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.
Renegotiating the Realm of Influence: The Shifting Priorities of President Trump during NAFTA Renegotiations.
Undergraduate Review, 14, 28-37.
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