In hindsight, it was clear something had gone askew with the NAFTA talks the moment Canadian officials got excited about wrapping things up.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his ambassador to the U.S., David MacNaughton, spent the first part of Thursday telling people that an agreement was close. Trudeau even said the compromise that had been worked out automobiles likely would result in jobs returning to America from Mexico.
You got the impression that if President Donald Trump’s motorcade had showed up in New York, where Trudeau was speaking, he would have signed a new NAFTA right there on the hood of the president’s Suburban.
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