OTTAWA — In a room flanked by military tanks and warplanes, the U.S. Ambassador to Canada spoke somewhat candidly Tuesday evening about what it’s like to work with President Donald Trump.
Kelly Craft made her remarks at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s annual gala at the Canadian War Museum. During a panel mostly focused on NAFTA, she was asked by the moderator what Trump is like in person. The ambassador said the president’s business acumen makes him results-driven and focused “like a laser” — but his communication skills could use some work.
“I don’t think that he’s very good at expressing how we’re going to achieve those results. I think that would be very helpful if he laid that out for all of us,” Craft said. She turned to her left toward Texas Congressman Pete Sessions, also seated on stage, and asked: “Right?”
Craft and Sessions each delivered speeches and joined a panel discussion about the future of Canada-U.S. relations. Hours earlier, Canada’s chief NAFTA negotiator criticized the Americans for not being flexible in talks.
My message at the @MLInstitute#USCanada dinner: The United States and Canada are modern, diverse, transcontinental nations with deeply shared values. We will continue to work together to ensure that our two nations and the world can be improved for every citizen. pic.twitter.com/QHdV7EM4vd
— Ambassador Kelly Craft (@USAmbCanada) February 14, 2018
The ambassador offered a different narrative, calling the relationship between Canada and the U.S. “vibrant, cooperative, and as respectful as ever.” She took a shot at “the media” and “thought leaders” for suggesting to the public that NAFTA renegotiations have hit an impasse.
“I think that in many ways that Canada might believe that Trump is taking us down a path of not wanting to be trade partners,” Craft said, adding, “He wants huge trade. Really big trade.”
The event marked her first major speech since being appointed ambassador last fall.
Trump has repeatedly threatened to kill NAFTA if a better deal can’t be negotiated between Canada and Mexico.
China will be the winner of any demise between us.U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions
Craft and Sessions also discussed China’s influence and what kind of economic benefit that country would see if NAFTA talks collapse. Sessions said lawmakers on both side of the border would be in “uncharted territory” if that were to happen.
“China will be the winner of any demise between us,” he said. “China wants the world.”
Sessions repeatedly said …
Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada Travel