WALL STREET JOURNAL: President Donald Trump’s chief trade negotiator issued a downbeat assessment Tuesday of efforts to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement, decrying “a lack of headway” and accusing Canada and Mexico of refusing to “seriously engage” on controversial U.S. proposals aimed at cutting the U.S. trade deficit.
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer didn’t go as far as repeating Mr. Trump’s threat to pull out of the 23-year-old pact if the other parties don’t agree to American demands to “rebalance” Nafta to make it more favorable to the U.S. But he made clear he expected them to do so by next month.
“Absent rebalancing, we will not reach a satisfactory result,” Mr. Lighthizer said in a statement following the conclusion of the fifth round of Nafta renegotiation talks that ended here Tuesday. “I hope our partners will come to the table in a serious way so we can see meaningful progress before the end of the year,” he added.
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Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying this news clip shows U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. (Photo: Lenin Nolly/Zuma Press)