President Trump has been dealing with despots for the last few weeks. He’s spent time hammering Syria, North Korea, Russia, China, and now… Canada.
Okay. So Canada isn’t despotic. Sure they’re horrible at protecting speech and faith, but they don’t have the First Amendment like we do. President Trump hit Canada over trade, and explained why NAFTA had become such a “bad deal” for the USA. (“Explain” may be too strong of a word, the President argued that NAFTA was a bad deal for the USA but really only mentioned dairy production as a reason why. And he didn’t explain why we were getting a bad deal for our dairy farmers.)
We’re also going to stand up for our dairy farmers in Wisconsin. And I’ve been reading about it, and I’ve been talking about it for a long time, and that demands, really, immediately, fair trade with all of our trading partners, and that includes Canada because, in Canada, some very unfair things have happened to our dairy farmers and others and we’re going to start working on that with Ron and with Scott and with Paul and with all of your representatives. What’s happened to you is very, very unfair. It’s another typical one-sided deal against the United States, and it’s not going to be happening for long.
So, Scott, you and Ron and myself and Paul and everybody else, we’re going to get together and we’re going to call Canada and we’re going to say, “What happened?” And they might give us an answer, but we’re going to get the solution, not just the answer. OK? Because we know what the solution is, all right?
And if you guys can’t do it, we’ll bring maybe Reince. Reince, are you ready, Reince? We better bring Reince back. Now, we’ll get that done. We’re going to work on that very hard. We’re going to work on it immediately. In fact, starting today. It’s a terrible thing that happened to the farmers of Wisconsin.
The fact is NAFTA has been a disaster for the United States — a complete and total disaster. And we’re going to do some things. And we have all sorts of rules and regulations that are horrendous. Like, we wanted to start to negotiate with Mexico immediately, and we have these provisions where you have to wait long periods of time. You have to notify Congress. And after you notify Congress, you have to get certified. And then you can’t speak to them for 100 days.
The whole thing is ridiculous. NAFTA’s been very, very bad for our country. It’s been very, very bad for our companies and for our workers. And we’re going to make some very big changes or we are going to get rid of NAFTA for once and for all. It cannot continue like this, believe me.