NAFTA Watch: Trump’s Mismanagement of the Trade Negotiations

American Oversight is investigating President Trump's handling of the renegotiation of NAFTA. Serious questions have been raised about whether the administration is mismanaging the negotiations or putting 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’.

His time so far in office has told a different story. After threatening to pull out of NAFTA altogether, President Trump was convinced by aides (and a few charts) that doing so would damage the American economy. The renegotiation that was subsequently launched has been disastrous and marked by outlandish, and frequently shifting, negotiating positions from the Trump administration and attacks on key allies and trading partners.

American Oversight is investigating these negotiations to determine whether the Trump administration is tanking the negotiations – either intentionally or through incompetence – and whether favored industries and groups are getting sweetheart deals.

Related Documents

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 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