Ariz. business group opposes Trump on NAFTA

25 August, 2017, 01:47 | Author: Franklin Nunez
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The United States has just started renegotiating its free trade deal with Canada and Mexico, but President Trump is already warning the talks may fail.

"Personally", Trump said, "I don't think we can make a deal because we have been so badly taken advantage of".

NAFTA negotiations start this week between Canada, the USA and Mexico.

"Trump's a good business man, he's a very good negotiator and that's his style of negotiation", said Tony Bennett, president of the Texas Association of Manufacturers. Many smaller US companies have been able to compete and survive by outsourcing production of some components. The three countries said they planned to meet again in Mexico September 1-5, in Canada late next month and back in the United States in October.

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"We welcome the opportunity to identify ways to modernize NAFTA while preserving the core benefits of the agreement", he said. As a practical matter, he said, if NAFTA negotiations slow down and become snarled in election-year politics, "it's going to be hard to get it done in 2018". For Christine St-Pierre, minister of worldwide Relations and the Francophonie, "there is what Mr. Trump says, and there are people at the table of negotiations".

"I think courts are going to be sympathetic to the idea that the president can't ignore the legislation that implements these trade agreements".

"The issuance of this notice is a deliberate strategy for the USTR to then say, 'We can't really talk about procurement, it's a multilateral issue, it's much broader than the NAFTA.and we have a process underway so we really can't put this on the table for discussion, ' " he said, referring to the United States Trade Representative.

Consider also that reduced costs for parts and the reduced distances of the supply chain that NAFTA allowed for have made North American made vehicles more competitive around the world. Lighthizer's opening statement also demanded "effective provisions to guard against currency manipulation".

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The former deputy trade czar under Barack Obama said it's an obvious move and he thinks the president made it too early.

"We should assure that there is equal access and reciprocity in government procurement and agriculture", he noted.

Republicans in the USA have already stated their intention to try and open the land up for drilling which environmentalists and Indigenous people believe would dramatically impact the herd. During the 2016 campaign, he blasted NAFTA as a bad deal for American workers, blaming it for an exodus of U.S.jobs to Mexico.

In April Premier Sandy Silver promised to brief both opposition leaders on topics related to NAFTA. Tariffs were eliminated progressively and all duties and quantitative restrictions, with the exception of those on a limited number of agricultural products traded with Canada, were eliminated by 2008.

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"I will continue to work with the administration to ensure any new agreement is in the best interest of the Texans whose livelihoods depend on free and fair trade across our borders".

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