by Countable | 4.27.17
President Donald Trump received calls Wednesday from the leaders of Canada and Mexico following rumblings of an upcoming executive order that would withdraw the U.S. from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), who convinced him to renegotiate rather than abandon the trade pact.
I received calls from the President of Mexico and the Prime Minister of Canada asking to renegotiate NAFTA rather than terminate. I agreed..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 27, 2017
...subject to the fact that if we do not reach a fair deal for all, we will then terminate NAFTA. Relationships are good-deal very possible!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 27, 2017
Wednesday night, the White House released a statement from the president in which Trump said "It is my privilege to bring NAFTA up-to-date, I believe that the end result will make all three countries stronger and better." While this would fulfill a campaign pledge Trump made to improve or leave NAFTA, to make it happen he needs Congress to grant him “fast-track” trade promotion authority — which forces Congress to vote on a trade deal as presented to them by negotiators without further amending it.
The good news for White House is that they may find bipartisan support in Congress for the fast-track. Former President Barack Obama managed to get a Republican-controlled Congress to grant him trade promotion authority for the negotiation of the ill-fated Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in June 2015.
Trump’s desire to renegotiate NAFTA will likely appeal to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. And his willingness to leave the trade pact is similar to the attitude taken in a resolution introduced by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), which lays out specific elements that must be included in an updated NAFTA and encourages the president to consider withdrawing the U.S. if they’re not.
Click the image above to read and vote on Rep. DeFazio’s resolution, or use the "Take Action" button to tell your lawmakers what you think about NAFTA.
— Eric Revell
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Written by Countable
Trump should not be permitted to negotiate anything. Except the terms of his resignation.
Trump is only good at organizing Ponzi schemes, I doubt Canada and Mexico are really excited to "renegotiate" with him. Maybe if he paid his bills on time and didn't bug out of contracts on private citizens he might have more credibility.
It has always been a very simple concept that many do not understand. Countries are strongest and most secure when their have strong alliances with strong and secure neighbors. Stop trying to "win" trade deals at the expense of our neighbors, and stop antagonizing them. It does very little for our world image to be seen as bullies, and it does little for a safer, more stable, and more cooperative world.
In the 21st Century when borders are only on the map and not in people's minds we are going back to the dark ages of isolationism and protectionism. Grow up, move on, think for the future, not the past! Trump did not even write his own "Art if the Deal" and now is pitching his "dealmaking skills" which brought him to 4 bankruptcies? To what end? To bankrupt the USA? And bullying the neighbors in the process? Canada and Mexico will be fine without us, but the US will be in the gutter without them.
He should not be allowed to negotiate anything on behalf of the American people. He has shown over and over that his only allegiances are to himself, his bank account, and his billionaire cronies. Suspend all authority until completion of a thorough independent investigation into Russian interference into the election and open disclosure of all financial interests for review by Office of Government Ethics and resolution of all perceived conflicts of interest.
We should renegotiate NAFTA so it helps all nations involved in it.
He's probably going to make it worse
Donald Trump couldn't negotiate his way out of Saran Wrap. His idea of negotiation is to take what he wants and then hire lawyers to avoid paying for it. He is a blowhard, a weakling, an embarrassment.
How can we make enemies of our closest nations ,what is happening to the United States. I would hope that members of the house and Congress would start sticking up for Americans. This is embarrassing
He is not capable of negotiating anything that does not benefit him, his family or the rich!
Why should NAFTA be renegotiated after more than 20 years of being effective? If this agreement was /is so bad, why wasn't NAFTA renegotiated by the two prior presidents? Leave it alone for now!!!
And how many jobs have we lost since we joined this group? Long past the time to renegotiate this deal. Especially now that we have someone that is truly interested in bringing jobs back to the US and making this country great again!
Finally, a president that will at least try to negotiate instead of taking whatever terms others set for the USA. I'd prefer us not even need such deals, but at least he's trying to improve them!
Trump is trying to Gaslight us from the health care. Trump is only looking out for himself.
NAFTA brought prosperity to some sectors, but ruin to others. It disrupted the livelihood of countless American workers while making the owners of large international corporations very wealthy. The trade stats may look impressive but at the end of the day, we have a ballooning trade deficit with Mexico, and the lower workers' benefits there undermine the American workforce. A negotiation is long overdue.
If there is a severe inequality yes the renegotiate, otherwise leave it alone because I don't trust the current administration to look out for anyone but themselves and their views and interests. I also don't trust congress because they have shown they value the lobbyists and special interests or their party before the American people
Trump is unfit to make any negotiations.
Further alienation and destruction of international ties only helps Trump. Do not allow this happen please. Stand firm against this divisive action.
RENEGOTIATE NAFTA IMMEDIATELY! This was a HORRIBLE TRADE AGREEMENT THAT HAS DEVASTATED OUR Country! Fair trade MUST BE IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF OUR COUNTRY!!! THANK YOU TRUMP FOR KEEPING STRONG AND MAGA!!!