Apr 28, 2017

The massive pushback on Trump's NAFTA plan

As word spread on Wednesday that President Trump planned to unilaterally withdraw the United States from NAFTA, it took calls from the leaders of Canada and Mexico to convince him that "they're serious," leading Trump to decide to "negotiate rather than terminate," per an interview with the WSJ.

Why it matters: Trump's willingness to go it alone — at least until he faced an onslaught both internationally and domestically — suggests just how much the administration wants a signature Trumpian move to mark its 100th day.

From all sides: The calls also came from top business executives, as one top lobbyist urged CEOs to "call the highest-ranking administration officials [you] can reach."

Trump's key quote: "Hey, I'm a nationalist and a globalist. I'm both. And I'm the only one who makes the decision, believe me."

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Coronavirus updates: First case in sub-Saharan Africa confirmed

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

Nigeria confirmed its first novel coronavirus case in an Italian who flew to Lagos from Milan — the first known case in sub-Saharan Africa. The World Health Organization has been working to prepare Africa's health care systems to be ready for the outbreak, which is now also confirmed in Algeria and Egypt.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,850 people and infected over 83,700 others in some 50 countries and territories. The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica, and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

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Ad spending on 2020 primary tops $1 billion

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Spending on the 2020 presidential primary has officially surpassed the $1 billion mark, with more than half of that total coming from billionaire Michael Bloomberg, according to data from Advertising Analytics.

Why it matters: It's the most money that has been spent this early on in an election cycle in U.S. history.

The growing coronavirus recession threat

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

In just a matter of weeks, top economists and investment bank analysts have gone from expecting the coronavirus outbreak to have minimal impact on the U.S. economy to warning that an outright recession may be on the horizon.

What's happening: The spread of confirmed coronavirus cases in Europe, the Middle East and the U.S., and the speed at which they are being discovered has set the table for the outbreak to have a larger and much costlier impact.