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VIEWPOINT: Trump’s u-turn – not a bad thing?

Should we be grateful that President Donald Trump had an “epiphany” and decided to change his mind about pulling the United States out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)? 

Apparently, he was itching to sign an executive order scrapping the 23-year-old trilateral trade deal when he had a change of heart after telephone calls with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts.

Or rather, should we be really concerned that the leader of the free world can switch his ideological position so suddenly on an issue that appeared so pivotal to his successful presidential campaign?

“It is my privilege to bring NAFTA up to date through renegotiation … I believe that the end result will make all three countries stronger and better,” Trump said in a conciliatory statement last week following the phone calls with Enrique Peña Nieto and Justin Trudeau. 

Compare those words to his previous comments on NAFTA: “The single worst trade deal ever approved” … “very, very bad for our country … very, very bad for our companies and for our workers.” 

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