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As economy reels from pandemic, Trump and Mexican president mark start of 3-nation trade pact

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and President Donald Trump met Wednesday. Foto: Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Wednesday marked the start of a three-nation regional trade deal in a Rose Garden ceremony with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador that took on a celebratory tone discordant with the widespread economic damage of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The two populist-leaning presidents, from opposite ends of the political spectrum, signed a joint proclamation hailing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which took effect at the start of July, as the beginning of a new chapter in North America's economic partnership...

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