Trump has yet to visit any Latin American country since taking office and may once again demonstrate his lack of interest if he does not attend the Summit of the Americas, which will happen in Peru this April.
If Trump announces the United States’ departure from NAFTA, it could just be a bargaining chip to buy popularity in the United States among his voter base.
<i>The unanswered question of whether Mexico will continue to rely on NAFTA to place its products in duty-free markets generates more speculation than realistic responses. A final answer will come from the decisions made in the three capitals involved. There are various possibilities. The first of these, disconnecting [Read more]
At the end of the day, the bedrock question remains unanswered: do the Americans want a new deal on NAFTA or not?
Trump made decisions opposing NAFTA, with the logic of a grocery store clerk unable to look at the big picture of trade, the economy and the trilateral relationship.
The NAFTA talks have been dominated to date by the obnoxious behavior of the American side — the strident demands for concessions without recompense, the threats, the whining in the media.
This American powerlessness provides three lessons that we would be wrong to ignore.
He will respond by attacking, and on the way he will carry millions of people who will lose their health system, get deported, or die in a meaningless war before he actually goes before the court.