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If Trump pushes 'buy American' in NAFTA talks, he may get more than he bargained for

If Trump pushes 'buy American' in NAFTA talks, he may get more than he bargained for

President Trump’s “buy American” mantra has particular appeal among his blue-collar base and others who support giving preference to U.S. companies when it comes to federal government purchases.

But as Trump’s team opens talks Wednesday aimed at rewriting the North American Free Trade Agreement, inserting a buy American provision into the landmark pact could prove to be one of the most contentious issues.

NAFTA prohibits preferential treatment for American companies when they bid on U.S. government contracts, with a similar restriction on Mexico and Canada when dealing with their own government procurement.

Critics of the 1994 trade pact say scrapping that ban should...

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