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President Donald Trump was elected last year with a promise to put America first: to renegotiate or possibly scrap trade deals he argues aren’t benefiting the United States.

In northern New Hampshire, where the state bumps against the Canadian border, those policies are now playing out in the lumber industry, leaving loggers and sawmills on both sides of the border adjusting to a new economic landscape.

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It seems like a simple question: Overall, have free-trade agreements (like NAFTA) been good news or bad news for the Granite State?

The answer, according to the experts and others who weighed in during The Exchange, isn’t so straightforward.

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Some insist these sweeping pacts help the overall economy, leading to more affordable goods and raising the standard of living for Americans. But others argue they displace workers and lead to lower wages. We examine this debate, including how it's playing out in the presidential campaign, and the role trade plays in New Hampshire's economy.

This program was part of an NPR initiative called A Nation Engaged.

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Congress is in the throes of debate over complex trade deals that include President Obama’s bid for fast-track authority to expand trade with Asia.  Critics say these proposals hurt American workers. Supporters say they improve the flow of goods in the global economy. We’ll dig into this debate and find out how New Hampshire might be affected.