So how is the dealmaker-in-chief doing in striking beautiful new bargains? Not so well. After nearly 16 months in office, he has successfully renegotiated exactly one deal — with South Korea. And trade experts described the differences between the old agreement and the new one as “minimal.”
The NAFTA renegotiations are still going on. But Trump hasn’t made any effort to renegotiate the TPP, the Paris accord, the WTO or NATO — much less bilateral trade accords with Japan or anyone else. Now the supreme test of his negotiating skills will come with Iran and North Korea, where he has set the bar for success extraordinarily high.
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