Trump threatens to withdraw from Nafta to pressure democrats

Anna Jefferson
December 5, 2018

"We also encourage the administration to remove the steel and aluminum tariffs from Canada and Mexico now that the agreement is signed", Shay said.

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

Indeed, the USMCA is facing resistance from Congressional Democrats who have criticized the strength and enforceability of the new deal's labour and environmental standards.

"The work is not done yet", Brown said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday. But this time, Trump's take-it-or-leave-it scenario was directed at the newly elected Democratic Congress: Approve the USMCA or have no deal at all. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, an architect of the deal, is open to changes, but only to a point.

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President Trump (center), Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto (left) and Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (right) signed the new agreement.

Legislators in Canada and Mexico must still approve the pact.

"We get rid of NAFTA". All those tariffs remain in place despite the signing of the USMCA, much to the displeasure of both Canadian and Mexican governments. "A great deal." Trump said Saturday, during a press conference on Air Force One. I think everyone, almost everybody, whether they have an R or a D after their name, realizes this is important for the economy and certainly for trucking.

"This is good news for American farmers and we now need Congress to follow suit and enact the necessary implementing legislation".

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"As a result, I owe it to New Mexicans to apply the highest level of scrutiny to this agreement to make sure that our border communities won't suffer the consequences of the administration's flawed negotiations".

Business Roundtable, an influential association of leading USA companies' executives, also called for a "prompt resolution" of the tariff issue between all three countries while reviewing the final text of the new trade agreement.

Nancy Pelosi, the frontrunner to regain her position as Speaker of the House, on Friday called the deal a "work in progress". "What isn't in it yet is enough enforcement reassurances regarding workers, provisions that relate to workers and to the environment", she said.

Now that the leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico have signed the agreement, it needs ratification from legislators in all three countries before taking effect. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida tweeted on Friday that the deal as drafted would put Florida's seasonal vegetable growers "out of business".

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