The next round trade talks between Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. have begun which means it's time for the Trump regime to show its ass again.
Mexican and Canadian trade officials have been understandably offended by Trump's demands that favorable treatment for specific American industries be codified into the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), but Trump's trade representatives have gone a step further and asked for special treatment for specific companies.
The AT&T telecommunications company moved into the Mexican market after the government passed a law to break up a monopoly in the market. The Mexican Supreme Court later struck down part of that law, subjecting AT&T to higher costs, but Trump's trade officials want it codified into NAFTA to make life easier for AT&T.
“AT&T, which is North American, asked its government to reflect its interests in the negotiation,” [Economic Minister Ildefonso Guajardo] said in an interview on local radio without specifying the details of the U.S. proposal. “You cannot have an agreement... that gives a tailor’s cut, a perfect handiwork, to a specific company.” [...]
“What’s surprising (about the telecommunications proposal) is that there is the principle that we are negotiating as three countries,” said Mexico Senator Gerardo Flores, who was briefed on the proposal.
“And suddenly the United States puts on the table a proposal that demands commitments specifically from Mexico, which converts the negotiation into a bilateral negotiation.”
The provision Trump's trade representatives are asking for would only apply to Mexico, meaning it wouldn't necessarily help Mexican or Canadian companies gain access to other markets. As the Mexican senator states, this is effectively a bilateral negotiation between two countries, not all of North America.
It's remarkable that Mexican government and trade officials are displaying far more integrity in these negotiations than our own. That shouldn't come as a surprise given that Trump appointed the people who are representing all of us today, but it will take a generation to come back from this. Trump has already change the world for the worse.
On the other hand, saying he has 'changed the world for the worse' may be a poor choice of words. I think he has and will certainly change the world for the worse for Americans, but other countries are going to be just fine without us. They may be better off freeing their economies from the machinations of American political dysfunction.
If nearly 60 percent of Americans disapprove of Trump, imagine how other countries must feel dealing with him. Foreign officials who deal with Trump's goon squad are eating untold buckets of shit right now while remaining more dignified than their American counterparts. And those are just our closest allies and trade partners.