After US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau concluded their historic summit on Friday, former President Donald Trump expressed his disdain for what he called “terrible, terrible deals” between Canada and the United States.
At his first rally since announcing his bid for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, Trump addressed supporters in Waco, Texas, on Saturday, feigning his defiance against a possible indictment and supporting insurgents jailed for their role on Jan. 6. Riots at the United States Capitol.
Under President Trump, the United States and Canada renegotiated NAFTA alongside Mexico to form a new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). In his speech, Trump said Canada had treated the United States “terribly” on trade issues, but also called Trudeau a “gentleman”.
At the rally, Trump said, “I’ve worked with Trudeau and done business with some of his people. I see these different deals that they’re advertising. These are terrible, terrible deals for our country. These are great deals for Canada, but terrible deals for our country.”
Trudeau and Biden discussed a range of cross-border issues during their meeting, but the focus was on strengthening NORAD, resolving informal entry points to combat irregular migration, strengthening efforts in renewable energies and supporting Haiti.
“I watched Joe Biden yesterday in the halls of Parliament, the Canadian Parliament, this beautiful Parliament and there’s Trudeau with his beautiful wife and they’re sitting there laughing and laughing. They think he’s so great because they pulled the wool out of (Biden’s) eyes and the deals they made, I wouldn’t have made those deals,” Trump said.
In addition, Trump also addressed Biden’s brief misstep during his speech in the House of Commons, when he accidentally thanked China before correcting himself to thank Canada instead. Biden’s downfall marks a defining moment in Parliament where a federal investigation is set to begin amid allegations of foreign interference by China in the 2019 and 2021 federal elections.
“I saw Joe Biden say, ‘I’d like to thank China and he’s in Canada,'” Trump said. “The whole room starts laughing…They are making fun of our country. We don’t want anyone to laugh. No one was laughing at us when I raced and I can tell you that.”