Trump on Mexico Trade: 'May Have Something Worked Out'

27 July, 2018, 10:02 | Author: Sheri Evans
  • Mexico's incoming president wants to work with Trump to end NAFTA talks anti-establishment alliance

"I believe a successful renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement will lead to even more jobs and higher wages for hard-working American and Mexican workers - but only if it can go quickly, because otherwise I must go a much different route", Trump wrote in the letter.

Canada has requested a NAFTA Chapter 20 review of the safeguard tariffs imposed by the U.S. on imports of solar photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules, it was announced on Monday.

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Republicans in November's midterms could also tout the deal as proof that U.S. President Donald Trump made good on his 2016 presidential campaign pledge to fix or abandon NAFTA.

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His administration also announced up to US$12-billion in emergency aid for American farmers hurt by his trade wars - money to ease the pain of retaliatory tariffs imposed by jurisdictions from China to Canada to the European Union.

Freeland says the solar panel tariff is a violation of NAFTA rules and was imposed even though the United States International Trade Commission determined imports from Canada were not hurting the USA economy.

Lopez Obrador, Trump said at the "Made in America Product Showcase," is "a terrific person" and the two spoke "at length on a call".

The talks had moved slowly and stalled in the run-up to the July 1 presidential election in Mexico, which yielded a landslide victory for veteran leftist Lopez Obrador.

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Trump did not mention Canada in his comments.

The minister is scheduled to meet with Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington on July 26.

López Obrador sent a letter to President Trump last week urging a resolution to the NAFTA talks, Reuters reports, as "prolonging the uncertainty could stop investment in the medium and long-term", threatening economic growth. Shortly after Mr. Trump's inauguration, the Americans presented the Canadians with what the official described as a back-of-the-napkin agreement that Jared Kushner, the President's son-in-law and presidential adviser, had purportedly reached with Mexico's Mr. Videgaray.

NAFTA talks are due to resume Thursday in Washington between Canada, Mexico and the United States, and Mexico City has said a deal could be struck by the end of August. "We will try to make emigration optional and not necessary", Lopez Obrador wrote in the seven-page letter.

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