The Right Scoop
Wow this report is quite unbelievable and suggests that even Trump’s
closest advisors are having trouble reining him in on trade:
– The personal appeal that President Trump said he received from
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last month — leading him to
renegotiate NAFTA — was only made after Trump’s son-in-law and top aide
Jared Kushner called Trudeau’s office in Ottawa and begged him to talk
some sense into the commander-in-chief, a report says.
The unconventional move was revealed Monday by the National Post,
which spoke to several government sources familiar with the desperate
pleas from Washington.
Toronto’s Metro newspaper later revealed that Kushner was the government official who made the phone call.
White House advisers had been worried that Trump would scrap the
North American Free Trade Agreement — after he famously dubbed it the
“worst trade deal ever” — and decided to phone the prime minister’s
office to get Trudeau to change his mind, the sources said.
“You never know how much of it is theater, but it didn’t feel that
way,” a senior Canadian diplomatic source told the Post of the call
between Trump’s people and Trudeau’s.
“Maybe they’re just learning how to be a government,” the source
said. “At least they were open to the conversation, and that stopped
them doing something rash and destructive.