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Trump Boasts He Can Kill Nafta. Congress May Think Differently

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Donald Trump’s threats to exit the North American Free Trade Agreement may well be within the bounds of a president’s power. But legal experts warn such a move could be tested by heavy congressional fire and lengthy court battles.

There’s no legal consensus whether the U.S. president can act on his own to end the tariff-free benefits of Nafta without lawmakers’ approval. Trump seems to think he can, and warned as recently as Monday that he may terminate the trade accord he has assailed as a bad deal for American workers.