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For Trump, NAFTA Could Be the Next Obamacare

Posted April 05, 2017

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues


(Michael Grunwald – Politico Magazine)

In his apocalyptic campaign speeches, Donald Trump routinely cited two catastrophic messes he would clean up as president: Obamacare and NAFTA. Then his push to undo Obamacare became his first policy fiasco in the White House.

Now Trump may be poised to repeat history with NAFTA.

Health care and trade don’t have much in common beyond complexity and political sensitivity. But there are striking similarities between Trump’s approach to Obamacare and his approach to the North American Free Trade Agreement, the 23-year-old pact with Mexico and Canada that he’s called the worst trade deal in history. The parallels include his over-the-top dystopian attacks on their disastrous stupidity, his over-the-top utopian pledges to replace them with a terrific alternative to be named later, and his blithe confidence that his negotiating partners would give him what he wanted. Click here to read more.

Related: U.S. Labor Chief Wants More Drastic Changes to NAFTA from Trump (Reuters)