International affairs, in the eyes of the American public, have been a roller coaster ride since Donald Trump has taken office. The relationship between the United States and Mexico might not even be the worst of the problems being faced in international politics today. When he stepped foot into the Oval Office Americans were under the impression that Trump's plan was to completely do away with NAFTA between the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
However, the tides of change have turned once again as the current President has decided to "renegotiate" the trade deal. Since taking office the view that NAFTA virtually decimated U.S. jobs while simultaneously leaving its citizens paying higher prices on consumer goods has changed. The new view on Capitol Hill is that perhaps NAFTA isn’t so bad but simply needed to be modified.
A major issue Trump previously had with the trade agreement was that it had left the U.S. in a deficit to Mexico to the tune of almost $64 Billion dollars. According to US News ", this is the country's fourth-largest trade deficit, after China, Japan, and Germany." With a deficit like this, it seems improbable that Trump would be able to renegotiate any pleasant deals for the American people.