Trump calls for quick NAFTA deal in letter to Mexico president-elect
- Author: Anthony Vega Jul 27, 2018,
Jul 27, 2018, 10:02
Still, Jesus Seade, Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's incoming NAFTA negotiator, said on Tuesday he believed a new NAFTA deal could be reached in the next few months.
"Otherwise, I must go a much different route", Trump said in response to a letter delivered to him by a delegation of US officials led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that visited Lopez Obrador in Mexico City on July 13.
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Seade and Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo will later this week travel to Washington to revive NAFTA talks with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.
Lopez Obrador, who takes office on December 1, also called for the countries to redouble their efforts to wrap up talks to modernize the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada. The U.S.is now gearing up for mid-term congressional and senate elections in November.
"It would not be my preference, but would be far more profitable for the United States and its taxpayers". The leftist former mayor of Mexico City has said he plans to maintain NAFTA, and his allies have said the transition team will take part in talks. This doesn't herald the beginning of a split into separate bilateral deals, but an effort by the Americans to take a different tack in negotiations.
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A senior Canadian official with knowledge of the talks said a major logjam in NAFTA talks is the wage requirements the U.S.is seeking, along with a requirement for 70 per cent North American content in cars manufactured on the continent to qualify for duty-free entry to the USA market.
The United States has imposed a 30-per-cent safeguard tariff on imports of solar panels from all countries, including Canada, officials said.
Trump did not mention Canada in his comments. Mexico is also adamant about rejecting this expiration date on NAFTA.
Trump has spoken against Mexican immigration and trade, and Obrador pledged to put Trump "in his place" during his campaign, but despite this history and their differing politics, Obrador said he is optimistic about their working relationship, Reuters reported. According to the report, as a result of the administration's tariffs, $11 million in New Hampshire exports to Canada are targeted for retaliation, and close to $1 million in exports to Mexico are targeted for retaliation.
"That change in Mexico presents us with the opportunity to restart those discussions".