Trump to kill old NAFTA to push Congress to approve USMCA

05 December, 2018, 04:28 | Author: Kevin Carter
  • Trump plans to withdraw US from NAFTA

"I'll be terminating it within a relatively short period of time".

"We don't yet have a specific agreement on that, but I will just tell you, as an involved participant, we expect those tariffs to go to zero", he said. The United States should protect its sovereignty over the interests of other countries. It's caused us tremendous amounts of unemployment and loss and company loss and everything else. "It worked very well".

There's disagreement among experts over whether Trump has the authority to pull out of a trade deal like NAFTA without congressional approval. U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says the agreement secures greater access to the Mexican and Canadian markets and lowered barriers for many American products.

"I don't think it's a bluff", Dziczek said Sunday.

"President Trump campaigned against the major flaws in worldwide trade agreements that the original NAFTA created the framework for, and rightly so".

Pelosi, who is expected to take the role of House Speaker in January, has repeatedly expressed deep concerns over the deal's enforceability.

Trump added, "This is an wonderful deal for our farmers. It's NAFTA 2.0", Warren told a luncheon audience last week during a foreign policy speech in Washington.

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Meanwhile, a number of lawmakers and business groups are trying to push for the removal of US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and Mexico, which have inflicted harm upon American manufacturers and consumers, raising costs for a wide array of industries. Marco Rubio tweeted his fears that the current agreement gives agricultural producers in Mexico an unfair advantage.

"We remain concerned that the continued imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico will undermine the benefits of the USMCA", he added.

Such a step could be complicated and could require China to remove tariffs on auto imports from any country to comply with global trade rules.

"The Democrats are in a different position", Lester wrote.

Many Democrats don't like the new USMCA deal, but they weren't happy with the NAFTA deal, either. But some party members would lead Democrats on board. The U.S. does about a $1 trillion worth of business each year with the two countries, and Canada (second) and Mexico (third) are America's most significant trade partners.

Asked about Trump's comments, a spokesman for Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said "this is part of the US ratification process" but declined to comment further. He said "he would have no problem reverting to a "pre-NAFTA" environment".

Despite cautious support from some Republicans, there are early signs of lawmakers using the high-stakes deal to demand that home-state issues be addressed.

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