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Lighthizer Pulls Out of Peru Summit Amid Continuing Talks


(Eric Martin – Bloomberg)

President Donald Trump’s top NAFTA negotiator canceled his participation in the Summit of the Americas that begins Friday, following in his boss’s footsteps and casting doubt on when trade ministers will next be able to meet to discuss the accord.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will no longer attend the meeting in Lima, spokeswoman Emily Davis said in an emailed response to questions, citing a change in schedule. Deputy C.J. Mahoney will go in his place, Davis said.

Lighthizer’s decision comes after the announcement on Monday that Trump was canceling his trip to the summit as he contemplates a military response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria. The Trump administration last week was pushing to announce a framework Nafta deal at the summit. Click here to read more.

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