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The three countries will probably emerge with a “thinner” trade agreement that seeks to strike a balance between relations as they now stand and Trump’s demand for greater economic sovereignty, said Dan Ciuriak of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, a Canadian thinktank based in southern Ontario.
“The problem is that this is a negotiation like no other,” he said, pointing to the sharp contrast between the Trump administration’s protectionist agenda and the commitment towards deeper integration that underpins most trade agreements. “You’ve got this duality to the US position, and the two things don’t make sense together.”