By Allison Fedirka
It’s been nearly nine months since NAFTA talks began, and the agreement’s future is still uncertain. The United States had set May 17 as a deadline for reaching a deal, but as of today no deal has been announced yet. In the preceding weeks, all sides were involved in intense talks in Washington, and high-level officials had indicated since April that an agreement was near. But just this week, the Mexican economy minister said he did not believe a deal would be reached by the deadline.
This wouldn’t be the first time a deadline has come and gone without a deal. When talks began last September, U.S. and Mexican officials had hoped that an agreement could be made by the end of the year. But as 2017 ended, negotiators realized this wouldn’t happen and adjusted their expectations. Then, officials said talks should be wrapped up by March, before campaign season in Mexico went into full gear. But that didn’t happen either. U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Rya