Everyone knows about the discord between Senator John McCain and President Trump, they have not liked each other for a very long time. Every time the President does anything so much as contrary to the mainstream he gets crap for it. Now is no different. Senator McCain took to social media to once again express his displeasure with the President.
The Hill reported,
“Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) took a jab at President Trump on Saturday after Trump threatened to impose new tariffs on Canada and pulled his endorsement of a joint communique signed with other Group of Seven (G-7) members at this weekend’s summit. “To our allies: bipartisan majorities of Americans remain pro-free trade, pro-globalization & supportive of alliances based on 70 years of shared values,” McCain tweeted late Saturday. “Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn’t,” the senator added.
McCain was responding to a series of tweets Trump sent Saturday after leaving the G-7 summit early to depart for a planned sit-down with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. In the tweets, Trump rebuked an earlier announcement from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who had stated during his closing remarks at the summit that all G-7 members signed the joint communique, as is customary.
“Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!” Trump tweeted. Tensions were high between Trump and the other world leaders regarding the recently implemented U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports that Trump imposed on key allies, including Canada. Members of top Democratic leadership, including Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), also condemned Thump’s statements, cautioning against alienating top U.S. allies.”
To our allies: bipartisan majorities of Americans remain pro-free trade, pro-globalization & supportive of alliances based on 70 years of shared values. Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn’t.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) June 10, 2018
However, McCain’s detraction has received criticism not just from Trump allies but from his own as well. Longtime friend and fellow Senate colleague Senator Lindsey Graham criticized McCain and said that his friend’s opinions on American trade policy are likely not the same as most American’s right now. Graham added while making comments that the President was able to take advantage of an identified anti-trade movement within the Republican Party during the 2016 presidential election.
The Washington Examiner reported,
“I’m not so sure a majority of Americans believe that globalization and free trade is in our interests. I believe that. John McCain believes it. But the reason we’re having these problems here at home, Brexit, Italy, there’s a movement all over the world to look inward, not outward, and I think it’s a mistake,” he continued. McCain lashed out at Trump on Twitter after the president instructed U.S. officials not to affirm the communique signed by other G-7 members in Canada. “To our allies: bipartisan majorities of Americans remain pro-free trade, pro-globalization & supportive of alliances based on 70 years of shared values. Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn’t,” McCain tweeted. Trump on Saturday congratulated the world leaders gathered at the summit for managing to take advantage of the U.S. on trade in the past, vowing that “those days are over.”
While other outlets reported on the growing fight between French, Canadian, and American authorities,
“Over the course of the summit, the President pushed the narrative that the U.S. is a victim of a trade imbalance, though European leaders rejected these claims. Trump, in a Twitter tirade on Thursday, pointed fingers at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French president Emmanuel Macron, stating that “they are charging the U.S. massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers.” In his tweetstorm — and again on Saturday — the President said that such actions were hurting U.S. farmers and “k*****g our agriculture.”
After the G7 summit, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada indicated they would be imposing new tariff’s on the United States in retaliation for the tariff’s they have been dealing with lately. However, the President came out on social media and called Trudeau weak indicating that the tariffs were instituted because of Canada’s 270% tax on American dairy products. But Canadian officials remained firm and said they would continue to impose tariff’s later next month.
Only time will tell whether or not Trump maintains the tariffs. But regardless, it looks like he has supporters within his own party who are willing to speak out against McCain. Despite how revered he is as a war hero.
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