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.