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World Trade Online
Freeland: Trump administration is ‘explicitly protectionist’

January 31, 2018

Two days after the sixth round of NAFTA negotiations ended with harsh words from the United States – directed mostly at Canada – Ottawa’s foreign affairs minister, Chrystia Freeland, accused the Trump administration of seeking to diminish its trade relationship with Canada and the world.

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World Trade Online
Ross: TPP-11 countries ‘don’t have their act together’ yet, so next steps for U.S. unclear

January 31, 2018

The United States cannot seriously consider rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership yet because the 11 other countries haven’t yet resolved some key issues, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Wednesday.

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World Trade Online
Trudeau predicts U.S. won't withdraw from NAFTA, says Canada has mutiple contingency plans

January 31, 2018

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau doesn't think President Trump is going to withdraw from NAFTA after all, he said this week – but if he does, Canada has a Plan B, a Plan C, and more.

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World Trade Online
Lighthizer: U.S. will soon select an African country for a 'model' free trade deal

January 31, 2018

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer expects the U.S. will soon strike a free trade deal with a “properly selected” African country that will become a model for others in the region, he said on Wednesday.

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World Trade Online
Ag community fears unintended consequences of Trump's trade actions

January 31, 2018

The agriculture community remains worried about retaliation from U.S. trading partners and other unintended consequences stemming from unrelated trade actions taken by the Trump administration, according to Lisa Van Doren, the vice president of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives.

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Reuters
Trump gets a pro-NAFTA letter from GOP senators just ahead of the State of the Union

January 30, 2018

As expect Mexico said on Tuesday that it was open to changes to rules of origin for automobiles, one of the most contentious issues negotiators face in modernizing the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement.

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World Trade Online
Lawmakers, manufacturing groups eye infrastructure plan for 'Buy America' boost

January 30, 2018

Lawmakers and industry associations are calling on President Trump to act on promises to bolster “Buy America” policies by including provisions in the administration's infrastructure plan slated to be completed next month

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World Trade Online
Dèjá vu? Trump's Davos swing restores TPP, TTIP to the conversation

January 30, 2018

President Trump’s trade message at last week’s World Economic Forum largely hewed to previous commitments to shake up the trade world (“we are working to reform the international trading system,” he told world leaders), but his visit to Davos, Switzerland, and its aftermath also added some new wrinkles to the emerging trade equation.

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World Trade Online
Lighthizer by the numbers: Why U.S., Canadian deficit figures differ

January 30, 2018

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and his Canadian counterpart in the NAFTA talks, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, each took to the podium in Montreal yesterday wielding deficit numbers in support of their arguments about what to do with the agreement.

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Politico
Republicans seek to tame Trump on trade

January 29, 2018

Forget the stalemate over immigration and spending. Right now, Republicans are most worried about President Donald Trump’s trade policy.

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The Wall Street Journal
Leaving Nafta Would Cost $50 Billion a Year

January 29, 2018

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer met in Montreal Monday with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts for a critical day of negotiations over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Mr. Lighthizer told the press that “some progress was made” at the talks. That’s good. Withdrawing from Nafta would be a $50-billion-a-year mistake for the U.S.

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Financial Times
Washington says Nafta talks are moving too slowly

January 29, 2018

Talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement are moving too slowly, Donald Trump’s trade tsar complained on Monday as he rejected a Canadian proposal to rethink the rules governing the auto trade on the continent.

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World Trade Online
Lighthizer: Senators must confirm USTR

January 29, 2018

If senators want the North American Free Trade Agreement to be renegotiated faster and talks on other deals initiated they should confirm U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s deputies, the Trump administration's top trade negotiator said on Monday.

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World Trade Online
USTR: Canada’s WTO challenge highlights dangers of binding NAFTA dispute settlement

January 29, 2018

Canada’s sweeping World Trade Organization challenge of how the U.S. administers trade remedies has reinforced U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s position that binding dispute settlement is dangerous and should be kept out of a retooled North American Free Trade Agreement, he said here on Monday.

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World Trade Online
NAFTA round wraps up as KORUS talks reignite; Trump to set a 'narrative' on China in State of the Union

January 29, 2018

Trade negotiators have a full slate this week as the sixth round of the North American Free Trade Agreement talks concludes with a ministerial meeting on Monday in Montreal, just in time for the next round of negotiations on reworking the U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement.

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World Trade Online
Lighthizer rejects Canada’s auto rules-of-origin ideas, laments slow pace of talks

January 29, 2018

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Monday closed a sixth NAFTA negotiating round here by roundly rejecting a Canadian auto rules-of-origin proposal and other new ideas advanced by Ottawa, acknowledging some progress in the talks but lamenting their slow pace and stressing the urgency of speeding them up.

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World Trade Online
Grassley: ‘America First’ Means a Modernized NAFTA’

January 29, 2018

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Jan. 26 used an op-ed in the far-right news website Breitbart to emphasize the benefits of NAFTA to U.S. agriculture.

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World Trade Online
Reichert: Lighthizer ‘hopeful’ about NAFTA as sixth round nears end

January 28, 2018

House Ways & Means trade subcommittee chairman Dave Reichert (R-WA) said on Sunday that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is optimistic about the state of the NAFTA talks after the two met here on the penultimate day of the sixth round of negotiations

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World Trade Online
Despite Democrats’ hope, USTR has not indicated it will push for NAFTA labor standards that go beyond TPP

January 28, 2018

The U.S. has not tabled a new NAFTA labor proposal that goes beyond an initial offer which largely mirrored what was negotiated in the Trans-Pacific Partnership and has not indicated it would do so in the talks, a move likely to draw the ire of Democrats and jeopardize their support for a final deal, sources and lawmakers here told Inside U.S. Trade.

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World Trade Online
Ahead of State of the Union, GOP senators to urge Trump to advance economy by preserving NAFTA

January 27, 2018

The sixth round of NAFTA negotiations will wrap up Monday with a chapter on anti-corruption closed and significant progress made on several others that have been near completion for months, sources here told Inside U.S. Trade, but the three countries have not made headway on labor and other controversial issues

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The Wall Street Journal
NAFTA ministers set to announce talks to continue amid optimism

January 29, 2018

The United States, Canada and Mexico look set to announce on Monday that talks to revamp the NAFTA trade deal will continue despite major differences that are far from being settled.

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The Wall Street Journal
Canada, Mexico Reject Proposal to Rework Nafta Corporate Arbitration System

January 26, 2018

Mexico and Canada have rejected a proposal by the Trump administration to remake a corporate arbitration system that is a key part of the North American Free Trade Agreement, according to people involved in talks to update the pact.

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Financial Times
Political concerns push back Nafta talks deadline

January 26, 2018

Talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, originally intended to be completed by the end of last year, appear set to drag well into 2018 as elections looming in Mexico, Canada and the US complicate efforts to strike a deal.

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Bloomberg
Trump Sees ‘Good Chance’ on Nafta as Montreal Talks Push On

January 25, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump joined Canadian and Mexican officials in striking an upbeat tone on the North American Free Trade Agreement, with one country’s top negotiator saying talks have been constructive on divisive issues.

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Reuters
U.S. 'intransigence' would hurt NAFTA talks -Union Pacific CEO

January 25, 2018

United States officials who are in talks to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will not reach the “right spot” during final negotiations without a collaborative approach, Union Pacific Corp railroad’s top executive told Reuters on Thursday.

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Financial Times
Trump takes aim at Canada over trade frustrations

January 25, 2018

For much of the past year Donald Trump has aimed his trade ire at Mexico, which the US president portrays as a lawless southern neighbour.

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World Trade Online
Sources: Canada’s ideas on autos gaining traction with U.S. ahead of formal presentation

January 25, 2018

The U.S. negotiating team showed interest in the Canadian government’s ideas for a new NAFTA automotive rule of origin during a preliminary discussion on Wednesday, potentially breaking a deadlock on the issue during a sixth renegotiation round here, sources close to the talks tell Inside U.S. Trade.

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World Trade Online
Trump talks TPP, says he would be 'open' to a better deal

January 25, 2018

President Trump said on Thursday that he would be open to joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership if “we were able to make a substantially better deal.”

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World Trade Online
Chamber to U.S. NAFTA negotiators: Scrap ‘damaging’ government procurement proposal

January 25, 2018

A U.S. win in its efforts to curtail Canadian and Mexican access to government-procurement markets could cost U.S. industry billions, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce warns, labeling the U.S. NAFTA proposal a “disaster.” The U.S. should “reconsider this damaging proposal,” argues John Murphy, Chamber senior vice president for trade and investment policy, which he said “promises no benefit and considerable harm.”

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World Trade Online
AFL-CIO joins with Mexican union to file NAFTA complaint with the Labor Department

January 25, 2018

U.S. and Mexican unions will file a complaint with the U.S. Labor Department claiming Mexico is violating its NAFTA labor obligations, Reuters reported on Thursday – a move timed to affect ongoing talks about retooling the agreement.

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World Trade Online
Brady: Lawmakers headed to Montreal to 'keep up the fight' on NAFTA

January 25, 2018

heads to Montreal this weekend to “remind” negotiators of the importance of NAFTA, and he won't be the only lawmaker there: A Ways & Means delegation led by trade panel Chairman Dave Reichert (R-WA has headed north as well to “keep up the fight,” Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) said this week.

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Bloomberg
From Cars to Cows, Here’s Where Nafta Talks Stand on Big Issues

January 24, 2018

Canada and Mexico are reluctant to give in, and say some U.S. demands to shrink its trade deficit would cause more harm than having no North American Free Trade Agreement at all.

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The Wall Street Journal
Nafta Termination Is Top Risk for Canada, Poloz Says

January 24, 2018

The possible dissolution of the North American Free Trade Agreement is the top downside risk for the Canadian economy, Bank of Canada Gov. Stephen Poloz said Thursday.

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World Trade Online
Report: LG, citing Trump moves, tells retailers it will raise prices on washers

January 24, 2018

South Korean-based LG Electronics plans to raise prices on washing machines because of the U.S. decision to raise tariffs on imports, the company said.

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World Trade Online
Ross: U.S. will not forgo global leadership, but will change the current trade structure

January 24, 2018

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had a clear message for the globalists gathered at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday: the U.S. will lead an overhaul of the global trade structure, but it will not accept the status quo or empty promises from its trading partners.

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World Trade Online
Analysts consider NAFTA countries' response to Trump's Sec. 201 actions

January 24, 2018

President Trump's move to punish Canada, Mexico and other trading partners in safeguard decisions announced this week has analysts weighing the administration's rationale and mulling steps those countries could take to challenge the rulings.

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World Trade Online
Sources expect NAFTA talks will extend beyond March; Guajardo, Brady downplay deadline

January 24, 2018

Negotiating teams here have lowered expectations for what the three NAFTA ministers will be able to accomplish when they convene at the end of the sixth round of talks here, with some sources saying they expect negotiations will continue past a late March deadline set last fall.

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Washington Post
Don’t end NAFTA. Mend it.

January 23, 2018

All major nations’ economies are growing, according to the International Monetary Fund. The generalized prosperity has enabled 150 out of 176 IMF-monitored countries in the world to increase exports. Taking advantage of these trends, 11 countries remaining in the Trans-Pacific Partnership after President Trump pulled out of it, including major partners such as Canada, Mexico, Japan and Australia, have decided to push ahead with their own version of that tariff-slashing deal

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The Wall Street Journal
Non-U.S. Nafta Negotiators Seek Compromise in Montreal

January 23, 2018

The chief negotiators for Canada and Mexico on Tuesday vowed flexibility and cooperation in trying to address the toughest U.S. demands for a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement.

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Financial Times
Trudeau touts benefits of trade deals in Davos speech

January 23, 2018

Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, told an audience at the World Economic Forum that he wanted to show the US that there were still benefits in trade agreements at a time when US President Donald Trump has been making increasingly strident protectionist noises

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World Trade Online
Canada strikes TPP side deals on autos with Japan, Malaysia

January 23, 2018

Canada announced Tuesday that it had reached side agreements on autos with Japan and Malaysia as part of negotiations for the new Trans-Pacific Partnership, though it refuted claims that the deal would impact NAFTA talks.

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World Trade Online
Cohn: USTR working on 'a bunch of agreements' beyond NAFTA, KORUS

January 23, 2018

As the U.S pursues retooled trade deals with its closest neighbors and with South Korea, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is also working on several other trade agreements, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn said today, declining to elaborate on which countries might be involved.

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World Trade Online
Trump veers from ITC on 201 exclusions as retaliation talk begins

January 23, 2018

President Trump has targeted solar products from all countries and all imports of large residential washers except those from Canada despite calls from the U.S. International Trade Commission to exempt certain countries, a move that immediately catalyzed trading partners to consider retaliation against the U.S.

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Bloomberg
U.S. Turns Up the Heat in Pivotal New Phase of Nafta Talks

January 22, 2018

In the run-up to the sixth round of talks that are now underway in Montreal, there’s been plenty of saber-rattling and posturing from the three countries. Through it all, a somewhat consistent pattern emerged: U.S. President Donald Trump kept threatening to withdraw from the pact while Canada and Mexico suggested they’d bring fresh thinking to the table to try to resolve some of the touchiest issues

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The Wall Street Journal
TPP Members Reach Agreement on Major Trade Pact

January 22, 2018

Negotiators from 11 Pacific Rim nations agreed Tuesday on a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, the Japanese minister in charge of TPP said, a year after President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the talks.

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World Trade Online
Champagne: Canada will not back down on NAFTA as sixth round starts

January 22, 2018

Canada will stand its ground and protect its industries and workers at the NAFTA negotiating table, but it also will seek “creative” ways to bridge gaps in the most difficult areas of the talks, Canada’s Minister of International Trade François-Philippe Champagne said here on Monday morning a day before the sixth round of talks begins officially

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Financial Times
Trump and trade: White House briefing notes

January 19, 2018

The White House on Friday offered a rare window into its trade plans for 2018 to a small group of reporters. The Financial Times was at one of two briefings held by a senior official who spoke on condition of anonymity. Here, in bullet points, is a distillation of some of the key messages.

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World Trade Online
Canada files for NAFTA Chapter 19 reviews of U.S. duties on Bombardier

January 19, 2018

Canada today submitted requests for NAFTA Chapter 19 panels to review antidumping and countervailing duties the Commerce Department recently placed on Bombardier’s C Series aircraft, a move that has drawn the ire of the Trudeau government in Ottawa..

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Reuters
NAFTA talks seen ending happily, despite growls from Trump

January 19, 2018

The North American Free Trade Agreement will probably be renegotiated successfully with only marginal changes, said a large majority of economists in a Reuters poll, despite the Trump administration’s saber-rattling..

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Bloomberg
Trump Administraton Losing Patience Over Nafta Talks

January 18, 2018

The U.S. is running out of patience with Canadian and Mexican resistance to key American proposals ahead of talks next week on a new North American Free Trade Agreement, two people familiar with the matter said.

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World Trade Online
USTR officials say sixth NAFTA round will take place even if government shuts down

January 18, 2018

A government shutdown will not shut down next week’s NAFTA talks, though the Office of the U.S Trade Representative might have to make do with a smaller retinue in Montreal, sources briefed by USTR officials say.

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World Trade Online
Opposition leader says Canadian Parliament united on NAFTA

January 18, 2018

Andrew Scheer, the leader of Canada’s Conservative opposition party, said on Wednesday that Parliament was “united” on NAFTA

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World Trade Online
Trump says solar decision 'coming soon,' laments 'dumping' of panels

January 18, 2018

President Trump on Wednesday said a decision on whether to impose trade restrictions on solar imports would be issued “pretty soon” and decried what he called the dumping of solar panels into the U.S. market.

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Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores
México reitera su posición sobre la relación bilateral con los Estados Unidos de América

January 18, 2018

El gobierno de México, a través de la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores, reitera lo expresado en sus comunicados del 22 de junio y del 27 de agosto del 2017

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Reuters
Exclusive: Trump says terminating NAFTA would yield the 'best deal' in renegotiations

January 17, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that terminating the North American Free Trade Agreement would result in the “best deal” to revamp the 24-year-old trade pact with Canada and Mexico in favor of U.S. interests.

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The Wall Street Journal
Killing Nafta Would Ruin American Farmers

January 17, 2018

In a Wall Street Journal interview last week, President Trump said if he were to “terminate” the North American Free Trade Agreement, it “would be frankly a positive for our country.”

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The Wall Street Journal
GOP Senator to Block Two Trump Nominees Over Trade Concerns

January 16, 2018

A GOP senator with concerns about President Donald Trump’s trade policy said Wednesday he would block two of the president’s nominees, saying the Trump administration hasn’t been responsive to his concerns on the issue.

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World Trade Online
Ernst: Lighthizer said he was in favor of a NAFTA withdrawal; USTR’s office demurs

January 16, 2018

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) said on Monday that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer last month told a group of senators and the president that he was in favor of withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement

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World Trade Online
Report: U.S. economy would lose 300,000 jobs without NAFTA before rebounding

January 16, 2018

Pulling out of NAFTA would result in a “sharp,” short-term shock to the U.S. economy, though the long-term impact would “likely be mild,” a new analysis says.

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REUTERS
Game of chicken: GM bets on Mexican-made pickup trucks

January 15, 2018

General Motors Co’s (GM.N) assembly plant in Silao, a city in Mexico’s automotive heartland, cranked out more than 400,000 highly profitable, large pickup trucks last year, and is critical to the launch of a new generation of Chevrolet Silverado trucks later this year.

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REUTERS
Major automakers urge Trump administration: don't ditch NAFTA

January 13, 2018

Global automakers on Monday urged the Trump administration not to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement and expressed hope the United States, Canada and Mexico can successfully conclude a modernized and improved trade pact.

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The Wall Street Journal
For Businesses, Donald Trump’s First Year Is a Net Success

January 13, 2018

The tax overhaul that President Donald Trump signed into law last monthcapped a year in which his initiatives on taxes, regulation—and many of his public pronouncements on the economy—have been broadly welcomed by business.

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Financial Times
Nafta withdrawal would hit US GDP without helping trade deficit – report

January 13, 2018

Donald Trump is sticking to his guns on Nafta – that it’s a terrible deal and markets will thank him if he scraps it and negotiates a better one.

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World Trade Online
Seven predictions for trade policy in 2018

January 13, 2018

If 2016 was the year the world shook and 2017 was the year we spent sorting through the new world order of trade then what will 2018 bring?

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World Trade Online
Senate Democrats urge Trump to 'end trade secrecy' by publicizing reports, negotiations

January 12, 2018

The administration must be far more open about U.S. trade negotiations with South Korea, as well as slew of trade-related reports called for by President Trump last year, according to 10 Senate Finance Committee Democrats.

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REUTERS
GM executives defend NAFTA, Mexican truck plant

January 12, 2018

General Motors Co (GM.N) Chief Executive Mary Barra expressed optimism on Saturday that the North American Free Trade Agreement would survive, and other senior GM executives stood by the company’s plans to continue building trucks in Mexico

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REUTERS
Trump, Lighthizer discuss China, NAFTA trade talks: White House

January 12, 2018

President Donald Trump was briefed on Saturday by U.S. trade envoy Robert Lighthizer on U.S. trade with China and talks on revising the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico, a White House spokeswoman said, as the administration considers several new tariff moves in coming weeks.

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The Wall Street Journal
Transcript of Donald Trump Interview With The Wall Street Journal

January 12, 2018

President Donald Trump sat down for an interview Thursday morning with four reporters from The Wall Street Journal: Rebecca Ballhaus, Michael C. Bender, Peter Nicholas and Louise Radnofsky. White House attendees included Communications Director Hope Hicks, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn.

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Forbes
México mantendrá posición firme en renegociación del TLCAN: EPN

January 12, 2018

En presidente Enrique Peña Nieto dijo que México mantendrá una posición firme, seria y constructiva y de buena fe en la renegociación del Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte (TLCAN)..

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New York Times
Mexico Will Never Pay for Trump Wall: Mexican Economy Minister

Mexico has made clear it will never pay for President Donald Trump's planned southern border wall, the country's economy minister said on Thursday, after the U.S. leader again insisted he would make Mexico pay for the barrier.

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World Trade Online
Trump: Mexico could pay for a border wall 'indirectly through NAFTA'

January 11, 2018

Trump was asked about his oft-repeated claims that Mexico will pay for the construction of a wall along its border with the U.S. and said “They can pay for it indirectly through NAFTA.”.

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CNBC
US dollar will get slammed if NAFTA dies, analyst Jens Nordvig says

January 11, 2018

If the U.S. pulls out of NAFTA, the Mexican peso could lose as much as another 10 percent, but the U.S. dollar could also get slammed against major world currencies, according to Jens Nordvig, CEO of Exante Data.

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Bloomberg
Nafta's Dead. Long Live Nafta. A Look at Most Likely Outcomes

January 11, 2018

Markets shuddered on signs the U.S. may be preparing to withdraw from Nafta. But even if President Donald Trump serves notice of a pullout, the trade deal could survive.

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REUTERS
Mexico will leave NAFTA talks if Trump triggers process to withdraw

January 11, 2018

Mexico will leave the NAFTA negotiating table if U.S. President Donald Trump decides to trigger a 6-month process to withdraw from the trade pact, three Mexican sources with knowledge of the talks told Reuters on Wednesday.

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REUTERS
Trump could use NAFTA withdrawal letter as negotiating leverage

January 11, 2018

A NAFTA termination letter from U.S. President Donald Trump could become the ultimate sleight of hand from Washington as it seeks to gain negotiating leverage over Canada and Mexico in talks to update the 24-year-old trade pact.

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Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR)
USTR Robert Lighthizer Statement on the Canadian WTO Challenge to Trade Remedies

January 11, 2018

Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today issued the following statement in regard to the case filed by Canada with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against U.S. disciplinary practices and procedures:

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World Trade Online
Former Mexican trade official: Stock market concerns, midterms could save NAFTA

January 10, 2018

The potential impact of a NAFTA withdrawal on the stock market, as well as the 2018 U.S. midterm elections, make it less likely President Trump will pull out of the deal, a former Mexican trade official argued this week – putting the chances of a U.S. withdrawal at between 20 and 25 percent.

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World Trade Online
Lighthizer slams Canada’s trade remedy WTO consultation request, says it aids China

January 10, 2018

If Canada succeeds in a new World Trade Organization challenge of six U.S. trade remedy practices, it will harm itself -- reducing U.S. trust in Canada as a trading partner -- and help China by undermining U.S. rules designed to prevent Chinese products from surging into the U.S., U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in response to Canada’s request for consultations at the WTO.

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World Trade Online
Chamber: White House factoring in election implications of NAFTA withdrawal

January 10, 2018

The White House is considering the impact that walking away from the North American Free Trade Agreement would have on the midterm prospects for Republican candidates in key battleground states as it weighs whether the U.S. should trigger withdrawal, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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REUTERS
Exclusive: Canada increasingly sure Trump to pull plug on NAFTA – sources

January 10, 2018

Canada is increasingly convinced that U.S. President Donald Trump will soon announce that the United States intends to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, two government sources said on Wednesday.

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Bloomberg
Mexico Nafta Chief Signals Room for Deal on U.S. Cars Goal

January 10, 2018

Mexico’s Economy Minister signaled there is common ground over a key U.S. objective ahead of the next round of Nafta talks, saying that strengthening the regional content rules for cars would be a victory for all three member nations.

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Politico
A year later, Trump still able to woo farmers

January 10, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Donald Trump won the presidency in large part by appealing to rural voters. If the sentiment at this week’s American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention is any indication, he is still their guy.

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World Trade Online
Freeland, Reichert assure each other they are committed to a NAFTA solution

January 10, 2018

Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA), chairman of the House Ways and Means trade subcommittee, on Tuesday said he and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland had discussed a shared commitment to the successful renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement – a process that Reichert acknowledged was “unconventional.”

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World Trade Online
Energy association head: NAFTA allows for affordable energy; benefits must be maintained

January 9, 2018

American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard, in his annual “state of American energy” address on Tuesday, argued that NAFTA makes energy more affordable and said the benefits of the oft-maligned pact must be maintained.

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World Trade Online
Sources: Canada and Mexico – but not South Korea – to be excluded from safeguard remedies

January 9, 2018

The administration plans to exclude Canada and Mexico from any remedies resulting from Section 201 investigations into imports of solar products and large residential washers due to safeguard provisions in the North American Free Trade Agreement, sources tell Inside U.S. Trade.

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World Trade Online
As next NAFTA round nears, restive Canadians talk up ‘good signs,’ ‘dynamic relationships’

January 8, 2018

Talks about reconfiguring NAFTA will resume in little more than two weeks, and it’s becoming increasingly apparent that the next round shapes up, for many, to be a potentially defining moment in the negotiations. Why else, for example, would the Canadian government send three cabinet members to the U.S. to promote, as one put it, “the dynamic relationship between our two countries?”

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World Trade Online
USDA officials call for Canada to present NAFTA proposals as Trump sidesteps NAFTA

January 8, 2018

Canada must step up its engagement in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Under Secretary for Trade Ted McKinney said in remarks at the annual American Farm Bureau Federation conference -- while President Trump hardly mentioned the pact in his speech.

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Bloomberg
Trump Tells Farmers His Tax Cuts Will Boost the Rural Economy

January 5, 2018

Trump’s speech at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual conference in Nashville was his first policy address since Congress passed the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul. He said agricultural producers, businesses and workers will all benefit from the legislation, and that easing regulations will get better biotechnology products into farmers’ hands.

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The Wall Street Journal
Farmers Seek Signs That Trump Has Eased Opposition to Nafta

January 5, 2018

WASHINGTON—When President Donald Trump addresses the U.S. agricultural community Monday, farmers will be looking for signs that a recent push to lobby him in support of the North American Free Trade Agreement has been successful.

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The Wall Street Journal
Trump Courts Economic Mayhem

January 5, 2018

President Trump’s new National Security Strategy argues that the U.S. must compete in a hostile world. Yet the White House also wants to retreat behind trade barriers. The Trump administration has stacked up a pile of trade cases that will come tumbling down early in 2018. More important than any specific case is the signal of a strategy of economic defeatism.

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World Trade Online
Lighthizer meets with solar groups; safeguard action could come within days

January 5, 2018

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer met with solar groups this week to discuss remedy options in the Section 201 investigation into crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and modules, which one solar industry official says could lead to action as soon as next week.

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World Trade Online
Republican senators tell Trump NAFTA mistakes will jeopardize stock market gains

January 4, 2018

A group of Republican senators was set on Thursday to warn the president that the stock market gains he repeatedly touts could be jeopardized if the administration moves to withdraw from NAFTA, as he has repeatedly threatened to do, senators and sources involved in the planning of the meeting told Inside U.S. Trade.

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New York Times
Canada Criticizes U.S. Softwood Lumber Duties, Vows to Resist

January 3, 2018

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The Canadian government on Wednesday criticized the United States for a decision to impose duties on certain softwood lumber exports and underlined its determination to fight the move.

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World Trade Online
Eurasia Group: Mexico a top political risk in 2018

January 3, 2018

Citing the uncertainty over NAFTA's future, Eurasia Group – a political risk consulting firm – has put Mexico at No. 4 on its annual list of the biggest potential problems for 2018

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The Wall Street Journal
Free Trade Has Been a Boon for Energy Independence

January 1, 2018

As turbulent as Donald Trump’s political career has been thus far, he has always been consistent about two things: First, that the U.S. should aggressively pursue energy independence; second, that the U.S. is getting short shrift on its trade deals, including the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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Politico
White House aides already anxious about 2018

January 1, 2018

Senior staff are looking down the pike of a difficult year, from the looming West Wing brain drain and ongoing Russia inquiries to the threat of a Democratic wave in the midterms

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