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Trump to kill old NAFTA to push Congress to approve USMCA

05 December, 2018, 01:50 | Author: Melinda Barton
  • Donald Trump

"I will be formally terminating NAFTA shortly".

Friday, during the G20 Summit in Argentina, President Trump had signed the United States Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) along with Mexican President, Enrique Pena Nieto, and Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.

Even as he suggested he would make such a drastic move, he played down its potential impact, adding that he would have no problem reverting to a "pre-Nafta" environment.

For the first time in a free trade agreement, sexual orientation and gender identity language (SOGI) is contained within President Trump's U.S. -Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA).

President Trump said he will give Congress an ultimatum on the USMCA deal. "The deal eliminates Canada's unfair Class 6 and Class 7 milk pricing schemes, opens additional access to USA dairy into Canada, and imposes new disciplines on Canada's supply management system", Perdue said. NFU president Roger Johnson wants changes before Congress ratifies the agreement.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was pleased an agreement had been reached.

"We get rid of NAFTA".

Larry Kudlow, Trump's senior economic adviser, said he and Trump hadn't spoken in detail about the president's thinking.


Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from MA, speaks at American University in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018.

In an interview with CNN on Sunday, he said, "We can go back to the table with the Mexicans and the Canadians and do stronger labor standards".

What has Congress said about this?

"I'm hopeful that it will", Senator Sherrod Brown answered.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said on Twitter that the deal as drafted "will put Florida seasonal vegetable growers out of business" by allowing Mexico to dump subsidized produce into the United States.

"As it's now written, Trump's deal won't stop the serious and ongoing harm NAFTA causes for American workers". "I think that's how he thinks he's going to whip votes".

Shortly after Friday's signing, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer insisted that the deal was negotiated with bipartisan support from both Democrats and Republicans, and expressed confidence it would survive the congressional approval process.

The leaders of the three countries agreed on a deal in principle to replace NAFTA, which governs more than $1.2 trillion of mutual trade, after acrimonious negotiations concluded on September 30.

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