Trump will terminate NAFTA to press Dems into approving new trade deal

Donald Trump says he'll terminate Nafta

Trump says he'll be 'formally terminating NAFTA shortly' in a move that puts pressure on Congress

US President Donald Trump said on Saturday he will give formal notice to the US Congress in the near future to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), giving six months for lawmakers to approve a new trade deal signed on Friday.

Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One while returning to Washington from Argentina, Trump said: "I will be formally terminating Nafta shortly".

Canada's pressure to include "soft things" like labour standards in the new North American free-trade treaty will help secure critical support for the deal from Democrats in the United States Congress, the Canadian ambassador to the us says.

"I think we will get the support of a lot of Democrats, a very high number of Democrats, absolutely - I have no doubt about it", Lighthizer said.

There's disagreement among experts over whether Trump has the authority to pull out of a trade deal like NAFTA without congressional approval.

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Nancy Pelosi, the frontrunner to regain her position as Speaker of the House, on Friday called the deal a "work in progress". The USMCA requires at least 40 percent of auto production to come from factories with an average wage of 16 US dollars per hour. "I want to see how many Democratic votes come on board for this".

The US International Trade Commission is now conducting an investigation into the likely impacts of USMCA. Trade talks will commence on a range of issues, and if those cannot be resolved after 90 days, tariffs could rise then, the Dive reports.

AFBF President Zippy Duvall said, "In every way, this new agreement is just as good, if not better than, the one that came before". It's a win for Montana beef and wheat producers, as well as other commodities that have trade with our Neighbor to the North. Bozzella said automakers will need to invest in "elaborate processes" to ensure compliance with such rules, and suppliers will have to establish similar "costly processes".

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.

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