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After calls, Trump not to ditch NAFTA, yet

08 Mai 2017

It is important to note that even if an executive order was drafted and signed, Trump can not simply pull out of NAFTA without some time passing. "I like them very much".

"I said I will hold on the termination, let's see if we can make it a fair deal, because NAFTA has been a disgusting deal for the us", said Trump. I will, and I think we'll be successful in the renegotiation, which frankly would be good, because it will be simpler, but we have to make a deal that's fair for the United States. "It's actually starting today".

Some of Mr Trump's advisers wanted a dramatic move before Mr Trump's 100th day in office tomorrow to fulfil a key campaign promise, while others said he could let the milestone pass and revisit the issue later through more formal procedures.

Trump has blamed NAFTA for American job losses. But the person, along with an administration official, said a number of options remained on the table and stressed discussions are ongoing about the best way to proceed.

Following news that the White House was preparing an executive order to terminate NAFTA, the President said on Twitter Thursday that leaders called from Mexico and Canada "asking to renegotiate rather than terminate".

Instead, Mr Trump has asked the two nations to open talks on ways to make the deal more balanced from the United States perspective, which is allowed within the framework of the treaty.

Within a day, Trump had withdrawn his finger from the trigger.

Hurd supports Trump's plan to renegotiate the trade agreement.

In an interview with the Televisa network, Videgaray gave a blow-by-blow account of Mexico's response after it first saw reports about the draft order around midmorning Wednesday.

Ironically, the very manufacturing workers that helped propel Trump to his election victory would be heavily impacted by a NAFTA withdrawal. And it is unclear what would happen next. Relative calm returned yesterday after Trump's comments, and the Mexican peso strengthened 0.86 per cent against the USA dollar while the Canadian dollar was flat versus the greenback.

The U.S. has already imposed tariffs of up to 24 per cent on Canadian softwood timber and is investigating whether steel and aluminum imports pose a threat to national security.

Unifor president Jerry Dias, who was lauded for securing favourable deals for autoworkers in negotiations with General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler, said the government should deploy an aggressive approach in its response to U.S. President Donald Trump, who threatened to withdraw from NAFTA earlier this week.

"In one way, I like the termination".

NAFTA replaced a 1989 bilateral free trade deal between Canada and the United States which Ottawa has said it would fall back on if the current agreement was dumped. The US trade deficit in goods and services a year ago with Mexico was $62 billion, but with Canada the US had a surplus of $8 billion.

Senior administration officials worked Wednesday afternoon to tamp down what Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross dismissed as a "rumor" that the Trump administration was preparing to withdraw from NAFTA.

Trudeau said the president was serious and ready to announce a NAFTA pullout before they chatted by phone. That person also spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the administration's thinking.

It demonstrates, again, the primacy of personal relationships in the impulsive decision-making of a president who has little policy knowledge or fixed political principles.

After calls, Trump not to ditch NAFTA, yet