Trump NAFTA termination vow pressures Congress to bless new deal

Donald Trump says he'll terminate Nafta

Donald Trump says he'll terminate Nafta

"I'll be terminating it within a relatively short period of time", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One as he flew back to Washington after a two-day meeting in Argentina with the leaders of other major world economies.

Mexico's Enrique Pena Nieto (left), President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sign the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The revised deal has been renamed as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA.

Earlier this month I sent a letter to President Trump, along with 45 co-signers from the U.S. House of Representatives, urging him to remove the SOGI language before signing the agreement with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico and Trudeau on November 30.

And there remains the matter of crippling tariffs on steel and aluminum the Trump administration imposed on imports from Canada, ostensibly for national-security reasons, while the treaty negotiations were on. But with Democrats taking over the House of Representatives in January, the president could have an upward battle to get the new deal cleared.

"In the United States the new trade pact will support high-paying manufacturing jobs and promote greater access for American exports across the range of sectors including our farming, manufacturing, and service industries", Trump said.

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.

AFBF President Zippy Duvall said, "In every way, this new agreement is just as good, if not better than, the one that came before".

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Some Republicans say they, too, are disinclined to support the agreement in its current form.

In an attempt to blunt such maneuvering, Trump on Saturday said he would move to terminate the existing agreement soon - so Congress would be forced to choose between the new deal or no pact.

Numerous nation's largest ports have been reporting record container volume as shippers rushed to get those items into the United States or sent overseas before the higher tariffs took effect. All trade deals need to be approved by Congress before they can take effect.

What has Congress said about this?

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

Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader who is likely to be elected speaker, cast doubt on the likelihood that the deal could be passed without significant new assurances from Mexico that labour standards in the agreement will be strictly enforced.

"What isn't in it yet are enough enforcement reassurances regarding workers" and the environment, she told a press conference.

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