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“Said he was going to unilaterally renegotiate NAFTA, then said he was for free trade, and then he signed two bills, one of them with ‘Buy American” provisions in it and the other one with the Mexican trucks,” a pilot cross-border trucking program expanded under the North American Free Trade Agreement by President Bush.

“Both of them are sending a message to the world that the United States is practicing protectionism. … This is very dangerous,” he said. “One of my highest concerns about this administration is protectionism and the Mexican truck thing was inexcusable, absolutely inexcusable.”