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Trump Killing Nafta Could Mean Big Unintended Consequences for the U.S.

Ending the deal would hurt American manufacturers. For consumers, backing out might mean price increases on everything from cars to fruits and vegetables
Republican Presidential Candidates Speak At Values Voter Summit
Photographer: Drew Angerer/Bloomberg

Donald Trump has pledged to renegotiate or terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement, saying that it’s been a disaster for the U.S.

And the billionaire front-runner for the Republican nomination isn’t the first presidential candidate to bash the deal: Since its inception (Ross Perot warned of a "giant sucking sound" pulling jobs to Mexico), Nafta has been a popular punching bag for politicians. Despite the idea's popularity, pulling out of Nafta could have all sorts of unintended consequences for U.S. businesses and the economy.