Trump Says He’ll Keep NAFTA After A Week of Trade Disputes

Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walk off at the conclusion of a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House on Feb. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walk off at the conclusion of a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House on Feb. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump Says He’ll Keep NAFTA After A Week of Trade Disputes

During the presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump campaigned heavily on the issue of trade, promising to scrap the NAFTA trade deal and bring back American jobs.

But this week, following phone calls with Canada and Mexico, the White House said Trump does not intend to withdraw from the trade agreement, at least not “at this time.”

The statement follows a turbulent week in trade, with the U.S. imposing a tariff on Canadian soft lumber and the president accusing Canada of hurting American dairy farmers with its policies. We discuss the tensions around trade with Shawn Donnan, the world trade editor for the Financial Times.