Trump terminating NAFTA, negotiating with Canada

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"Progress between Mexico and the United States is a necessary requirement for any renewed NAFTA agreement".

The Canadian team could be more amenable to the talks now that the United States has backed away from a controversial and strenuously-opposed provision to require the three nations to renegotiate NAFTA after five years.

"NAFTA without Canada is a stool with two legs", Davis said. The Trump White House will have to start trying to build support in Congress for its bilateral approach. This gives Canadian negotiators a much better understanding of the USA bottom line.

Auto-immunity: Per Reuters, the agreement helps resolve one of the stickiest issues that arose under NAFTA surrounding the rules of origins for cars, which required that a certain percentage of vehicle parts be from countries within the NAFTA region in order to avoid tariffs.

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the agreement was "absolutely terrific" and would modernize a trade deal that had "gotten seriously out of whack".

"They used to call it NAFTA".

"Canada, United States and Mexico represent one body with three heads", said Alfredo Duarte, co-founder and president of Dallas-based Taxco Produce Inc., which imports food from Mexico. Moreover, a new trade agreement with Mexico would require Congress to pass implementing legislation by a majority of both houses before it could come into force. Trump announced that the United States and Mexico have reached a preliminary agreement on trade.

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The lack of a trade deal with Mexico - America's top corn buyer - threatened to have a similar impact on corn prices.

Instead, the Mexican President Enrique Peña-Nieto, who joined Trump in the Oval Office by speakerphone, emphasized three times the importance of Canada joining the burgeoning agreement.

With the USA holding its mid-term elections on November 6, Heyman said the likelihood of Trump's trade threats toward Canada becoming reality is slim. But some critics have said it would be smaller than NAFTA, the trilateral deal Trump is seeking to terminate. But suddenly the heat seems to be on to have Canada sign a new NAFTA deal by the end of the week.

"I don't think we're over [the possibility of] President Trump ultimately tweeting one morning that the USA is withdrawing from NAFTA", Perezcano Diaz said at the time.

As the cameras rolled, the USA president pressed a button on his phone and said: "And I believe the President is on the phone". But the countries still must resolve hard issues, including US complaints about Canada's protection for its dairy farmers and the way disputes are resolved under NAFTA.

Prior to Trump's remarks, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said through a spokesman that "Canada is encouraged by the continued optimism shown by our negotiating partners".

US business groups are encouraged by progress on a replacement for Nafta but have concerns about provisions such as weakening protections for investors and don't want to see separate deals with Mexico and Canada.

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