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Trudeau greets Trump at G7 summit in Canada. Photo: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images
Americans are narrowly in favor of President Trump’s renegotiation of NAFTA (50% approve, 45% oppose) but the balance swings the other way when it comes to moving ahead on a deal that excludes Canada, with 49% opposed and 46% in favor.
The bigger picture: Approval of Trump’s approach to trade almost exactly matches his overall approval rating according to a new Axios/Survey Monkey poll, with 44% in favor and 53% opposed. It has held steady since July, though Republican support is hardening in favor (60% now strongly approve, up from 52%).
As with every aspect of the Trump presidency, there is a sharp partisan divide. It’s particularly notable in this case — Trump has turned a party that once swore by “free trade” into a pro-tariff bloc.
Worth noting: Details are relatively scarce on the "understanding" Trump announced with Mexico, so the responses may indicate more about respondents' feelings toward NAFTA and Trump's plan to renegotiate it, rather than the contents of the actual deal.
The latest: Trump announced a preliminary agreement with Mexico on Monday, but missed a deadline Friday to bring Canada into the fold. He has since tweeted: “If we don’t make a fair deal for the U.S. after decades of abuse, Canada will be out.” Legal hurdles and opposition in Congress make a U.S.-Mexico replacement for NAFTA unlikely. Negotiations with Canada are set to resume on Wednesday.
Here's a look at the average number of hours those employed in selected countries work per year, according to a 2016 OECD report:
By the numbers: That means Mexicans, on average, work the equivalent of 58 more 8-hour days than Americans. Germans work 51 fewer.
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Brazil's Museu Nacional went up in flames Sunday evening, destroying many of the nation's most prized cultural and historical artifacts, Axios' Stef Kight writes.
Why it matters: The museum, founded in a former royal palace in Rio de Janeiro in 1818, was one of the most renowned in Latin America. Now, most of 20 million artifacts are believed to be lost. "Very little will be left," preservation director Joao Carlos Nara told Agencia Brasil, per CNN.
Some of what is feared lost...
"Imagine the Palace of Versailles on fire and you will understand the magnitude of what happened yesterday."— Marina Amaral on Twitter.
Protesters gathered at the museum gates. Anger is growing over a lack of funding and ignored warnings.
A pupil at a UNRWA school. Photo: Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP/Getty Images
Before the White House announced Friday that it would cut all funding to the UN agency that supports Palestinian refugees, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu privately conveyed a message that Israel's position had changed — and that it would support a complete cut, Axios contributor Barak Ravid scoops.
Behind the scenes: Netanyahu did not consult Israel's security chiefs, and many top defense and intelligence officials were caught off guard.
Why it matters...
Go deeper with Barak's latest reporting...
Journalist Kyaw Soe Oo after being sentenced to seven years in prison. Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty
Citing violations of the Official Secrets Act, a court in Myanmar has sentenced two Reuters journalists to seven years in prison. They were arrested last December while investigating the deaths of 10 Rohingya Muslims.
Why it matters: The global attention on the crisis is due largely to investigative journalism by reporters like Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo — now facing long jail terms for doing their jobs.
Go deeper: Read the investigation that led to their arrest.
Xi addresses Africa leaders in Beijing. Photo: Madoka Ikegami/Pool/Getty Images
1. Chinese President Xi Jinping is hosting leaders from all but one of Africa's countries in Beijing (eSwatini, previously Swaziland, skipped). He has promised $60 billion in development funding.
2. Richard Liu, founder and CEO of Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com, returned to China today, days after his arrest in Minneapolis on sexual misconduct charges.
3. In recent months, hundreds of peer-to-peer lending companies have gone bust in China, erasing investors' life savings, per the Washington Post.
Francis (R) visits Benedict in 2016. Photo: Maurix/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
Why it matters: "Some Vatican watchers and insiders say the mere fact of Benedict’s 2013 abdication has made the modern papacy more vulnerable, emboldening voices of dissent. They say it’s hard to imagine a letter like the one released last week by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, provoking Pope Francis with a call to resign, without Benedict having created the possibility that modern popes might give up their seats before death."
High school freshman begin military training in Handan, China. Photo: Hao Qunying/VCG via Getty Images
“I am afraid, the inevitable outcome is a victory for the EU, with the U.K. lying flat on the canvas with 12 stars circling symbolically over our semi-conscious head.”— Boris Johnson, writing in the Daily Telegraph
"There are no new ideas in this article to respond to.”— Downing Street's response
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