Reprinted from Politico by Megan Cassella on March 3, 2018.
President Donald Trump’s decision to unilaterally slap tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum has upended the NAFTA renegotiation and threatens to derail talks that were already politically and economically sensitive for all three countries.
Canadian, Mexican and US government officials and industry representatives, gathered here for the seventh negotiating round, were sent scrambling when Trump announced plans to levy tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum imports to protect US national security interests.
While negotiators have continued to meet, the tone has changed as Canadian and Mexican representatives try to figure out the impact on their countries and whether their leaders will retaliate if Trump doesn’t backtrack. …