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What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« on: May 24, 2018, 12:54:25 PM »
Trump advertised himself as a great deal maker.  What deals has he made as President?

Any progress on renegotiating NAFTA, TPP, or the Paris Accords?
Did he get Mexico to pay for the wall?
Did he get China to do anything other than make vague promises?
Did he get Congress to agree on anything? (He signed bills, but did he broker any real agreements?)
He just backed out of any North Korea deal.
He backed out of the Iran deal, but that is not making deals.  And as shown on another thread, there is no benefit to his backing out.

It's been 16 months, plenty of time to get some deal, somewhere.

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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2018, 02:33:53 PM »
I think Trump is going to go down in history as the worst president in the history of the US.

However he has successfully negotiated a favorable trade deal with South Korea. So that's at least one deal he made.

I think he also cut a deal with Ukraine to sell them weapons in exchange for their ending cooperation with the Mueller probe into Manafort.

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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2018, 05:43:55 PM »
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However he has successfully negotiated a favorable trade deal with South Korea. So that's at least one deal he made.

Or maybe not.
March 29 Reuters

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RICHFIELD, Ohio (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he may hold up a trade agreement reached this week with South Korea until after a deal is reached with North Korea on denuclearization.

“I may hold it up until after a deal is made with North Korea,” Trump said in a speech. “You know why? Because it’s a very strong card. And I want to make sure everyone is treated fairly,” he added.


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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2018, 08:22:55 AM »
Well, for one:

1) Trump gets three prisoners released and a start to the destruction of the North Korean Nuke program;

2) We pay nothing, and walk away from talks;

3) North Korea now wants to talk again.

Now, it’s the part where you deny that this is any kind of deal.

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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2018, 08:28:02 AM »
Another one, tax cuts.

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U.S. President Donald Trump will make a final push on Wednesday to shepherd a Republican tax overhaul over the finish line, hosting congressional negotiators for lunch before delivering a speech in which he will make his closing arguments for the legislation.

The tax cut deal was ultimately passed and now the economy is red hot.

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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2018, 08:32:07 AM »
Instead of listing them all, you can just read this Trump's Quietly Growing List of Victories

Ok, now is the part where this is all denied.

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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2018, 08:34:08 AM »
I think Trump is going to go down in history as the worst president in the history of the US.
Mu guess is you started saying that in November 2016 and there is literally nothing that will change that position.

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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2018, 08:45:03 AM »
Most of those accomplishments are not deals in the traditional sense. Ending DACA was not a deal, for instance, it was unilateral action. I think the question is, has Trump entered into a negotiation and come to an agreement. Closest thing I see is with China on trade, but he immediately started backing away

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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2018, 08:51:14 AM »
See, called it.  ;D

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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2018, 10:19:14 AM »
I'm not taking issue with whether they are victories or effective but rather deals

Deal is defined as 'to engage in bargaining', so maybe in that sense he certainly does engage in bargaining, whether or not there is a conclusion other than "walk away".

From the Art of the Deal, Trump's steps are:

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Think big
Protect the downside and the upside will take care of itself
Maximize your options
Know your market
Use your leverage
Enhance your location
Get the word out
Fight back
Deliver the goods
Contain the costs
Have fun

By this mantra, his activity looks a lot more like deal making.

Harvard, along with other MBA programs such as the negotiation training I received follow other steps:

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– Focus on a problem-solving approach – Keep lawyers and technical experts out of the room to simplify the mediation and take a creative, interest-based approach.

– Limit mediation to key decision makers – When the room gets too crowded, the conversation tends to be less productive; instead, build trust in negotiation and facilitate candid conversation with a small group

– Take a step back – Take an outsider’s look at the business deal or “step back, collect my wits, and see the situation objectively”

– Evaluate Your BATNA – By knowing your “best alternative to a negotiated agreement” (BATNA), you can gain the confidence you need to walk away from a subpar agreement

– Widen your ZOPA – Explore using contingent contracts where you and your counterpart “bet” on different predictions to expand your “zone of possible agreement” (ZOPA)

– Form a connection – Sometimes the little things, like small talk, can build trust in a negotiation and advance a business deal

So I guess it all depends on how you define deal-making. Because the classic MBA approach is nothing like Trump deal-making.

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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2018, 10:22:59 AM »
 
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The tax cut deal was ultimately passed and now the economy is red hot.] The tax cut deal was ultimately passed and now the economy is red hot.

GDP growth was 2.6% in FY14, 2.9% in FY15, and 1.5% in FY16, and 2.3% in FY17 (as a reminder, FY17 is the government fiscal year that started in October 2016 before the election, so both Obama and Trump were President during that year).

Crunch, what is your prediction for FY18 GDP growth under the "red hot" economy - will it be as high as the 2.9% under Obama? 

Actually, I do believe that the Trump tax cut will stimulate the economy - increasing the deficit by ~$300B in a single year should increase GDP growth by about 0.3%-0.5%.  If the Republicans were willing to have done so under Obama, there would have been a similar short-term effect. So I would not be completely surprised if the economy hit the Obama peak rate of 2.9% growth + the extra 0.3%-0.5% - is that your expectation? Or do you expect 4% or 5% GDP growth?

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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2018, 10:42:30 AM »
So I guess it all depends on how you define deal-making. Because the classic MBA approach is nothing like Trump deal-making.

I think that's part of why so many keep getting everything Trump wrong. He's not doing things they way they're "supposed" to be done. He's doing something very different and it's working despite all the effort to derail him.

Look at the premise of this thread, the world has changed dramatically since Trump took office. The Obama era economic malaise is completely gone and foreign affairs are working so well that even NK is being brought to heel. Yet the premise here is that he's done nothing.

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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2018, 10:45:51 AM »
Crunch, what is your prediction for FY18 GDP growth under the "red hot" economy - will it be as high as the 2.9% under Obama?
My prediction? There is literally no scenario in which you will accept facts about Trump's success and Obama's failures. That's kind of an easy one though. ;D


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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2018, 12:49:40 PM »
I didn't read the OPs premise as "he's done nothing". And everyone agrees he's had tremendous impact in a variety of ways.

But "making a deal" usually implies a handshake somewhere along the line, one that doesn't involve trying to break finger bones.

Threatening, bullying, reneging, blustering, subterfuge and agitating - they usually don't lead to handshakes. They do lead to one-sided domination and crushing of opponents, which is more like the "deals" achieved by Walmart with their suppliers and employees. Can it be effective? Sure. Walmart has been wildly successful and just about as widely despised but also popular as Trump.

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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2018, 04:23:26 PM »
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My prediction? There is literally no scenario in which you will accept facts about Trump's success and Obama's failures. That's kind of an easy one though
Love it when a Apologist stumbles on their shadow

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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #15 on: May 26, 2018, 06:45:06 AM »
Trump has gotten many countries recalcitrant about accepting their criminal illegals back to do so by threatening to restrict visas and he's working on getting the hard cases to accept their criminals back by deducting some of their costs from the foreign aid budgets. The point is often made that Americans are more likely to be criminals than immigrants, both legal and illegal, so that means we have enough people filling that role in our society as it is and don't need foreigners here committing the crimes that Americans are perfectly willing to commit even for the current pay and benefits committing those crimes provides. So that's a very good deal and one that never happened under Obama who basically shrugged his shoulders and said there's no help for it and it's a deal that almost certainly never would have happened under Hillary.

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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #16 on: May 26, 2018, 08:43:30 AM »
Cherry,

Could you please give specifics on the deal you mentioned, e.g. getting countries to accept their criminal illegals back by threatening to restrict visas?  Any numbers, links, sources?

If I threaten to withhold something that you want unless you give me what I want, is that a deal?  I think there is another word for that.

Crunch,

I will accept that the US economy grew faster in Trump's first year than it did in Obama's last year.
There, I just proved your prediction wrong.  Hopefully we can have a meaningful conversation instead of making absolutist predictions.

This is not about success or failure.  This is about deals.

Trump has threatened, and postured, and perhaps gotten short term gains, at the expense of long-term cooperation.  Do you think that building casinos but refusing to pay your contractors is perfectly fine, just doing things differently than they are "supposed" to be done?  It certainly makes money.  Is that the criteria for success, getting what you want now regardless of what happens in the future?

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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #17 on: May 26, 2018, 09:00:50 AM »
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/countries-that-refuse-to-take-back-illegals-cut-in-half-big-win-for-trump

Countries that refuse to take back illegals cut in half, 'big' win for Trump
by Paul Bedard | July 07, 2017 07:45 AM

"President Trump appears to understand that if people think they can come here illegally and stay even after being caught, more will keep coming. By using the authority Congress gave him to incentivize these nations into cooperating, for instance, by threatening to cut-off their visa-privileges, they'll start to understand that we take our right to sovereign independence seriously," Wilcox added.

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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #18 on: May 26, 2018, 09:05:58 AM »
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Well, for one:

1) Trump gets three prisoners released and a start to the destruction of the North Korean Nuke program;

2) We pay nothing, and walk away from talks;

3) North Korea now wants to talk again.

Now, it’s the part where you deny that this is any kind of deal.

No, this is the part where I point out the flaws in your argument. 

Can you show that Trump did this, directly or through his instructions?  Or was it South Korea or China?  You claim it is Trump, I could claim it was John Kerry.  I honestly have no evidence it was John Kerry.  What evidence do you have it was Trump? I will be happy to admit that Trump is responsible if you provide evidence.  And please don't insult me by determining ahead of time that I will refuse to acknowledge it.  Any statement from a government other than ours that he is responsible will work. But I will certainly look at other sources, and reserve the right to doubt them if they have no supporting evidence.

The North Korean's destroyed their only *known* testing facility.  Those facilities have a limited life, and this was at its end, so they did not actually give up anything valuable to them.  It is quite possible that there is another facility being built, since they are deep underground.  Do you have evidence that they destroyed anything else?

We did not "pay nothing".  We gave North Korea the legitimacy they have been craving for years.  They just wanted a summit, and we promised it.  Until we broke the promise.  Trump called Un "open and honorable", despite the fact that his country is among the worst, if not the worst, in human rights.

Of course North Korea wants to talk.  That in itself is not a deal.

So maybe Trump traded 3 hostages (two of which were taken during his term) for legitimizing to some extent one of the worst dictators on the planet.  I think 4 hostages were released under Obama, and no such legitimization was given.

Yup, I acknowledge that as a deal.  A pretty good one for North Korea.

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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #19 on: May 26, 2018, 09:32:01 AM »
We did not "pay nothing".  We gave North Korea the legitimacy they have been craving for years.

They got it by being a nuclear threat and by having China nearby, not by being 'given' anything.

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Of course North Korea wants to talk.  That in itself is not a deal.

'Of course'? They didn't before.

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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #20 on: May 26, 2018, 10:16:02 AM »
Even accepting the examiner article as legitimate with their unnamed sources, still not a deal.

Threats leading to benefits is not a deal, it is extortion.

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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #21 on: May 26, 2018, 01:11:30 PM »
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Countries that refuse to take back illegals cut in half, 'big' win for Trump
by Paul Bedard | July 07, 2017 07:45 AM

Here's the relevant quote:
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Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said the Obama and Trump administrations, in a combined effort from the departments of state and homeland security, have cut the number of recalcitrant nations in half.

"Working with our partners at the Department of State, ICE has made significant progress over the past year to improve cooperation on removals – including reducing the number of recalcitrant countries from 23 in May 2016 to 12 in May 2017," an ICE official told Secrets.

So during 9 months of continuing implementation of Obama policy, and the first 3 months of a new Trump administration, with many policies not yet in place, and some inertia from existing policies, the number of nations was cut in half.  And this is a big win for which administration?

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ICE, along with the State Department, has the legislative authority to punish these countries. However, it was almost never been used in past administrations. That's now changing.

How many times is "almost never", and how many times has the Trump administration punished these countries?  What are the reasons for not punishing the countries?  Are they valid?  "Now changing" doesn't mean anything actually happened, or will ever happen. Not a done deal.

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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #22 on: May 26, 2018, 01:15:37 PM »
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They got it [legitimacy] by being a nuclear threat and by having China nearby, not by being 'given' anything.

The legitimacy I am referring to appears to be different than what you are talking about.  I am talking about the President of the United States calling Un "open and honorable", and agreeing to meet as equals, with a neat commemorative coin and everything. :)

North Korea has been a nuclear threat, and has had China "nearby"(?) for years.  The only thing that changed is that Trump took them seriously without getting any prior commitments, something previous presidents did not do, afaik.

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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #23 on: May 26, 2018, 02:43:20 PM »
We did not "pay nothing".  We gave North Korea the legitimacy they have been craving for years.

They got it by being a nuclear threat and by having China nearby, not by being 'given' anything.

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Of course North Korea wants to talk.  That in itself is not a deal.

'Of course'? They didn't before.


Here's a list of the many times North Korea has negotiated, discussed, talked, etc. over the last 30 years.  They want the high-level state-visit type summits for the prestige, but nobody offered those before.  Of course they want to talk when they are treated like a regular country, not a rogue, terrorism-supporting human-rights violating dictatorship.

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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #24 on: May 26, 2018, 02:55:53 PM »
On "Trump's" tax plan,

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Mr. Trump pushed party leaders again and again to deliver a bill quickly, and for the most part, he let them write it, intervening only to push for a low corporate rate and to nix an idea to meddle with tax-advantaged 401(k) plans. At times, the president would briefly derail the process with stray and unexpected Twitter posts that sent lawmakers and his own staff scrambling to reconsider major parts of the plan.

Yup, he pushed "a plan".  He did not broker any deals.  If anything, he broke up potential deals that Democrats and Republicans were making.

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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #25 on: May 26, 2018, 06:29:01 PM »
Still not a Trump fan, but it should be pointed out that when it comes to international agreements, most such things generally take years to come about. Trump not getting anything "put to paper" on the international front is part his being new on the scene, and part other nations hoping/expecting that he's going to either be brought to heel by a Democrat controlled Congress at the end of this year, or voted out in 2020. Unless "something critical" comes up that needs urgent attention, they're settle for status quo until then.

If the Republicans keep control in November, the international tone will likely change a little, if Trump gains re-election, things will likely shift a bit more internationally. Of course, at that point, they'll only need to wait 4 more years, and they can talk to the next POTUS.

Basically, so long as no major event upsets the proverbial applecart, economically, politically, or militarily, inertia is likely to prevail. Trump can threaten all he wants, but in the case of most of our agreements, they're still better than no agreement, and him unilaterally trying to pull out of most of those is likely to stir up a hornet's nest even he won't touch.

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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #26 on: May 27, 2018, 10:52:39 AM »
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Still not a Trump fan, but it should be pointed out that when it comes to international agreements, most such things generally take years to come about.
Point taken. Had there not been so much hype, I would be a lot more forgiving.

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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #27 on: May 30, 2018, 12:15:25 PM »
Latest chapter in "Art of the No Deal"

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Just 10 days ago, the two parties called a temporary truce. Both sides said they had agreed not to impose new tariffs on one another as talks continued, and that China would increase purchases of American goods and services to reduce the $375 billion trade imbalance.

Then, on Tuesday, the White House abruptly changed its tune.

The United States announced that it would move forward with tariffs on Chinese goods worth $50 billion, as well as restrictions on investment in critical technologies.

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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #28 on: May 31, 2018, 10:23:27 AM »
No Deal!

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The US is to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from the European Union, Mexico and Canada.

The 25% tariffs on steel and 10% on aluminium will begin at midnight.

The move, revealed by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, will affect several key US allies - and Nato members - in Europe.

The UK was "deeply disappointed" by the US decision, while European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said it was a "bad day for world trade".

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire had said the tariffs would be "unjustified and dangerous".

Mr Ross announced the sanctions from Paris, where he had been negotiating with EU leaders who were attempting to fend off the duties.

He said talks had not made enough progress to warrant further reprieve and acknowledged the possibility of retaliation.



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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #29 on: June 07, 2018, 12:59:29 PM »
Another Trumpian deal:

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Chinese smartphone maker ZTE will pay a fine of $1 billion and bring an American monitoring team on board to resolve a high-profile dispute with the United States.
The deal, announced by US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, will mean the end of a ban on ZTE buying American parts, provided the state-controlled company sticks to the terms.

Ross said the deal was struck at around 6 a.m. ET on Thursday, and it will impose "the most strict compliance that we've ever had on any company, American or foreign." ZTE will also put $400 million in an escrow account.

This is certainly quintessential Trump. Threaten to destroy a supplier/customer and force your terms down their throats. This can easily be viewed as good, depending on your view of ZTE.

It is also very EU of him, as it is not unlike the 2.7B that Google got slapped with. They had the power, they used it.

It is clearly impactful, I'll easily grant you that.

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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #30 on: June 12, 2018, 07:59:54 AM »
So North Korea got
-a huge PR achievement that they have wanted for decades, and no previous president was willing to provide
-no more US-South Korea exercises
-a promise for security guarantees if they denuclearize
-as far as I know, no consequences for their gross human rights violations or work with terrorists

The U.S. got
-a promise to have talks about denuclearization
-three hostages, which really just incentivizes North Korea to keep taking them

I did not include destruction of the nuclear testing facility, because it had been damaged beyond repair by years of testing and needed to be decommissioned.

Anyone think this is a good deal for the US?  Anyone think any previous president could not have made it if he didn't mind getting such a lousy deal?

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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #31 on: August 27, 2018, 01:58:58 PM »
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Under the current law, about 62% of the parts in any car sold in North America must be produced in the region or automakers have to pay import taxes. The new preliminary agreement would require that 75% of auto parts be made in the United States and Mexico, according to the US Trade Representative's office.

Under the revised terms of the agreement, 75 percent of a car would have to be manufactured in North America, up from 62.5 percent under current rules, according to a person familiar with the talks. The new rules would also impose a sort of minimum wage for car makers, requiring that workers earn a minimum of $16 per hour to qualify for zero tariffs.

If that's it, isn't it a little anticlimactic? There may be other items in the whole deal which won't be released until later on, but this doesn't feel like some sort of dramatic win. On the other hand, I would applaud a general return to normalcy as its own kind of victory following some symbolic concessions. The hourly rate in Mexico is currently $8-10, so it isn't minimal. Assembly line workers (non-union at Toyota) make about $20/hr. Unionized workers get $29. So I'd say that probably has some impact.

I'm not sure exactly how much impact going from 62.5 to 75 will make, and I'll avoid reacting on instinct. It could be a big difference. However, it doesn't really do much to move more to the US, an automaker could accomplish this with more components made in Mexico.

Wall street is clearly relieved. And once again, there might be tons of other things in any final agreement. Of course Trump's big concern is rebranding - he wants to dump the NAFTA title. Probably so I can say "I ended NAFTA"

At the end of the day, it sounds like North Americans purchasing automobiles will be paying extra to go into the pockets of either American or Mexican workers.

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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #32 on: August 30, 2018, 10:02:34 PM »
As far as NAFTA "renegotiation", what Trump announced was a preliminary agreement.  Trump almost definitely needs Congress to approve a withdrawal, and definitely need Congress to approve a deal without Canada.

And the North Korea negotiations have ground to a halt.


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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #33 on: October 01, 2018, 08:22:15 AM »
Now we have the details on Canada.

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Canada agreed to provide U.S. dairy farmers access to about 3.5 percent of its approximately $16 billion annual domestic dairy market, Canadian sources said, adding that the Canadian government is prepared to offer compensation to dairy farmers hurt by the deal.

Under the agreement Canada has agreed to eliminate its Class 6 and Class 7 milk categories and associated pricing schedules for skim milk, skim milk proteins and other components and ultrafiltered milk, within 6 months after the USMCA goes into force.

U.S. farmers said those schedules had effectively pushed them out of the Canadian dairy market.

So we get the ability to dump some subsidized dairy into Canadian markets, and they keep their dairy farmers from feeling the pain.

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The deal will preserve a trade dispute settlement mechanism that Canada fought hard to maintain to protect its lumber industry and other sectors from U.S. anti-dumping tariffs.

No big changes here, although we know that Trump probably won't rely on that mechanism, he'll just threaten various tariffs outside any framework whenever he perceives something as unfair.

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A side-letter to the agreement showed that Trump preserved the ability to impose threatened 25 percent global tariffs on autos while largely exempting passenger vehicles, pickup trucks and auto parts from Canada and Mexico.

If Trump imposes so-called “Section 232” autos tariffs on national security grounds, Mexico and Canada would each get a tariff-free passenger vehicle quota of 2.6 million passenger vehicles exported to the United States annually, well above their current export levels.

Yup, national security, sure.

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The deal set a 5-year transition period after the agreement enters into force for the regional value content requirement for autos to increase to 75 percent, from a current 62.5 percent.

Not insignificant, and there's a little more than that. So auto workers benefit, and cars get more expensive.

Overall, I'm relieved that this brinksmanship ended without a serious drag on North American trade. I can even say comfortably that it's not a worse deal than before. I don't think it was worth all the drama and histrionics, but at least it is settled and should have no problem rolling through Congress.

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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #34 on: October 01, 2018, 09:52:56 AM »
https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/usmca-nafta-what-we-know-1.4845103

A few more details on this.  It's clear by the way that there are lots of "below the headline" provisions that aren't going to get detailed treatment.  Which means arguing about bullet points may take a while to develop to a a rational place.

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Re: What Deals Has Trump Made as President?
« Reply #35 on: November 25, 2018, 10:05:20 AM »
Always interesting to back and read older threads, see what you find.

As far as NAFTA "renegotiation", what Trump announced was a preliminary agreement.  Trump almost definitely needs Congress to approve a withdrawal, and definitely need Congress to approve a deal without Canada.

And the North Korea negotiations have ground to a halt.
NAFTA was completely renegotiated. It’s now called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) , all done without Congress.

North Korea is dismantling guard posts along the DMZ as well as removing mines. Even opening up to the press:
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While it used to be a challenge to get any sort of reporting, particularly photography, on the activities of the North Korean military, the press is now clearly able to get in there and cover the action.

The progress Trump has enabled on the Korean Peninsula is worthy of the nobel prize.