How Trump split Mexico and Canada in NAFTA talks to cut the one-on-one deal he wanted

MEXICO CITY — A day after winning the Mexican presidential election, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took a congratulatory call from U.S. President Donald Trump. But Trump had something more important on his mind: Would Mexico’s new president consider a bilateral trade deal?

Lopez Obrador responded he would be “open to the possibility” in the absence of a trilateral agreement that also included Canada, said Hector Vasconcelos, a foreign policy adviser to Lopez Obrador’s campaign who...

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