Trump’s Message to Congress: New Nafta or No Nafta

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US trade representative Robert Lighthizer has been meeting with Canadian and Mexican officials on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. PHOTO: CHRIS KLEPONIS/POOL/EPA-EFE/REX//EPA/SHUTTERSTOCK

Reprinted from The Wall Street Journal by William Mauldin and Siobhan Hughes on April 23, 2018.

The Trump administration is pushing hard to finish talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement over the next two weeks and is considering bare-knuckle tactics to get Congress to approve a new deal.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly signaled his willingness to withdraw from Nafta entirely if he doesn’t get a renegotiated deal he deems more favorable to American workers.

The administration used the same strategy to bring Canada and Mexico to the table. But some in Congress—especially members of the GOP—say they are prepared to resist the approach if it is turned on them. …

WSJ 4/23

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