Trudeau in Washington amid NAFTA alarm bells
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.