‘Congress Should Not Interfere’: Trump Issues Warning To Congress Regarding NAFTA

President Trump finally has a chance to pull the United States out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a deal he has decried as the worst the country has ever negotiated.

The NAFTA trade deal and the subsequent drama surrounding negotiations has been a focus of the president and his administration for the last several weeks. U.S. trade representatives have worked tirelessly to negotiate a better deal with Mexico and Canada – the two other countries in NAFTA.

Mexico was willing to work on a better deal, Canada was not.

Then came the trade deadline. Canada was forced to the negotiating table and had until Friday to agree to a trade deal with the U.S. and Mexico, should they decide to remain in a trilateral deal.

They didn’t agree to the terms on the table and President Trump announced he will be moving forward with a bilateral deal with Mexico. Canada can still sign on to the deal, but they would be forced to accept its contents. They can continue to negotiate a different deal and a decision about which of the trade deals to finalize would come at a later time.

Now, the only thing potentially standing in Trump’s way is Congress. The legislative chamber must finalize any trade deal the president negotiates.

Trump warned them not to get involved with his trade negotiation tactics or he would take matters into his own hands and permanently end NAFTA.

“There is no political necessity to keep Canada in the new NAFTA deal,” Trump said in a series of tweets. “If we don’t make a fair deal for the U.S. after decades of abuse, Canada will be out. Congress should not interfere w/ these negotiations or I will simply terminate NAFTA entirely & we will be far better off…”

“…Remember, NAFTA was one of the WORST Trade Deals ever made. The U.S. lost thousands of businesses and millions of jobs. We were far better off before NAFTA – should never have been signed. Even the Vat Tax was not accounted for. We make new deal or go back to pre-NAFTA!”

Per Fox Business:

Just one day after tumultuous talks between the U.S. and Canada ended without any signs of agreement on a revised version of the North American Free Trade Agreement, President Trump suggested in a tweet that he would forge ahead on a trade deal without Canada.

On Friday, Trump informed Congress that he will sign a revised pact with Mexico within the next 90 days, according to the U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who added that the U.S. would continue to work with Canada next week to secure an agreement within that 90-day term.

Canada can sign on until Congress ratifies the deal, which will likely be at the end of November. Trump warned Congress not to interfere with negotiations and said if they did so, he would terminate NAFTA entirely.

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