The mayor of the Canadian city of Hamilton has rushed to the defense of his country after President Donald Trump took a shot at Canada’s trade relations with the U.S.
Trump threatened to terminate the NAFTA deal with Canada and Mexico—the renegotiation of which is causing Mexico and Canada to be “very difficult,” according to the U.S. president.
“The only thing that needs to be terminated is your presidency,” Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger tweeted Sunday, in response to Trump’s own post. “Save yourself and your country. Resign and you will be popular everywhere.”
Canada’s Toronto Star questioned why Trump was engaging in jibes with the U.S.’ only territorial neighbors when at home the state of Texas has been hit by deadly flooding.
Trump did write that he would “be going to Texas as soon as that trip can be made without causing disruption,” but also shifted focus to his trip to Missouri, switching to election matters, boasting that he “won by a lot” in the state. He also took a shot at opposition senator Claire McCaskill ahead of the 2018 elections for the Senate.
The NAFTA deal was first drafted by President Ronald Reagan and came into effect under President Bill Clinton in 1994, effectively eliminating tariffs between U.S., Canada and Mexico. The U.S. president can withdraw from the deal by giving six months’ notice and Trump has repeatedly claimed the deal is detrimental to American industries.
“Personally, I don’t think we can make a deal,” he said at a rally last week. “I think we’ll end up probably terminating NAFTA at some point.” How many U.S. jobs have been lost to Mexico because of NAFTA and how many could be restored without it is unclear, especially since a bi-partisan congressional report from earlier this year suggested that automation of manual labor has been a much bigger driver of reducing employment than NAFTA since the deal came into effect.