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Fri May 19, 2017, 06:25 AM

Trump administration triggers renegotiation of NAFTA

Trump administration triggers renegotiation of NAFTA

Mexico and Canada say they welcome chance to modernise the 23-year-old trade pact

9 hours ago
by: Shawn Donnan in Washington and Jude Webber in Mexico City

Donald Trump has fired the starting gun on renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico, with his administration notifying Congress on Thursday that it planned to begin formal talks as soon as August.

The move came in a letter to congressional leaders from Robert Lighthizer, the new US trade representative, giving Congress the required 90-day notification of new trade talks. It also came just three weeks after Mr Trump abruptly reversed a plan to withdraw from the 23-year-old trade agreement that now underpins the North American supply chains of myriad multinational companies. Mr Lighthizer said the US hoped to wrap up the negotiations by the end of this year. But he and other administration officials also signalled that Washington would be seeking fundamental changes in the relationships with Canada and Mexico.

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Efforts to deliver on the president’s promise to tackle Nafta have been held up by delays in Mr Lighthizer’s confirmation. He was finally sworn in only on Monday. But they could still face opposition in a Congress for which the administration will have to delineate its Nafta objectives in more detail by mid-July.

https://www.ft.com/content/17bcd6da-3bdd-11e7-821a-6027b8a20f23

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Reply Trump administration triggers renegotiation of NAFTA (Original post)
TM999 May 2017 OP
smoke check May 2017 #1
foia May 2017 #2
TM999 May 2017 #4
Carl May 2017 #3
ForrestTrump May 2017 #13
Carl May 2017 #14
ProLapse May 2017 #5
Tovera May 2017 #6
Crazy D May 2017 #7
Tovera May 2017 #9
Crazy D May 2017 #10
TM999 May 2017 #8
ForrestTrump May 2017 #15
Grumpy Pickle May 2017 #11
ProLapse May 2017 #12

Response to TM999 (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 08:00 AM

1. Good to see this happening.

Now if we can cut some better business deals and maybe take China's MFN status while we are at it.

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Response to TM999 (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 08:12 AM

2. Obviously this is the work of Putin

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Response to foia (Reply #2)

Fri May 19, 2017, 08:50 AM

4. This was the pertinent line for me.

Efforts to deliver on the president’s promise to tackle NAFTA have been held up by delays in Mr Lighthizer’s confirmation. He was finally sworn in only on Monday.

So while the Democrats have been wasting time on the Russian bullshit and delaying confirmations, real work like renegotiating NAFTA is being held up by their obstruction.

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Response to TM999 (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 08:31 AM

3. This is why the establishment hates him.

The Chamber of Commerce types love the cheap labor while the poverty pimps want more dependent illegals.

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Response to Carl (Reply #3)

Fri May 19, 2017, 03:16 PM

13. Definitely, Donald Trump is anti establishment. LOL

 

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Response to ForrestTrump (Reply #13)

Fri May 19, 2017, 03:18 PM

14. LOLing at the silly sock

What account number is this one?

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Response to TM999 (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 09:26 AM

6. I'll give credit where credit is due.

IMO, the guy's been a trainwreck for the most part...but this is a much-needed step. Moreover, it represents keeping a campaign promise in a better, more-constructive way than simply bailing on the agreement entirely. Well done.

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Response to Tovera (Reply #6)

Fri May 19, 2017, 09:37 AM

7. I hate NAFTA, it cost me a nice paying job I had 1990-95...

Outfit called Ethicon here in Cincy, $17.00 bucks a hour (which was decent money back then) plus Blue Cross.

Company moved my job (and 800 others) to Mexico 95, 1 year after it was signed. They gave use 6 months notice and had some people train their Mexican replacements here in town.

Between that and guns I hate Bill Clinton, he signed it.....so he shares the blame same as the repubs who pushed it.

Later....got the day off and the sun is out, you know where I'm going

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Response to Crazy D (Reply #7)

Fri May 19, 2017, 09:43 AM

9. Never been a fan, either.

I don't support just bailing on it entirely, as some sort of trade agreement with such major trading partners is a good idea, but the particulars of the existing version are an unholy mess.

But hey, range time is range time!

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Response to Tovera (Reply #9)

Fri May 19, 2017, 10:25 AM

10. Stop along the way

Little country restaurant that has the best food around.

Country fried steak with eggs, I can hear my arteries hardening as I wait

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Response to Tovera (Reply #6)

Fri May 19, 2017, 09:41 AM

8. The illusion based on the media noise

produced by the Clinton Machine Russian meme narrative is that there is a 'trainwreck' occurring. There is not.

Like it or not, the DOW is up. GDP is likely to be over 4% for the first time in a while. NAFTA is finally going into renegotiations, no thanks to Democrats who obstructed his cabinet pick to move this forward. Gorsuch is on the SCOTUS and more are to follow as justices retire. ACHA is bullshit but it is a start and right now ACA is dying a rapid death state by state by state. He is normalizing relations with Russia, a big ally in the war on terror. Illegal immigration is down I believe 38% over this time last year.

Those are the big things. These fake scandals and constant whinings are nothing in the grand scheme of things. They are an annoyance right now bordering on a soft coup.

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Response to TM999 (Reply #8)

Fri May 19, 2017, 03:18 PM

15. L O L :-D

 

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Response to TM999 (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 10:34 AM

11. Excellent news.

I hate NAFTA.

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Response to TM999 (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 03:11 PM

12. Do the Bumpty Bump!

 

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