President Trump’s rhetoric towards Canada has been inappropriately insulting, believes Jen Gerson of The Guardian. His administration’s attacks against Justin Trudeau went beyond the line of decency. Trump’s trade advisor even said there was “a special place in hell” for him. Trump's rhetoric is purely divisive and achieves little. Even if Canadians had wanted to reform their dairy policies, Trump’s words have made that less likely. He has embattled the whole country - even political opponents are siding with Trudeau - and significantly worsened relations between two historic allies.
President Trump is right about the fact that Canada is engaging in excessively protectionist policies regarding its dairy industry, reports Jonathan Kay of Foreign Policy. A strong Canadian lobby has ensured that foreign dairy products are kept off of shelves. This has created huge profits for a small industry, while actually leaving Canadians worse off. They face higher dairy costs because of it. Trump is spot-on with his criticism of Canada’s protectionism, which hurts US exporters. However justified, his harsh yet warranted words have hurt Canada's pride.