The Trump Approach to Trade Negotiations: Risks in Presenting a Renegotiated NAFTA to a Skeptical Congress



David A. Gantz | Baker Institute

On August 31, 2018, President Donald Trump formally advised Congress that he planned to “enter into a trade agreement with Mexico—and Canada if it is willing, in a timely manner.” The deal is tentative and incomplete in that a full text will not be completed until the end of September and most of the details are not available to Congress or the public. The president also threatened to terminate NAFTA if Congress fails to accept a bilateral agreement with Mexico (in lieu of a trilateral one with Canada as well).


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