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Trump, Mexican and Canadian Leaders, Agree to Renegotiate NAFTA

The White House released this statement Wednesday evening:

Late this afternoon, President Donald J. Trump spoke with both President Peña Nieto of Mexico and Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada. Both conversations were pleasant and productive. President Trump agreed not to terminate NAFTA at this time and the leaders agreed to proceed swiftly, according to their required internal procedures, to enable the renegotiation of the NAFTA deal to the benefit of all three countries. President Trump said, “it is my privilege to bring NAFTA up to date through renegotiation. It is an honor to deal with both President Peña Nieto and Prime Minister Trudeau, and I believe that the end result will make all three countries stronger and better.”

Earlier in the day, stories has circulated that President Trump was going to withdraw from NAFTA altogether. That, it appears, was just a negotiating ploy.

Trump made criticism of NAFTA a central theme of his election campaign.

14 Responses to Trump, Mexican and Canadian Leaders, Agree to Renegotiate NAFTA

  1. Is that a smirk on my face – why, yes it is.
    Boy oh boy, this President is go-o-o-d. Someone might think he knows how to wheel & deal to get what he wants.
    Seriously, MrTrump is a master negotiator, a deal-maker of the highest order, and someone who has the other world leaders on edge. A true leader who isn’t afraid to use the big hammer or the subtle hook to reaffirm our position in world affairs.

  2. “Trump made criticism of NAFTA a central theme of his election campaign”. And now he is renegotiating it. Keith, do I trace a mild confusion and critic here ? Well, I am sitting here on a fence, following some of the political goings on during the Trump administration with a similar state of mind.
    In a previous “schedule” Keith wrote that Trump now has signed an executive order “improving whistle blowers protection”. Improved protection ? Oh dear. I am not fooled. Because I just read that Trump doesn´t mind that Sessions plan to construct some fake criminal case against one of the most important whistle blowers of our time, Mr Assange, just to get him extradited. And crushed. As I remember it, Trump really benefited from Assanges information. And now, no use anymore, throw him to the wolves. But apart from that, Assange did the right thing as a journalist when he exposed the material he got.That is what a journalist is supposed to do. They are not supposed to be the henchmen and footmen of the power. Because then we have Pravda. What is happening to free speech, to citizens right to know ?

  3. The truth is that the USA can’t withdraw from NAFTA altogether. This would be a disaster for the US economy. Trump knows it, Trudeau knows it and Peña Nieto knows it. That is why the governments of the two countries are not nervous about the negotiations. Plus, Trump position on Canada before the negotiations was really not a good idea.
    The only thing he managed to do was to have a common front of the provinces against him.

  4. Maybe the reason Trump threaten a 20% import tax on Canadian lumber was to get their attention. An import tax would not be good because it the cost of home building to go up. If he put an import on Mexico it would cause an increase in the price of flat screen TVs which the consumer would pay…not Mexico.

  5. Trudeau and Nieto. I do not envy President Trump having to sit through conversations and negotiations with these two.

    Good thing that he is a master negotiator. It seems like all good negotiators PDT knows his end goal and also knows when to walk away.