Trump’s Mismanagement of North American Trade Negotiations

American Oversight investigated the Trump administration's management of the trade talks that resulted in US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to replace NAFTA. Serious questions have been raised about whether the administration mismanaged the negotiations or put special interests ahead of American workers. 

What We’re Seeking:

  • Calendars, meeting invitations, talking points, and communications from U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and their aides.
  • Communications between top trade officials at USTR and the Department of Commerce with lobbyists and special interest groups.
  • Negotiations and communications with top Canadian and Mexican trade negotiators.
  • Communications with Trump administration allies, including DC interest groups, governors and Breitbart News.

Background:

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly criticized the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and pledged to renegotiate it to benefit American workers and businesses, promising ‘the best negotiators’ and the ‘best deal’. The deal that ultimately emerged, the USMCA, left many unanswered questions about the administration’s real priorities during the negotiations.

Related Documents

November 15, 2018

USTR External Talking Points Relating to NAFTA

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Agency Record
October 10, 2018

USTR Communications With Congress Regarding NAFTA

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Agency Record
October 10, 2018

Additional USTR Communications with Congress Regarding NAFTA

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Agency Record
September 29, 2018

USTR Communications with Foreign Counterparts about NAFTA

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Agency Record
September 29, 2018

Additional USTR Communications with Foreign Counterparts about NAFTA

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Agency Record
August 22, 2018

FOIA to Washington State Department of Commerce Seeking Robert Hamilton Emails

Washington State Department of Commerce
FOIA Request
May 22, 2018

USTR NAFTA Communications with Private Stakeholders

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Agency Record
May 18, 2018

USTR NAFTA Communications with State Governments

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Agency Record
March 23, 2018

Commerce Department Senior Staff List – Early 2018

Department of Commerce
Agency Record
February 7, 2018

FOIA to USTR Seeking Communications with Outside Entities

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
FOIA Request
February 7, 2018

FOIA to USTR Seeking Communications With State Governments Regarding NAFTA

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
FOIA Request
January 2, 2018

USTR Senior Staff Calendars Regarding NAFTA

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Agency Record
December 12, 2017

Records From USTR Regarding NAFTA

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Agency Record
November 29, 2017

No Records Response From USTR Regarding Communications With Breitbart

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Agency Reply
November 1, 2017

FOIA to USTR Regarding Emails With Foreign Reps

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
FOIA Request
November 1, 2017

FOIA to USTR Seeking NAFTA Internal Communications

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
FOIA Request
November 1, 2017

FOIA to USTR Regarding NAFTA Talking Points

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
FOIA Request
November 1, 2017

FOIA to USTR Seeking Communications with Outside Entities

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
FOIA Request
November 1, 2017

FOIA to USTR Regarding Communications with State Governments

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
FOIA Request
November 1, 2017

FOIA to USTR Regarding Communications with Congress

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
FOIA Request
November 1, 2017

FOIA to USTR Regarding Communications with Breitbart

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
FOIA Request
November 1, 2017

FOIA to USTR Seeking Calendar Entries

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
FOIA Request
November 1, 2017

FOIA to Commerce Regarding NAFTA Talking Points

Department of Commerce
FOIA Request
November 1, 2017

FOIA to Commerce Regarding NAFTA Internal Communications

Department of Commerce
FOIA Request
November 1, 2017

FOIA to Commerce Regarding NAFTA External Communications

Department of Commerce
FOIA Request
November 1, 2017

FOIA to Commerce Regarding Communications with Breitbart

Department of Commerce
FOIA Request