Friday, March 9, 2018

Heckle And Jeckle Are Very Quiet Today

Could it be that their heads have exploded on the news that the Trump administration has succeeded in bringing the Norker Porker to heel?  Well, at least to the negotiating table?

Or perhaps it's the news that Australia, Mexico and Canada will be exempt from steel and aluminium tariffs?   H & J might not know that the latter two countries are embroiled in NAFTA negotiations and there's nothing quite like the threat of a 30% tariff to bring them to heel.

You see Jeckle?  That's what happens when you deploy heel spurs.

Which is a damned sight more than his brainless beanpole predecessor did in eight long black years.

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The Bunbury Baker said...

Not sure about Heckle and Jeckel's activities, but I have been busy assembling a food parcel for you since Dominos are no longer delivering to Bunbury!

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

There's a Dominos just half a mile away and it delivers, so all is well.

BTW, you had me going for a moment until I checked and the correct spelling is 'Jeckle.'

Anonymous said...

That is one meeting that I hope will not take place. It is fraught with danger, two massive ego's in the same room, both are unstable and do not have their countries interests at heart just "what's in it for me."

The fact is that Nth Korea is hurting from Chinese sanctions and that the US was sidelined in the meetings between Nth and Sth recently. Perhaps it will be like the Muslim ban, wall etc etc and they will spend months arguing over the venue. Invitations made by a head of state will mean Trump going to Nth Korea..not his local golf course.

Canada is the largest steel exporter to the US...own goal. Australia has NOT been exempt at the time of writing this. As a patriotic Australian the ex Bunbury resident should be calling Trump out not revelling in his countries discomfort..

Betty Swollocks

Gerald said...

Anonymous said...

Alan Oxley, the managing director of ITS Global and a former Australian diplomat, has said most free trade agreements defer to WTO rules in key areas and many WTO principles are embedded in major FTAs.

“The long and short of it is that no US administration can overturn legally binding commitments in WTO rules,” he has written.

But under WTO rules, there is a “national security exception” – located in article 21 of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade – which allows members to impose trade restrictions on certain products for the purposes of national security. It is impossible to predict how the WTO will rule on that point.

The European Union and South Korea have said they could challenge the tariffs through the WTO, so we may find out.

Former US president George W Bush tried to imposed tariffs of up to 30% on steel imports in 2002, but the WTO rejected the tariffs.

Betty Swollocks

Anonymous said...

Mexico and Canada supply 25% of the US steel imports....Australia 1%,... UK 3%

Lord Egbut

Snowflake said...

Adolt thinks he’s being very clever and witty by referring to the Obama presidency as black. In actual fact he’s being a total twat. As for Trump, he’s done nothing but accept a meeting he didn’t broker in order to distract from the storm clouds engulfing him(see now that’s wit).

J Bloggs said...

Some more thoughts on the Trump-Kim meeting