Published: Wed, May 10, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Kushner Emerged As Conduit For Canada On NAFTA Talks

Kushner Emerged As Conduit For Canada On NAFTA Talks

The bad news? Trump is so volatile that he needs to be reeled in by another world leader.

The National Post reported that White House aides reached out to Trudeau's office to ask the Canadian prime minister to persuade Trump to stick with NAFTA, citing Canadian government sources. The rumour knocked nearly two per cent off the Mexican peso and a third of a cent off the loonie. Most recently, a bipartisan group of 68 House members sent a letter in late April to the White House, asking Trump to insist Canada comply with its trade obligations. Trump's threats of dissolving the North American Free Trade Agreement and placing tariffs on Mexican-built vehicles put the auto industry on alert. It was unclear according to those reports whether the draft order was prepared as a negotiating tactic or in the hopes Trump might actually move forward with it. "At least they were open to the conversation, and that stopped them doing something rash and destructive". Trump also spoke to Pena Nieto and, a few hours later, the White House issued a statement: NAFTA was saved, for now, and would be renegotiated - not terminated.

A spokeswoman for Trudeau declined comment.

The White House did not immediately respond to request for comment.

"I think he's one of the best - maybe the best - single Trump nominee so far", Brown said. And intensity of sentiment differs widely along party lines: While 33% of Republicans believe NAFTA has been very bad for the country, only 6% of Democrats agree. "Relationships are good-deal very possible!"

"If we diminish our competitiveness in a way that makes it more attractive for those supply chains to just fully up and leave North America, that could essentially be the death knell for American manufacturing", he said.

Trump acknowledged a speedy USA withdrawal would be a "pretty big shock to the system", which was the basis of Trudeau's argument.

The president got tough in a trade dispute with Canada, slapping tariffs of up to 24 percent on Canadian softwood lumber shipped into the U.S. Kushner reportedly told his Canadian counterparts that Trudeau and Trump needed to discuss the matter themselves. The prime minister stressed the economic disruption that would be caused in people's lives, should the deal be suddenly jettisoned. As Donald Trump has been parading around the West Wing in his bathrobe and terrorizing aides and the global community with mood swings, erratic tweets, and a seemingly endless list of things he didn't realize were so complicated until he became president, there has been a contingent of his staff who have been attempting to manipulate the president in some pretty unusual ways. He officially pulled the USA out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal with a dozen Pacific Rim nations, began a large-scale review of US trade deficits and trade deals, and opened investigations into imported steel and aluminum.

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