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Sanford Jones


This article examines the factors that caused that drastic shift in international trade policy. First, it addresses the corporate interests that established significant influence on the White House. Second, it assesses the moderating influence on trade policy that followed from this corporate access. Third, it analyzes the rationale behind the imbedded corporate interests in trade policy and the importance of NAFTA to influential American businesses. A contextual analysis follows concerning the President’s comments about the 2017 Charlottesville, Virginia protests and how they affected corporate influence in the White House. Next, this essay examines the effects of the dissolution of access first granted to corporate interests, followed by an analysis of populist nationalism and its impact on the Administration’s trade negotiations. Finally, the implications of these findings on US foreign policy and international relations is considered.

Note on the Author

Sanford Jones is from Halifax, Nova Scotia and is a fourth-year student at the University of Ottawa pursuing a Joint Honours degree in Political Science and Public Administration. He is also a Killam Fellowship alumnus who studied for one semester in 2017 at Bridgewater State University. Sanford is currently working for the Government of Canada within Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and is looking forward to continuing his studies as a Master’s student

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