As I have repeatedly stated here and my old website, Trump is positioning Canada to be a villain in a narrative -- something that completely deviates from past presidential scripts that either saw their Northern Neighbours as benign and unimportant milquetoast, to friends and junior partners. It was either neutral or positive, even when Pierre Elliott Trudeau was leading Canada and tweaking the noses of whoever was in the American driver's seat -- or Jean Chretien who defied the US during 9/11's aftermath, but was cagey enough to prevent a diplomatic crisis, even if talking heads over at the Fox News Channel were clamouring for a boycott against Canada (something I chronicled in my book OutFoxed).
But his son Justin is not his daddy. He is his own little boy, and he is no match for Trump.
I will say now that I have no idea whether Prime Minister Pantywaist tried to pull a conniving little stunt to tweak the nose of his intellectual superior, but if he did, he has created an epic crisis that he is ill-prepared to deal with.
As I said in an earlier post, Trump wrote the first chapter of this new Chaos Narrative, painting Canada as a deceptive people with agreements from the leaders of India and The Philippines (though the latter actually thought Canada was just "stupid").
Canada, being Canada, laughed it off thinking no one is listening to Trump and Americans are our friends.
Trump has half his country approving of his job, and that is more than enough willing ears he needs to control the narrative. The economy over there is kicking it like nobody's business, except for bricks and mortar retailers who didn't keep up with the times -- and journalism, which collapsed for the very same reason.
Chapter one set up the narrative, and now we are deep into chapter two, where Trump increases the interpretation of Canada, but now has others agreeing with his assessment.
This is the latest charge:
White House trade adviser Peter Navarro lit into Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday, saying there's a "special place in hell" for a world leader that double crosses President Donald Trump.
"There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad-faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door," Navarro told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday." "And that's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference."
The FNC is the highest-rated all-news outfit in the United States. It has its devoted flock tuning in, and though it is a partisan propaganda mill, it is no accident they are the ones who are sanctioning the narrative.
From Trump to Navarro to the FNC, the narrative is beginning to spread.
Oh, and before I forget, there is this swipe, too on ideological rival CNN:
President Donald Trump's chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Sunday accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of undermining the US and its allies with comments he made at the G7 summit.
"It was a betrayal," Kudlow said on CNN's "State of the Union."
Canadians may be banking on the American Left to rescue them, but the Dems have bigger problems, and for all the griping about Trump and the cheap pot-shots of late night talk shows/celebrity advertorials, they are not managing to translate Trump-bashing with actual votes.
This is not mere trash-talking. This is an effective military campaign with the express purpose of isolating Canada and priming people to approve of any sanctions or retaliatory punishments that have a specific purpose. The swipes may seem personal, but I don't think they really are: there is a plan, and it requires Trudeau, and his country by extension, to be villainized enough to justify some sort of severe and sweeping punishment that goes beyond tariffs.
I will not be surprised if economic and political sanctions are in store. Military intervention is a stretch, but if you reach sanctions, the next level up is not as far of a stretch as they seem now.
And as usual, Canada is thinking it will all blow over. Trump doesn't need universal approval. He needs just enough, and by the looks of things, that is precisely what he is getting.