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UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 16, 2017

U.S. demands big NAFTA changes, setting stage for tough talks

The United States won’t settle for cosmetic changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement, the top U.S. trade negotiator said, as negotiations to rework terms of the pact began.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017

Rhetoric over: 3-nation efforts to revise NAFTA begin

Of all the trade deals he lambasted on the campaign trail as threats to American workers, President Donald Trump reserved particular scorn for one: The North American Free Trade Agreement.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017

Trump NAFTA win may rest on helping Mexican workers get a raise

It would be in America’s self-interest. Trump wants to stop U.S. companies from moving to Mexico, where workers earn a quarter of what U.S. counterparts make. Closing that gap might …


Mexico says it’s willing to talk on sensitive NAFTA issues

Mexico said Wednesday it is willing to talk about tough issues in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which is set to start Aug. 16.


Trump wants new NAFTA deal to cut trade deficit with Mexico

President Donald Trump vowed Monday to boost U.S. manufacturing by cutting the $64 billion trade deficit with Mexico as he showcased products made in all 50 states – everything from …


Perdue meeting on agriculture a prelude to NAFTA renegotiation

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue meets Tuesday with his counterparts from Canada and Mexico for what he called candid talks on “irritants” in the three-way trade relationship that will be a …


From apples to wheat, NAFTA has been a boon for Washington agriculture

For Washington apples the North American Free Trade Agreement has been a good deal.


UPDATED: Sun., May 21, 2017

Canada prepared for talks to rework NAFTA, trade minister says

Canada is prepared to start talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and is confident it will get a successful outcome, Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said Sunday.


UPDATED: Fri., May 19, 2017

Prospect of NAFTA rewrite gives US farmers a case of jitters

A sizable majority of rural Americans backed Donald Trump’s presidential bid, drawn to his calls to slash environmental rules, strengthen law enforcement and replace the federal health care law.


U.S. seeks to shift trade tides as it starts NAFTA overhaul

The Trump administration took its first formal step toward renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, setting the stage for talks that could influence more than $1.2 trillion in annual …


Trump administration announces plans to renegotiate NAFTA

Making good on a campaign promise, the Trump administration formally told Congress Thursday that it intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico.


Perdue offers hope for farming issues in Trump administration

Sonny Perdue’s views on agriculture offer some hope for longer-term stability. It wouldn’t make sense for Trump to nominate him and then ignore him.


UPDATED: Wed., April 26, 2017

White House: Trump says U.S. will not withdraw from NAFTA

President Donald Trump on Wednesday told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, just hours after administration officials …


GOP establishment sees Trump’s shifts as a move toward a ‘conventional Republican’

Donald Trump campaigned as an outsider who would upend years of Washington, District of Columbia, orthodoxy in matters of both war and peace – an approach that helped him assemble …


UPDATED: Fri., March 31, 2017

Analysis: Trump just kicked off NAFTA renegotiation. History tells us how that will go.

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump hated NAFTA. Hated it. “NAFTA has been a disaster for our country,” he said. “NAFTA has to be totally gotten rid of. Something has …


Top Mexico candidate blasts Trump, plans to redo NAFTA

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto may be taking a cautious stance in his public comments on President Donald Trump, but the man who currently figures to be his successor is …


Trump’s NAFTA revamp could near boiling point at Mexico vote

President Donald Trump’s timetable to negotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement threatens to slip into an election year for Mexico, which could feel the economic impact of the uncertainty …


Mexico warns U.S. it will cut off NAFTA talks if tariffs proposed

Mexico’s top trade negotiator doubled down on threats to break off talks to rework NAFTA, saying his country will walk away if the U.S. insists on slapping duties or quotas …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017

Senate confirms billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as commerce secretary

The Senate has confirmed billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as commerce secretary as President Donald Trump adds to his economic team.


Robert J. Samuelson: Trade warrior takes on phantom menace

What Trump gets from his trade crusade is a (false) rallying cry for more U.S. jobs. What the United States gets, if anything, is less clear.


TPP’s demise hits close to home

Promising new economic opportunities have been buried. That’s especially painful for Washington, the most trade-dependent state in the union.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017

Sen. Patty Murray maintains pressure on Betsy DeVos, other Trump nominees, defends NAFTA

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray on Tuesday said President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees posed unprecedented “complex financial and legal issues” ahead of planned confirmation votes. The long-serving Democrat also advised against …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 24, 2017

Nike, Ford caught in crossfire of Trump’s trade overhaul

Sneaker producers, automakers and retail giants are facing tumult in their international operations as President Donald Trump pushes ahead with a dramatic overhaul of U.S. trade policy. His decision not …


Canada signals possible U.S. trade deal that excludes Mexico

Canada’s government will consider bilateral trade measures during renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, a sign it could potentially move ahead at least in part without Mexico.


Mexico says it wants to negotiate changes to NAFTA with Trump as soon as possible

MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s new foreign relations secretary says the country isn’t only willing to negotiate changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement, it wants negotiations as soon as …


Trump tariff on GM would violate NAFTA, but that may not stop him

As president, Donald Trump won’t be able to punish General Motors for building cars in Mexico without violating NAFTA. That may not stop him from taking an unprecedented step against …


Donald Trump’s promises trigger fears of a trade war that would damage Washington’s economy

Trade experts warn that Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric foreshadows a trade war with China and a scrapping of hard-won tariff reductions. Washington state farmers, who would be among the casualties …


Trudy Rubin: Mexico also awaits election outcome

Mexico, the United States and Canada are now tied into a single integrated economy that would be extremely difficult to tear apart.


Wrecking world trade in a few easy steps

The United States needs to ensure that more of its own middle class shares in the benefits of globalization. Trump’s policies, however, could trigger a trade war, or wars.,


UAW leader suggests union will back Hillary Clinton for president

United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams said his union won’t endorse Donald Trump for U.S. president, all but assuring support for Hillary Clinton as she closes in on the Democratic …