Donald Trump may be president of the United States. His words, though, do not necessarily carry the weight of the U.S. government at the biggest trade shake-up he is pushing. Officials say, sometimes it's better to block them out and carry on.
Negotiations between the United States, Canada and Mexico to redraw the North American Free Trade Agreement were clouded this week. Trump’s plan to slap 25 percent tariffs on steel imports and claims that“trade wars are good, and easy to win,” helped to complicate negotiations.
Ranging from his depictions of the United States as a victim of Canada and Mexico, to threats to dump the 24-year-old accord he has called a“disaster,” Participants at the talks have come to expect disruptions by Trump.