Pandemic looms over Trump trade day with Mexican president



Gavin Bade and Sabrina Rodriguez | Politico

Both leaders are seeking to rebuild their economies, but the new trade deal is not expected to add much immediately.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday celebrated the beginning of the new North American trade pact, symbolically signing his signature trade deal with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in a ceremony at the White House.

The signing marked a rare bipartisan diplomatic achievement for a president staring down a resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic as he enters a heated election season trailing former Vice President Joe Biden.

But Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau deprived Trump the chance to present himself as the dealmaker-in-chief, skipping the trip in part over concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic and the U.S.’ threat to reimpose tariffs on Canadian aluminum and steel.

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