Canadian labor leader jokes Trump’s new NAFTA shouldn’t ‘leave anyone behind’

Anna Moneymaker

A leader of a Canadian labor organization trolled President Trump on Twitter Thursday afternoon over the president’s threat to remove Canada from a planned trade agreement that included the U.S. and Mexico.

Flavio Volpe, head of Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association (APMA), responded on Twitter after Trump reportedly said he wants to rebrand the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as the USMC, adding that the “C” could be dropped if Canadian officials are unable to reach a deal with the U.S.

{mosads}The U.S. Marine Corps., which shares the USMC abbreviation, would never “leave anyone behind” in that manner, Volpe joked.

“The real @USMC would never leave anyone behind,” he tweeted.

The tweet was noted by John Murphy, an official heading the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s international affairs division, who remarked that the tweet was a rare moment of agreement between a labor leader and his organization which often opposes union action.

“I don’t always agree with Canadian labor leaders, but this is a Quality Tweet,” Murphy said.

Trump announced a deal with Mexico in late August on his overhaul of NAFTA, but Canada has yet to sign on.

The president signaled a harsher tone towards Canada on trade issues earlier this month, tweeting that America should not have to “buy” its friends with trade agreements that do not benefit American consumers.

“We shouldn’t have to buy our friends with bad Trade Deals and Free Military Protection!” Trump tweeted.

“There is no political necessity to keep Canada in the new NAFTA deal. If we don’t make a fair deal for the U.S. after decades of abuse, Canada will be out. Congress should not interfere w/ these negotiations or I will simply terminate NAFTA entirely & we will be far better off…” he added in a message last month.

Canadian negotiators remained optimistic this week over trade talks, however, with Canada’s top trade representative indicating that productive conversations with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer are ongoing.

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