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November 30, 2018

BUENOS AIRES -- U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is confident the trilateral trade deal inked by the U.S., Mexico and Canada will garner enough support in Congress -- and he is adamant that “a very high number of Democrats” will vote for the implementing legislation.

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BUENOS AIRES – U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Friday said the U.S., Mexico and Canada would focus on a resolution to U.S. Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum now that the three countries have signed their new trade deal, adding that an agreement on the tariffs was never going to be part of NAFTA renegotiation talks.

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BUENOS AIRES – The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement will be signed on Friday without the countries reaching a resolution on Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs, sources tell Inside U.S. Trade, though trade ministers worked through the night on the issue.

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BUENOS AIRES – The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement was signed on Friday without a resolution on U.S. Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs despite last-minute negotiations, sources tell Inside U.S. Trade.

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November 29, 2018

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week discussed how the U.S. should address controversial Chinese trade practices, and whether multilateral economic institutions were effectively working to ensure all countries were abiding by the same rules.

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Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) on Tuesday said he believed the EU’s insistence that agriculture be left out of trans-Atlantic trade negotiations was not set in stone, but EU Ambassador to the U.S. David O’Sullivan responded by saying agriculture could not be part of the talks if the two sides wanted a quick deal -- which President Trump and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker have called for.

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November 28, 2018

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will examine how to “equalize” the tariffs the U.S. and China apply to each other’s automobile exports, he said on Wednesday.

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Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), a member of the Senate Finance Committee and a former U.S. Trade Representative, on Wednesday said Mexico might not sign the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement if the Trump administration does not lift its Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum.

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The U.S. and other World Trade Organization members this week raised numerous concerns with India' domestic support for agriculture, which India called flawed and untrue.

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Three Democratic senators are alarmed by reports that the U.S. could “back down” and accept a minor trade arrangement with China when President Trump and his Chinese counterpart meet in Argentina on Saturday.

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EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström on Tuesday said it was time for the U.S. to constructively engage on reforming the World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body now that the European Union and 11 other countries have come forward with a proposal designed to address many U.S. criticisms.

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November 27, 2018

National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow on Tuesday said he was hoping for a “breakthrough” in U.S.-China relations when President Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, meet on Saturday, reiterating Trump’s warning that further tariffs -- which some say are legally dubious at best -- will be imposed if China does not come armed with satisfactory offers.

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Representatives from a swath of industry sectors are coalescing on Capitol Hill this week to make a final push for a resolution to Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico, with many executives calling on Congress to play a more active role.

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World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement members on Tuesday approved the United Kingdom's terms for joining the agreement after leaving the European Union.

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November 26, 2018

The European Union, China and 10 other World Trade Organization members have issued a proposal that would amend the rules governing the Appellate Body in ways that would address criticisms the U.S. has expanded on in recent months.

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Once it leaves the European Union in March, the United Kingdom “might not be able to trade with the U.S.” because of the Brexit deal the two sides reached earlier this month, President Trump said on Monday.

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Technology organizations and analysts say the digital trade chapter of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is unlikely to require many legal changes, contending it is designed to handle future barriers to digital trade instead.

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November 21, 2018

The World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement Body on Wednesday agreed to establish a panel in disputes over U.S. Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum that are being pursued by seven countries that say the measures violate WTO rules.

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A group of 12 Republican senators is pushing President Trump to send Capitol Hill a draft implementing bill by next week, arguing that passing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement could become much more challenging next year.

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The European Parliament's International Trade Committee on Tuesday expressed support for the European Comission's recommendation that the EU join an international treaty aimed at creating international protections for geographical indications.

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