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John McCain and Jimmy Carter Play Good-Cop, Bad-Cop with Canadian Lumber

Posted May 10, 2017

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Alexander Panetta – Canadian Press)

Two historic figures in American politics spoke about the Canada-U.S. softwood lumber dispute this week — one sympathetic to the northern neighbour, and the other less so.

The good cop: John McCain.

Bad cop: Jimmy Carter.

The ex-presidential nominee and ex-president offered contrasting views this week on the Trump administration’s decision to slap duties up to 24 per cent on Canadian lumber and initiate the latest round in a recurring trade feud.

McCain lamented that this was a poor way for U.S. President Donald Trump to start relations with a neighbour.

“Couldn’t we have tried to sit down and negotiate that issue? Rather than send the message early in the administration that we’re going to retaliate?” the Arizona senator said during a conference at the U.S. State Department on Tuesday. Click here to read more.

Related: Jimmy Carter: Trump is Right – Canada’s Lumber Trade Practices Are Unfair (WP)