Hurrah for President's New Bond With Mexico

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Given all the rhetorical arrows President Donald Trump sent Mexico's way during his 2016 presidential campaign, it must come as some surprise that the nation's southern neighbor is the one now seeing eye to eye with him on issues of regional free trade.

Trump announced this week a "tentative" trade agreement with Mexico. Based on principles only, its details are still sketchy and subject to revision. But the most noteworthy fact about it pertains to the strategy with which this agreement has been created. Trump and the Mexican negotiators excluded Canada, an economy and Anglophone culture joined almost seamlessly to the U.S., from the talks that led up to this breakthrough.

Based on initial reports, it is certain that provisions dealing with copyrights and automobile parts will make certain special interests more or less happy.

 

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