Trump’s D-Day Gift to Canada: A Trade War

Trump’s eagerness to embark on a global trade war not only jeopardizes the booming American economy, but also runs counter to both the short- and long-term interests of the Republican Party.

June 6, 2018

Cross-posted from Roll Call

When Ronald Reagan delivered one of the most stirring speeches of his presidency in Normandy on the 40th anniversary of D-Day, he hailed “the boys of Pointe du Hoc,” the Army Rangers, who, despite gruesome casualties, scaled the cliffs on Omaha Beach.

That June 6, 1984, speech, written by Peggy Noonan, also took pains to credit “the unsurpassed courage of the Canadians who ... once they hit Juno Beach, they never looked back.” Of the 14,000 Canadian troops who landed on D-Day, more than 1,000 died in the first six days of the invasion.

Reagan understood, as all modern American presidents did prior to Donald Trump, that D-Day commemorated the shared sacrifice of Americans and our Canadian and British allies. This crusade was not “Make America Great Again” — and certainly not “America First” — but rather “Make the World Safe from Tyranny and Genocide.”