NAFTA unresolved, steel tariffs still possible after Freeland, Lighthizer meet
by Mike Blanchfield (feat. Eric Miller)
May 30, 2018
WASHINGTON — To hear Chrystia Freeland tell it, NAFTA and steel are like apples and oranges.
Canada’s foreign minister is in Washington this week to avert an economic storm that could see Canada sideswiped by crippling U.S. tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum — if President Donald Trump follows through on his latest threat not to extend an exemption for Canada and Mexico which is due to expire Friday.
That is on top of the around-the-clock effort by Canada, the United States and Mexico to get a deal on a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement — in time for the current iteration of the U.S. Congress, and ahead of what’s expected to be a turning-point election in Mexico on July 1.