It's widely treated as an article of faith that, if Donald Trump makes good on his vow to rip up our trade deals, he'll seek to re-negotiate them in a manner that helps American workers. After all, he's a "populist" who vows to remake the GOP as a "workers party," so surely any renegotiated deals on trade -- his signature issue, the one that cemented his bond with Rust Belt working class whites -- will follow suit, right?
Maybe. But here's another plausible outcome: Whatever provisions on trade Trump does pursue on behalf of workers (such as tariffs -- never mind whether this would actually help them), Trump very well may also seek to re-craft our trade deals in ways that favor corporations.
Don't take my word for this. Indeed, note that business groups themselves believe this is an actual possibility.
Politico reports Wednesday that business lobbies, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, are privately gearing up for a campaign to convince Trump that, if he does seek to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, he should do so in ways that help them: