The North America Section of IR Insider publishes breaking news reports and analysis from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Topics covered in the North America section may range from trade negotiations between the United States, Canada, and Mexico to U.S relations with Russia and beyond. Our section editor is Esha Bajaj.
On Monday, March 11th, United States President Donald Trump unveiled a record-breaking budget which includes billions of dollars of funding for the border wall, the military, and veterans affairs. The budget, which is unlikely to pass the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, also has intense cuts to environmental, education, and social security funding within the government.
On Friday, the House of Representatives passed H.R 1, a sweeping government ethics and anti-corruption bill. Among the many provisions included in this bill, some measures aim to expand voting rights for citizens, crack down on lobbying, and increase transparency in donations for political campaigns.
The Chief Financial Officer of the Chinese cell phone giant Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, has filed charges against both the Canadian Government and two of its security agencies. Ms. Meng has alleged that she was illegally held, interrogated, and had her devices taken without being informed of her arrest. The lawsuit comes as the United States has attempted to speed up the extradition of Ms. Meng, where she is facing numerous charges relating to Huawei’s corporate practices.
Late on Sunday, the 24th of February, United States President Donald Trump postponed the enactment of increased tariffs against Chinese imports. The action comes as an important signal that the two countries are working hard to negotiate a compromise and prevent a trade war. World markets jumped in response to the delay, providing hope for many that the damaging economic effects of new tariffs may be prevented.
On Thursday, a Maryland federal court judge ordered Christopher Hasson, a lieutenant in the Coast Guard, to remain behind bars for allegedly planning a mass murder plot on prominent Democratic politicians.
Early Monday of this week, the 18th of February, 16 U.S. States filed lawsuits against President Donald Trump’s plan to use a declaration of emergency to secure funding for his border wall. The States hope to block the President's ability to appropriate money from other sections of the United States government and prevent him from spending over 5 billion dollars to construct the wall along the border with Mexico.
On Monday, February 5th, the leaders of 11 nations in both North and South America met in Ottawa, Ontario and pledged their support for Democratic change in Venezuela. Led by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Countries of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Canada released a Declaration endorsing Juan Guaidó as the real President of Venezuela and the necessity of a peaceful regime change.
On Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States intends to withdraw from Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, a pact made between the United States and Russia that has played an integral role in preserving the safety of their surrounding nations.
Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, made a surprise announcement early on the morning of Monday, January 27 announcing the resignation of John McCallum, the Canadian Ambassador to China. The firing of Mr. McCallum came after the Ambassador made a series of controversial remarks regarding Canada’s rift with China over the arrest of telecom executive Meng Wanzhou.
Directly after the Trump Administration pushed for the adoption of fossil fuel energy sources at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poland, the White House announced a sweeping overhaul of federal laws protecting wetlands, streams, and rivers. The move comes as a further assault on environmental protections by President Trump, who has made clear his commitment to unraveling regulations in favor of economic development.
On the morning of November 30th, two massive back to back earthquakes struck the remote U.S. State of Alaska. The quakes, which were 7.0 and 5.7 in magnitude, were the largest since the devastating 1964 earthquake which wiped out most of the capital city of Anchorage. Despite the strength and central location of the earthquakes, not a single serious injury or death was reported.
The American car manufacturer General Motors (GM) made a stunning announcement on Monday that it will be closing five plants in both the United States and Canada, costing thousands of jobs. The decision comes as a bid to buoy slowing sales and invest in producing the types of vehicles currently demanded by consumers across the world. For President Trump, the move by General Motors came as unwelcome news and caused doubt at the effectiveness of his aggressive stance on global trade.
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The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump released a series of severe sanctions on the Iranian government on Monday, Nov 5. The measures against Iran are focused almost entirely on the nation’s oil and gas industry, its primary source of income. The U.S. government has sanctioned over 700 banks, companies, people, vehicles and entities to help exert the maximum amount of pressure on the Iranian regime.
Earlier this week, President Trump told an Axios reporter that he plans to terminate birthright citizenship through an executive order.
On Saturday, October 28th, a gunman burst through the doors of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, shouting anti-semitic phrases and firing a semi-automatic rifle. By the time the shooting stopped, 11 lay dead and four, including two police officers, were wounded.
On Wednesday, Oct 17, Canada legalized the possession and usage of recreational marijuana across all ten of its provinces. The nation became the first major power to permit the drug, with Uruguay being the only other country in the world that also allows marijuana usage. The legalization comes as a great victory for the Administration of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who championed the idea during his election.
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In a surprise announcement, Nikki Haley, the acting United States ambassador to the U.N., declared that she was resigning from her post on Tuesday, October 9th. Her departure from the Trump administration is causing new questions about the stability of the White House going into the midterm elections, as well as the possibility of political aspirations for Haley herself.
On the night of Sunday, September 30th, a new trade deal was born in fevered negotiations between representatives for the nations of Canada, the United States, and Mexico. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is being renamed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to find common ground between the three countries.
The future career of U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is in serious trouble after a flurry of meetings and private discussions were held concerning his fate on Monday. For now Rosenstein still holds his position at the Department of Justice, but is scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump on Thursday over allegations that he planned to secretly record Trump and invoke the 25th amendment, which transfers the office of presidency to the vice president in the case of the president’s death, resignation, removal from office, or severe impairment.
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