New Brunswick — U.S. President Donald Trump shot back at Premier Blaine Higgs in a series of unhinged tweets on Thursday, a day after the New Brunswick leader likened the POTUS to a crybaby.
A frustrated Higgs told Brunswick News last week that negotiating with Trump was “exhausting” after the U.S. blocked the appointments of new members to the World Trade Organization’s appeals tribunal, which experts regard as Trump’s bid to win big on trade.
“For a guy who supposedly wrote The Art of the Deal, he really doesn’t know how to negotiate,” Higgs told The Manatee. “His approach is winner take all. If he doesn’t get his own way, he kicks and screams and has a big tantrum.”
But by Thursday, those words had found their way to the White House, and Trump hit back in typical Trump fashion.
For his part, Higgs said he was shocked by the president’s tweets but is taking it in stride.
“I mean, I really didn’t think it would ever get back to him. I didn’t think he read newspapers. I didn’t think he could read, period. While it’s a bit unsettling, I’m certainly not the first person he’s attacked and I’m sure I won’t be the last.”
He was right. By noon, Trump had also attacked Do-Nothing-Democrats, Germany and France, but saved his most hostile takedown for 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a White House insider offered Higgs reassurance and said it was just a matter of bad timing.
“Mr. Trump was already sour about Time magazine snubbing him in favour of Greta Thunberg as 2019’s Person of the Year. He was just taking his frustrations out whoever crossed his path — in this case, it was Mr. Higgs.”
The insider went out to assure New Brunswickers that Trump is a “big fan” of the province.