Unless you’ve been conveniently living off the grid for the past year (lucky you), you probably know that Donald Trump called on Canada and Mexico to renegotiate the North America Free Trade Agreement because its fairness isn’t really vibing with his “America First” agenda. The latest round of trade talks commence in Mexico this week so at a meeting with state governors Monday, Trump deviated from the set topic of school safety to remind the American people that the U.S. is being taken advantage of. By everyone.
After railing against unfair trade with Mexico and before railing against unfair trade with China, Trump talked about how sneaky Canada has been in its dealings with our southern neighbours. Canada has gotten away with its “nice guy” charade for far too long. Donald Trump has seen right through us. Busted.
“We lose a lot with Canada,” the President said, “People don’t know it. Canada is very smooth. They have you believe that it’s wonderful and it is, for them. Not wonderful for us, it’s wonderful for them.”
Trump on U.S. trade with Canada:
“We lose a lot with Canada. People don’t know it. Canada is very smooth. They have you believe that its wonderful – and it is – for them. Not wonderful for us, wonderful for them.” pic.twitter.com/RmXoJ5jtu4
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) February 26, 2018
Before we delve into the many jokes that can be made from someone calling Canada “smooth,” a quick fact-check is in order. Donald Trump is very fond of saying that the United States is losing money to other nations. The way that would work is if the U.S. has a trade deficit with that country, meaning the U.S. is purchasing more from the other nation than that nation is purchasing from the U.S. While the Americans have trade deficits with many countries, Canada is not one of them.
Where is that information from, you ask? Well, the president’s office itself. In the “Economic Report of the President” published this month, it states on three separate occasions that the United States has a trade surplus with Canada. So essentially, if anyone is losing money, it’s Canada. You would think Trump would know that if he had read the document he signed. Weird.
As you might have expected, hearing Donald Trump call Canada “smooth” for its stealthy trade hijinks struck quite a few people as funny. Can somebody get Drake to record a “Smooth Criminal” parody using “Smooth Canada”?
— John Bordignon (@SF_JohnB) February 26, 2018
Parts of Canada are smooth. Other parts are hilly or even mountainous.
— Daniel S-N (@akaDSN) February 26, 2018
— 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐨𝐠𝐞𝐞𝐤 “5. I hear you.” (@cartogeek) February 26, 2018
Donny, are you okay? You okay? You okay, Donny?
You’ve been hit by…
You’ve been struck by…
A smooth Canada. https://t.co/9dTQw11m69
— Alexandra Erin (@alexandraerin) February 26, 2018
Let’s replace “O Canada” with a song entitled “Canada is very smooth.”
— Aaron Wherry (@AaronWherry) February 26, 2018
Trump: Canada is very smooth
All of Canada, laughing: time to change the anthem
— Chye (@Chyemmi) February 27, 2018
Trump almost went two weeks without blaming something on Canada. The last time was earlier this month when he said “Canada doesn’t treat us right in terms of farming and crossing the borders.” It wasn’t really true then either.