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Wondering What Goes on Between Donald Trump’s Ears? You’re Not Alone.

Posted October 20, 2017

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues


(Marie-Danielle Smith & Stuart Thomson – National Post)

As the fourth round of negotiations on an updated North American Free Trade Agreement wrapped up Tuesday, we asked a roster of Canadian experts (and an American, too) to put themselves in the president’s shoes.

Here’s what they had to say.

Not a normal negotiation

Meredith Lilly, Simon Reisman Chair in International Affairs at Carleton University and former international trade adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper

“This is the furthest thing from a normal negotiation that we’ve ever experienced. This is the first time Canada has entered into negotiations with a country whose leadership doesn’t necessarily want a deal — at least not one that would ever be acceptable to Mexico and Canada,” said Lilly.

That makes it difficult for those two countries to bargain seriously on the toughest issues if the U.S. has “one foot out the door,” she said. Click here to read more.

Related: Trump’s Zero-Sum Game Has Likely Doomed NAFTA (Globe & Mail)