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Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Trump administration is close to striking a deal with Mexico on a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement, analysts said, but thorny issues are yet to be resolved with Canada, the third party in the trilateral pact. Reaching an agreement with Mexico would mark a breakthrough for the administration after a year of roller-coaster talks and tension with its longtime North American trading partners. President Trump has frequently threatened to withdraw from NAFTA, linked the renegotiations to his call for a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border and slapped tariffs on Mexican and Canadian steel to apply pressure to make concessions.

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Trump's trade negotiators this week have been meeting with senior Mexican officials in Washington, and sources familiar with the discussions say the two sides have largely agreed to new rules on auto trade -- a top priority for the White House -- that could boost investment in the U.S. and curb a flight of domestic production and jobs to Mexico.

In exchange, the United States trade representative, Robert Lighthizer, appears to be showing flexibility on an earlier demand for an automatic five-year termination of NAFTA and a proposal to make it easier for the U.S. to press anti-dumping claims against seasonal produce like tomatoes from Mexico.

Canada, meanwhile, has shown less urgency to complete a revision of the 24-year-old pact, but is expected to return to the bargaining table once the U.S. and Mexico settle their differences.

And then the question will be "whether Canada is finally willing to reengage in the process, sign off on what has been agreed and quickly resolve any key outstanding issues of concern to Canada," said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch.

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Wait, what? This isn't even close to what HuffMediaTalkingAlterDailyPoMattersPointsNetKosMemo told us to believe!!!?

- The DR Left

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-08-16 10:31 PM | Reply

And before our DR Canucks start bleating (and then apologizing), Canada will crumple faster than a Tim Hortons paper cup.

#2 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-08-16 10:33 PM | Reply

"This isn't even close to what HuffMediaTalkingAlterDailyPoMattersPointsNetKosMemo told us to believe!!!?"

Let's not get ahead of ourselves, shall we?

I mean, this was the guy who called the Iran deal, with unprecedented safeguards up and down the supply chain, "the worst deal ever", while lavishing bigly praise on his bare bones "agreement" with NK, which proved to be almost worth the paper it was written on.

For all you know, he's about to give them Texas.

#3 | Posted by Danforth at 2018-08-16 11:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

So is Mexico paying for the wall?

#4 | Posted by memyselfini at 2018-08-17 02:28 AM | Reply

So is Mexico paying for the wall?
#4 | POSTED BY MEMYSELFINI

This is Trump's attempt to do exactly that! This "renegotiated" NAFTA deal will be his 'proof' that he got Mexico to pay for the wall. "This business stuff, it's complicated. Nobody knew how I'd do it, but I told you I'd get Mexico to pay for the wall. AND NOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE A NEW AND IMPROVED NAFTA DEAL THAT BENEFITS ALL! You're welcome, America! #MAGA" -- Donald "I'm really getting sick of this ----" Trump

#5 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-08-17 02:37 AM | Reply

I guess that will end life in this country as we know it.

#6 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-08-17 10:30 AM | Reply

#6 Shut up stupid. (TM)

#7 | Posted by bored at 2018-08-17 06:43 PM | Reply

#7
One day I accidentally hit "Option" and "2" together on my Mac, and got ™

#8 | Posted by Danforth at 2018-08-17 06:48 PM | Reply

This new deal doesn't seem to change much....at all....

#9 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-08-17 07:02 PM | Reply

#8 Shut up smart. (TM)

#10 | Posted by bored at 2018-08-17 07:47 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#7 | Posted by bored

Kiss my what?

#11 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-08-18 05:23 PM | Reply

This new deal doesn't seem to change much....at all....

#9 | Posted by Sycophant

How do you know what it is?

#12 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-08-18 05:24 PM | Reply

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