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Volume 53, September/October 2018, Number 5 · pp. 291-292

Letter from America

NAFTA on the Brink

Geoffrey Gertz

During the last presidential campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly attacked the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), labeling it "the worst trade deal ever" and promising to renegotiate the pact should he be elected. Although presidents do not always follow through on their campaign rhetoric, Trump's aggressive and uncompromising approach to international trade was one of the few policy areas in which he held deep-seated preferences. Thus there was reason to believe that this would be a top priority for the administration.


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