The president is too busy throwing out rhetorical hand grenades and tweets, while accusing the media of a witch hunt over his collusion with Russian Federation to spend time worrying about Canadian relations.
As the Trump administration moves closer to renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, it's becoming increasingly clear that some of the key debates from the now-dormant Trans-Pacific Partnership will persist throughout the upcoming NAFTA talks. In other words, Trump has ended up embracing some of his free trade-loving predecessor's values instead of repudiating them.
But Guajardo said the priorities for the forthcoming talks presented by the US administration of President Donald Trump in a document Monday contained "no surprises".
The outcome of those negotiations could significantly shift trade with Canada and Mexico that supports almost 14 million American jobs, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
But disguised in the dry, sanitized language of trade agreements, there was plenty of drama.
But Mexico's economy grew at an average rate of just 1.3 percent a year between 1993 and 2013 during a period when Latin America was undergoing a major expansion, and poverty remains at similar levels to 1994, while mass unemployment has increased.
Earlier on Tuesday, Canada's ambassador to Washington said it was critical for NAFTA to have a dispute resolution mechanism.
"Not only would additional steel import restrictions under the guise of a national security imperative be economic self-flagellation, which inspires retaliation from our trade partners against US exporters in other sectors, but it would constitute a major blow to the rules-based trading system", said Dan Ikenson, head of the libertarian Cato Institute.
The negotiating summary also pledges to strengthen so-called rules of origin dictating the amount of North American content included in products, eliminate barriers to USA investment in all sectors, and secure commitments from Canada and Mexico not to manipulate their currencies.
NAWG and USW also want to see a change in Canada's restrictions on cross-border trade.
There is no question our trading relationship with the United States is critically important to our economy.
Given the United States position, China has seen the opportunity to improve relations with both Mexico and Canada, a scenario that would significantly affect trade relations in the region.
In all, the much-anticipated objectives document is to be welcomed by Canada and Mexico, since it is definitely something that they can work with.
Among the priorities, Lighthizer said the administration would seek to eliminate a trade dispute mechanism that has largely prohibited the United States from pursuing anti-dumping and anti-subsidy cases against Canadian and Mexican firms. "It's part of the agreement".
NAFTA has had a mixed impact in Mexico. That means that when the Bush administration imposed broad tariffs on steel imports in 2002, for example, the measures didn't affect the other countries of North America. Plus, the USA wants to make sure that goods meeting the rules of origin "receive NAFTA benefits, prevent duty evasion, and combat customs offences".
For obvious reasons, scrapping this exception for Canada and Mexico seems likely to generate their opposition. The United States has frequently lost such cases. "This will all have to be subject to the three sides, being in agreement in the process", he said, according to Reuters.
"As we have said before, it is hard to improve upon duty-free, unlimited access to Canada and Mexico and we are pleased that [the US Trade Representative (USTR)] objectives for NAFTA include maintaining existing reciprocal duty-free market access for agricultural goods, " NCBA president Craig Uden said.
An global relations expert says the Americans are going to want more access to the dairy market than other trade deals.
Keeping jobs in the U.S..
This provision is a little different than the first two, says Bown of Peterson.
Lighthizer also said the USA wants new chapters to the agreement on digital trade.
A renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement must include fundamental changes, including enforceable labour and environmental standards and the elimination of the disputes settlement system, Unifor tells the federal government. Trump on Monday hosted companies from all 50 states that make products locally.
Nevertheless, difficulties may still crop up once the negotiations begin and when they continue into next year.