Trump risks backlash in farm belt states if NAFTA gets scrapped

Trump risks backlash in farm belt states if NAFTA gets scrapped”

He went on to add that "I personally don't think you can make a deal without a termination but we're going to see what happens, OK?"

And they are at odds with a trilateral statement from the three partner countries, which said they were committed to "an accelerated and comprehensive negotiation process" but warned that "a great deal of effort and negotiation will be required in the coming months".

On the eve Trump has reiterated his threat to withdraw from the treaty since in the first round of renegotiation in Washington, the three countries - Canada, Mexico and the United States - failed to overcome the deep differences.

He added that Trump's proposed wall along the southern USA border with Mexico was not part of the bilateral agenda between the two countries.

Adam Austen, a Canadian government spokesman, emphasized the strong economic ties between the two nations: 9 million American jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada. And it has helped USA companies pursue profitable investments, especially in Canada, by allowing investors to sue foreign governments without first pursuing legal action in the host country's court system. Trade deals usually take years to negotiate.

In a campaign-style rally in Phoenix on Tuesday, President Donald Trump wheeled from subject to subject in a 77-minute speech touching on'q his Charlottesville response, the media, so-called "clean coal" and much more.

He said Canada and Mexico gained valuable insight that will render Trump's threats less powerful at the negotiating table: in April, the US Congress pushed back against him, the business community fumed, and his own cabinet members pleaded against it.

The industry immediately shot back through Matt Blunt, president of the American Automotive Policy Council, saying that "We certainly think a USA -specific requirement would greatly complicate the ability of companies, particularly small- and medium-size enterprises, to take advantage of the benefits of NAFTA".

The United States and Canada both say that they want to modify NAFTA to include more robust labor rights and environmental standards.

The loonie has rallied almost 7 percent since the start of the year, buoyed by a softer greenback and upbeat domestic economic data that prompted the Bank of Canada to raise interest rates for the first time in seven years last month. The main USA goals are the elimination of trade deficits and more manufacturing jobs.

Even if the upheaval of Trump's threats to scrap NAFTA amounts to nothing but a slightly tweaked agreement, Mexicans have been made well aware of the risks of relying too heavily on the United States during this period of uncertainty.

Without the support of Congress, a president might withdraw the USA from the global agreement, but he could not singlehandedly wave away the law on the U.S. books that implemented NAFTA.

"Trade negotiations often have moments of heated rhetoric". Trump re-opened negotiations of the 1994 treaty out of concern USA economic interests were suffering.

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