February 11, 2019

DONALD WHO?:

Behind the scenes: Troubles ahead for Trump's NAFTA replacement (Jonathan Swan, 2/10/19, Axios)

About 10 days ago, a deputy to Trump's top trade negotiator gave a shockingly optimistic forecast on the political fate of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) -- the president's renegotiated NAFTA deal. To the bemusement of two sources on the call, C.J. Mahoney, Robert Lighthizer's deputy, said he figured the USMCA could get through Congress with huge bipartisan support by the end of April.

Nobody we've spoken to on Capitol Hill thinks Mahoney's prediction is remotely possible. The two sources on the call called his comments "naïve," saying they betrayed only a tenuous grasp of the USMCA's troubled politics.

Posted by at February 11, 2019 12:00 AM

  

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