U.S. to Pursue Cutting Off Trade Deal with Mexico, Canada – Trump
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump said that the US may cut off a trade deal with Mexico. Further, Washington is planning to follow a separation with Canada. This spread renewed doubts on North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)’s future.
“We have had very good sessions with Mexico and with the new president of Mexico, who won overwhelmingly, and we’re doing very well on our trade agreement. So we’ll see what happens. We may do a deal separately with Mexico and we’ll negotiate with Canada at a later time. But we’re having very good discussions with Mexico,” Trump said.
During his election campaign, Trump promised the overhauling of the US NAFTA trade deal between Canada and Mexico. Moreover, he called it the country’s disaster.
However, there was a slowdown in the negotiations that started last August. The supposed negotiations are likely to finish in the last quarter of 2017. The struggle of Canada and Mexico in meeting the demands of Washington delayed the negotiations to materialize.
According to Mexico’s President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, he wants to maintain a good relationship with the United States. He also assured that the transition team will join NAFTA talks in the future.
Meanwhile, Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo is planning to visit the United States for bilateral talks on the 26th of July. He will also then meet the officials from Canada.
Guajardo said that the three countries are resuming NAFTA negotiations.
“We’re continuing both of those tracks. We see a lot of progress on the conversations with Mexico, and if we could make a bilateral deal with them, we’re certainly very happy to do that. But, again, we’re continuing both conversations, both tracks,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said when asked whether the trilateral talks and separate discussions with Canada are withdrawn.
During Wednesday’s cabinet meeting, Pompeo said that he hoped for any progress on the trade talks.
“We made clear to them (Mexico) that the migration issue must be resolved and we need to have strong borders. We talked to them about the trade. There will be more, I think, in the coming days to talk about – the progress we’re making on trying to resolve the issues on NAFTA. I’m very hopeful there,” he said.
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