Donald Trump refuses to commit to trade pact — NAFTA

Elias Hubbard
October 12, 2017

Trump, as we know, does not share that view, denouncing the agreement in August as "the worst trade deal ever made". "We'll see if we can do the kind of changes that we need", he said.

This week, as trade negotiators from U.S., Mexico, and Canada meet in our nation's capital, they must squarely confront the reality that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has failed working people in all three countries.

"I think Canadians are aware that the American administration and the president makes decisions that surprise people from time to time", Trudeau said, "and that is something that we are very much aware of, and very braced for and conscious of", Trudeau was quoted by CBC News.

On Friday, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown offered his support, saying it was "about time" United States trade negotiators "took the pen away from corporate lobbyists and started writing trade policy that puts American workers first".

U.S. President Donald Trump has criticized NAFTA for luring U.S. manufacturing jobs to low-wage Mexico and has vowed to quit the pact or revise it to reduce his country's $64 billion trade deficit with its southern neighbor.

"We don't hope it will, we don't desire that it will, we don't believe that it will, but it is at least a conceptual possibility as we go forward", Ross said. "But it has to be fair to both countries". Harper joins Rona Ambrose, former interim Conservative leader and Brian Mulroney, former Progressive Conservative prime minister.

U.S. proposals include limiting the number of federal government contracts that Mexican and Canadian companies can win, a provision that would cause the deal to automatically expire in five years unless all three countries vote to renew, and changes in how much of a product needs to be made in North America to come under Nafta protections. Debbie Dingell and Dan Kildee, both D-Mich., and both with vehicle and part plants, though not as many as once loomed there. Just in the first year after NAFTA took effect in 1994, GM closed a plant in her northern OH district, costing 14,000 jobs, by moving the work to Mexico.

The Trump administration's decision to impose 219 percent tariffs on Canadian aircraft - created to block a Bombardier sale to Delta that Boeing had pursued - also inflamed tensions with Canada.

Trudeau said he "highlighted" the dispute in his talks Wednesday. Lawmakers could pass a resolution calling on the president to obtain congressional authority before invoking the NAFTA clause that lets countries pull out. This week, his government revealed it would investigate buying surplus fighter jets from Australia rather than complete a contract to buy new fighters from Boeing.

"My optimism toward NAFTA, toward a renegotiation, isn't based on personality or reading political tea leaves", Trudeau said following his talks with Trump.

The Canadian PM, while addressing a gathering at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit recently, with the United States president's daughter Ivanka in the crowd listening to him, said his approach towards reaching out to Trump remains the same like any other global leader. I happen to think that NAFTA will have to be terminated if we're going to make it good.

New trade deals might be negotiated - eventually. Scheduled talks in this session have been extended by two days to Tuesday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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