Can Congress even approve a U.S.-Mexico trade deal that leaves out Canada?

Tracey Samuelson Aug 28, 2018
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Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks to the media Aug. 28, 2018 in Washington, DC. Freeland arrived in Washington to rejoin trilateral trade negotiations, after interrupting a trip to France, Germany and Ukraine.  NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

Can Congress even approve a U.S.-Mexico trade deal that leaves out Canada?

Tracey Samuelson Aug 28, 2018
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks to the media Aug. 28, 2018 in Washington, DC. Freeland arrived in Washington to rejoin trilateral trade negotiations, after interrupting a trip to France, Germany and Ukraine.  NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
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Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland was back in Washington on Tuesday, rejoining NAFTA negotiations with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer after weeks on the sidelines. The United States and Mexico have sketched out the beginnings of an agreement, and the question now is whether Canada can be brought into the deal. On Monday, President Donald Trump seemed ready to move ahead with a U.S.-Mexico agreement absent a timely deal with Canada. That would complicate businesses and supply chains, for sure. It might also not work legislatively, thanks to something called Trade Promotion Authority.

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