Donald Trump refuses to commit to trade pact — NAFTA

Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray

But Trump was vague on whether the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks, which resumed in Virginia, Wednesday, would succeed. In a speech Tuesday in Mexico City, Thomas Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, vowed: "We're going to fight like hell to protect the agreement". Meanwhile, Trump ally Newt Gingrich was advising observers to ignore the bluster and expect the pact's salvation.

Trump's comments came as he was seated next to Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, who is in Washington as negotiators gather for the fourth round of talks to renegotiate NAFTA.

"The Canadian and Mexican strategy will be to take a pause", he says, and "allow the USA domestic process to play itself out" with business and farm groups and many lawmakers rising to defend NAFTA. He'll meet with the deal's other major player, President Enrique Pena Nieto, on Thursday in Mexico City.

"It's possible we won't be able to make a deal, and it's possible that we will", he said. "It's possible we won't be able to make a deal, and it's possible that we will". "But I've been opposed of NAFTA for a long time in terms of the fairness of NAFTA".

Trump has repeatedly threatened to withdraw if he does not win concessions to reduce a US trade deficit of around $64 billion with Mexico. Trudeau, for his own part, cautioned against speculation and emphasized the prospects for an agreement.

Trudeau said that "attempts by Boeing to put tens of thousands of aerospace workers out of work across Canada is not something we look on positively".

Vogel said U.S. and Mexican businesses still believed NAFTA talks would produce a good deal and said they would continue to lobby their governments and lawmakers to negotiate a good deal. "My optimism is based on the fact I know how good it has been". While U.S. President Donald Trump and Trudeau have been friendly in public, privately their countries are driving hard bargains on trade. As a part of that campaign, he hung out with Ivanka Trump on Tuesday night and visited the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday.

The panel was "dedicated to ensuring these negotiations are successful", Chairman Kevin Brady said while Trudeau made a rare visit to the committee. "Starting to play with a non-market economy would be awful for us".

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Indeed, Videgaray's recent career trajectory provides an insight into Mexico's tumultuous relationship with the US president.

Canada shelters some cultural industries such as broadcasting and filmmaking.

Ross, speaking at an event at Dentons law firm in Washington, singled out several divisive subjects for action.

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"Let's just agree to disagree", Ross replied.

According to a source close to the talks, Trudeau told Trump his preferred option was to modernize the continental accord that exists today. Gingrich played down the prospects of Trump walking away from Nafta up while Harper warned the risk was real. In fact, he told business magazine Forbes this week that NAFTA must be "terminated". The U.S. strategy was "aimed at improving the American position in the treaty, not aimed at blowing it up".

The company has a $5.6bn (£4.15bn) deal for up to 125 jets. "We'll see what happens", he said when asked if the deal is already dead. "It has to be a lot more than some kind of technical revamp and I think that's going to be tough to get to". Meantime, Reed noted that much USA -made wine being brought into Canada is subject to a tax, whereas Canadian wine brought into the United States is not. But he stressed that Trump needed fundamental changes.

"We're negotiating a NAFTA deal". We don't believe that it will. We don't desire that it will. "But it is at least a conceptual possibility".

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