The U.S. is currently locked in negotiations with Canada to gain its assent as a NAFTA partner to a bilateral trade deal the administration struck with Mexico last month. Little progress has been made, with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer saying Tuesday, "There is still a fair amount of distance between us. There are very large issues. ... We are sort of running out of time."

The administration has until the end of the month to get the trade deal approved by Congress if it wants it to get it cleared before current Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who negotiated it,...

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