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NAFTA deal in hand, Trump pulled the rug from under his own team

By Les Whittington      

Now he’s using the obscure Section 232 of the U.S. 1962 Trade Expansion Act to investigate whether vehicle imports are a threat to national security. In the words of one ex-official, there are 232 reasons why that’s a stupid idea.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump, pictured at the White House on Feb. 13, 2017. Mr. Trudeau raised concerns to Mr. Trump in a May 25 phone call about the president's latest Section 232 probe on imported autos. White House photograph by Shealah Craighead

OTTAWA—Canada, the United States, and Mexico had a new NAFTA agreement in hand but U.S. President Donald Trump changed his mind about what should be in the deal and nixed it.

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