Sometimes you have to ask yourself where in the world Trump’s advisors are when he makes decisions. On trade, especially, Trump seems to be floundering around in the dark with no adults in the room capable of convincing him of reason.
Trump plans to rebrand Nafta as the “USMC” pact, telling donors he will drop the “C” if Canada doesn’t agree to changes he seeks https://t.co/IfeW5ssh7K
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) September 13, 2018
For instance, Trump wants to rework the NAFTA deal, or the North American Free Trade Agreement. Trump believes that this is the “worst deal ever made” although he facilitates between that one, the Iran deal, NATO, and many others as the “worst.” While in talks to rewrite the deal, The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump even has a name in mind for the agreement. The United States Mexico Canada pact, or for short, the USMC.
Trump wants to rebrand NAFTA as 'USMC' pact: report https://t.co/Xyc1jIq7Ri
Does anyone really care what Donnie says anymore? Congress decides trade deals, not the orange menace.
— Doug Quigley (@Sholto55) September 13, 2018
The WSJ reports that:
‘President Trump revealed plans to rebrand the North American Free Trade Agreement as the “USMC” pact—for the U.S., Mexico and Canada—telling Republican donors at a private fundraiser Wednesday that he will drop the “C” if Canada doesn’t agree to changes he is seeking, according to people familiar with the matter.’
Trump is quoted as saying:
‘They used to call it NAFTA. We’re going to call it the United States-Mexico Trade Agreement, and we’ll get rid of the name NAFTA. It has a bad connotation because the United States was hurt very badly by NAFTA for many years.’
USMC? That's the brilliant rebranding of NAFTA that Trump has been promising to reveal? (Sir, the Commandant of the Marine Corps is on line 1 and would like a word with you.) https://t.co/ciJ8Rcipfj
— Roland Paris (@rolandparis) September 13, 2018
Rewriting NAFTA may or may not be a good thing, in the end, although the fact that it’s being rewritten by Trump doesn’t exactly inspire confidence that it will be an effective or even coherently-written deal.
— Chris Albert (@chrisalbert7) September 13, 2018
But the USMC? Where are his military advisors here?