Trump takes NAFTA hostage with threat of steel tariffs

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Opinion

We were warned early on by Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland that the NAFTA talks would be rocky. She was right. We are through seven rounds and more clouds hang over the talks than ever. With a Mexican election on July 1, and the fall U.S. midterms surely pushing talks into 2019, the U.S. President has looked to the steel tariffs to shake the trees loose, so to speak. In a week that showed how protectionist President Trump really is, Canada and Mexico now face hostage-taking tactics by their neighbour. Meet the White House’ terms, or else… We have large…

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