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Trump is actually trying to renegotiate NAFTA

19 May, 2017, 23:28 | Author: Paula Vaughn
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It said Trump will start negotiations with Canada and Mexico "as soon as practicable, but no earlier than 90 days from the date of this notice".

"The United States seeks to support higher-paying jobs in the United States and to grow the USA economy by improving U.S. opportunities under NAFTA, " Lighthizer wrote.

The U.S. wants NAFTA to be modernized to "address intellectual property rights, regulatory practices, state-owned enterprises, services, customs procedures, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, labour, environment and small and medium enterprises", he wrote. During the campaign, then-candidate Trump called NAFTA a "disaster", and renegotiation of the agreement is central to President Trump's "Top Issue" of "Trade Deals that Work For All Americans".

"Trump's actions to renegotiate NAFTA will only deliver a better result, however, if he operates with a "workers first" perspective - and so far, he hasn't", said Merkley in a statement.

In the opinion of Merkley, "If Trump's wealthy and powerful friends dictate the terms of the renegotiation, NAFTA could easily become worse, not better, for working Americans".

"If I'm unable to make a fair deal, if I'm unable to make a fair deal for the United States, meaning a fair deal for our workers and our companies, I will terminate NAFTA", Trump said on April 27 in remarks during a meeting with the president of Argentina. "We see this decision as an opportunity to look at how NAFTA could potentially be improved to make the agreement even more effective for the people of Ontario, our workers and businesses".

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She worries that a revamped NAFTA will include provisions left over from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an agreement between the U.S., Mexico and 10 other Pacific Rim countries negotiated by the Obama administration and thrown out by Trump.

But many Democrats say they will try to hold the administration to its promises on labor and environmental standards, a ban on currency manipulation and novel rules to bring back manufacturing jobs.

The groups have repeatedly urged administration officials and legislators to focus on maintaining what has worked well, such as trade with Mexico, the top market for USA dairy exports.

"NAFTA is a trilateral agreement and the conversations need to be trilateral in nature".

"I can not emphasize enough how important our Mexican customers are to U.S. wheat farmers", Jason Scott, a wheat farmer from Easton, Md., and chairman of U.S. Wheat Associates, which promotes U.S. wheat exports, says in a written statement. The chamber's No. 1 request is that renegotiation of the treaty does no harm to the trade relationship between Canada and the United States. He refused to say whether leaving NAFTA remained an option. "We are steadfastly committed to free trade in the North American region and to ensuring that the benefits of trade are enjoyed by all Canadians". "Most chapters are clearly outdated and do not reflect the most recent standards in US trade agreements".

Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray Caso said Mexico welcomes the negotiations and that his nation has been kept informed and will approach the process constructively.


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