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The Trump Administration has switched gears.  During the campaign through the inauguration, Trump picked on Mexico. The rhetoric and threats drove the peso to record lows. By the OECD's calculation the peso more than 150% undervalued.

The re-opening of NAFTA negotiations was supposed to be aimed more at Mexico than Canada. Sentiment turned about the peso, The central bank hiked rates and changed their intervention tactics so it would not drain reserves. Since January 11, the peso has appreciated by more than 15.5% after pulling back nearly one percent this week.

It turns out despite insisting that Mexico will pay for the border wall, Trump's demand that Congress authorize the funding while cutting other programs is one of the issues that is pushing the US government again to the brink of its spending authorization. Some reports suggest that President Trump is prepared to seek to fund for it in the FY18 budget that will be negotiated later this year. Also, the controversial border adjustment tax does not look like it will be incorporated into the tax reform that the White House proposes.

The US wrath has turned to Canada. Commerce Secretary Ross took on the lumber dispute which arose in the Obama Administration. The issue is subsidized logging.

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