words that have been used have been unfortunate, and have not been constructive,” Bruce Heyman told a panel in Detroit, organized Tuesday by the Council of the Great Lakes Region. By way of comparison, on Tuesday alone, Trump raised his complaints about Canada, twice, without being asked, in public remarks and in a tweet where he threatened reprisals over ultra-filtered milk regulations. “We will not stand for this,” Trump wrote. “Watch!” Both Heyman and another Democratic ex-diplomat warned this could lead to a tit-for-tat dynamic, where Canada responds, the U.S. counter-responds, things escalate and the countries settle scores instead of solving problems.

https://ipolitics.ca/2017/04/26/former-u-s-ambassadors-blast-trump-over-canada/

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