The day before it was The Wall. Yesterday it was NAFTA. Donald Trump has yet to keep a single promise that he made to his supporters. That hasn’t stopped his voters from pretending that it is the liberals, or the media, or whoever they can blame for the worst result from any president ever. But the fact remains that Donald Trump just realized that the checks-and-balances ensures that his brand of hatred can by stymied be reasoned people.

Most of you reading this likely already know why Donald Trump couldn’t stop NAFTA. The bottom line is that NAFTA is too important for the United States to willy-nilly do away with it. I realize that some of you are holding out under the illusion that Trump is negotiating the trade agreement with Canada and México.

Like everything else having to do with Donald Trump, negotiating is a deflection of the truth. All agreements can and should be renegotiated, but all parties must come to an agreement at the end of the day. México has a strong position from which to argue the further opening of trade and the implementation of pending items under the original agreement.

The political rhetoric from the Trump administration is that U.S. administration is in a strong negotiating position. The fact remains that it isn’t so. This is simply because his own party, the Republicans, won’t let him destroy their constituents’ economy, which largely depends on NAFTA.

Proof of this lies in Trump back peddling on issuing an official notice to Canada and México that the United States was withdrawing from NAFTA. The Republicans told him, no way José!

And so, Donald Trump is ending his first 100 days in office without the magnificent wall he promised and with NAFTA is still intact.

His supporters, the ostriches with their heads in the sand, still believe that Donald Trump will build The Wall and bring back jobs. Too funny!

¡Unidos, jamás seremos vencidos!

Martin Paredes

Martín Paredes is a Mexican immigrant who built his business on the U.S.-Mexican border. As an immigrant, Martín brings the perspective of someone who sees México as a native through the experience...

2 replies on “Donald Trump Back Peddles on NAFTA”

  1. His proposed 20% tariff on Canadian soft wood doesn’t sit well up here on Vancouver Island where logging is big business.

  2. One hundred days of razzle-dazzle, only to show how ignorant he is of government. It is said that Merkel had to explain to him how the EU functions, not once but eleven times. Xi had to give him a lesson on North Korea and China.

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