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At a White House photo-op celebrating American-made products Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump declared many free-trade deals were “stupid trade” and promised big changes over the next six months. (Evan Vucci/AP)
At a White House photo-op celebrating American-made products Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump declared many free-trade deals were “stupid trade” and promised big changes over the next six months. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Trump administration issues sweeping demands on trade as NAFTA talks near Add to ...

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The Trump administration will make wide-ranging demands to sweeten the North American free-trade agreement for U.S. companies in talks with Canada and Mexico that could start next month.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Monday released a sweeping list of more than 100 negotiating objectives – such as abolishing trade dispute resolution panels that have regularly ruled in Canada’s favour, including on the long-running softwood lumber dispute, and giving American companies more access to Canadian government contracts while reserving the right to bar Canadian firms from seeking U.S. contracts under so-called “Buy America” provisions.

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