NAFTA 2.0 – Are its days numbered? – National Newswatch

by ahnationtalk on October 12, 201752 Views

Oct 12 2017

PENTAGON CITY, VA – The Trump Administration is taking the gloves off. Were they ever on? President Trump told Fortune that a breakdown and pulling the plug was necessary to fix NAFTA.

I was taught that trade negotiations were exercises in good faith. This rule does not apply in the world according to President Trump.

Canada’s Global Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has demonstrated her superb oratorical and communications skills to try to breathe life into the stagnation which has characterized the NAFTA 2.0 negotiations to-date. Given the hair trigger inclinations of Trump and USTR Robert Lighthizer, Canada must project a positive and optimistic perspective.

With the second shoe dropping on Bombardier, and the frustration of continuing uncertainty on lumber, the forced optimism is wearing thin. Minister Freeland is characterizing the Trump Administration as the most protectionist since the 1930s. This is overly charitable – Trump, Ross, Navarro and Lighthizer will make Smoot and Hawley look like amateurs.

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