Trudeau in Wash­ing­ton amid NAFTA alarm bells

StarMetro Edmonton - - Canada / World -

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau has ar­rived in Wash­ing­ton at a jit­tery mo­ment in the U.S. cap­i­tal, to the sound of metaphor­i­cal alarm bells be­ing rung by Amer­i­can power­bro­kers about the pos­si­bil­ity of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump trig­ger­ing dif­fer­ent in­ter­na­tional crises.

The warn­ings are com­ing from cor­ners that would nor­mally be tight al­lies of a Repub­li­can ad­min­is­tra­tion — yet they are now ex­press­ing con­cern that er­ratic pres­i­den­tial be­hav­iour might cause chaos on trade and na­tional se­cu­rity. The big­gest U.S. busi­ness group has launched a lobby ef­fort to save the North Amer­i­can Free Trade Agree­ment, wor­ry­ing that the pres­i­dent might be sab­o­tag­ing the rene­go­ti­a­tion. This is the thorn-filled thicket await­ing Trudeau. Amid dis­putes over tar­iffs on lum­ber and Bom­bardier planes, and the NAFTA talks, Trudeau plans to dis­cuss sev­eral trade con­cerns with the pres­i­dent on Wed­nes­day.

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