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Lighthizer Privately Doubts Trump’s NAFTA Withdrawal Threat Helps New Trade Deal


(Adam Behsudi – Politico)

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has signaled to lawmakers doubts about the effectiveness of President Donald Trump’s threat to withdraw from NAFTA as a way to force a divided Congress to vote on a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico.

In recent discussions with Democratic lawmakers, Lighthizer indicated he is not necessarily supportive of that tactic and is instead committed to a constructive dialogue for getting the deal passed in Congress next year, according to sources on Capitol Hill with knowledge of recent meetings.

Lighthizer made clear in one recent conversation with a Democratic lawmaker that the White House would be making the decision to potentially withdraw from NAFTA on its own, said one source familiar with the exchange. Click here to read more.

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