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Some say Nafta’s real challenge is Canada, not Mexico

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Many of Donald Trump’s fiercest attacks during the campaign were centered on Mexico, and how our southern neighbor had used Nafta to take advantage of us and steal American jobs.

But among some politicians, trade analysts and business people, recent complaints about Nafta have focused on a different target -- Canada.

The tension was on display last week at a confirmation hearing for Trump's main trade negotiator. One by one, both Democrats and Republicans pressed Robert Lighthizer, Trump’s nominee for United States Trade Representative, about what they described as Canada's transgressions in trade. The senators mentioned Mexico in a much more flattering light, as a major market for U.S. agricultural exports that they pressed Lighthizer to protect.

Source: Washington Post