U.S., Mexico Sparring Before Nafta Talks Sets Dim Tone

Wall Street Journal, Sep 1, 2017
by Robbie Whelan and Jacob M. Schlesinger

The second round of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement begins here Friday under a dark cloud after both the U.S. and Mexico raised the stakes dramatically in recent days.

U.S. President Donald Trump has jolted the tone of the meetings with renewed calls to pull out of the 23-year-old deal linking the economies of the U.S., Canada and Mexico—a drastic course U.S. officials said he came close to pursuing in April before backing down and agreeing instead to negotiate.

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