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As NAFTA Talks Begin Anew, Trump Threats Have Mexico Spoiling for a Fight

Posted September 01, 2017

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Alexander Panetta – Canadian Press)

A second round of NAFTA negotiations gets underway Friday in a country that has long served as Donald Trump’s political whipping boy. Increasingly, there are indications Mexico is willing to whip back.

After quietly, calmly working with Trump, the centrist governing party has declared a red line: if the president starts to withdraw from NAFTA as he’s threatening, the Enrique Pena Nieto government says it’s leaving the negotiating table.

Its domestic critics want more.

Trump’s unpopularity in Mexico practically defies the laws of political science. A Pew survey puts his support here just north of the margin of error for zero, with a mere five per cent of Mexicans expressing confidence in the U.S. president. Click here to read more.

Related: Navigating NAFTA (The Guardian-PEI)