US, Canada, Mexico sign trade deal, Trump shrugs off Congress hurdle

01 December, 2018, 20:03 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • Leaders at the G20 Summit

And dairy remains a sticking point with the influential Canadian dairy lobby urging Trudeau's government not to sign the trade deal as it gives the United States expanded access to Canada's dairy, egg, and poultry markets.

Signing on to a revamped NAFTA alleviates the serious economic uncertainty that lingered throughout the negotiating process, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday while flanked by U.S. President Donald Trump and outgoing Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at a highly-anticipated formalizing of the trade pact in Buenos Aires.

The new deal - the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was signed between the nations on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Argentina.

One leader who nearly didn't make the photo was outgoing Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who ran in at the last minute to a round of applause from the others, waving his hand in apology.

"Unfortunately it's going to be painted as 'See, we've done something, ' and they've actually done little or nothing", Adamski said.

Other Democrats, backed by unions that oppose the pact, have called for stronger enforcement provisions for new labour and environmental standards, arguing that USMCA's state-to-state dispute settlement mechanism is too weak.

But Trump has argued again this month that those tariffs have fuelled a comeback by the USA steel and aluminum industries.

She added that she will vote on the deal only if President Trump revises it.

With an early tweet, Trump defended the continued negotiations by his private company over a proposed luxury tower in Moscow while he was running for president in 2016, saying it was "very legal & very cool".

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While Trump hailed the revised trade pact, Trudeau was more measured, saying there was still work to be done and calling on Trump - using his first name - to remove steel and aluminum tariffs the USA imposed on Canada and Mexico. But the USMCA includes side letters that agree to exempt Mexico and Canada up to a threshold of 2.6 million vehicles a year, as well as an unspecified amount of light trucks, and tens of billions of dollars in auto parts. Administration officials have said publicly that the tariffs would be lifted when a new deal was reached to replace NAFTA.

The three countries continued to talk out the agreement all the way up to the signing ceremony.

"I look forward to working with members of Congress", Trump said, "and I have to say it's been so well-reviewed, I don't expect to have much of a problem to secure the implementation of our agreement".

The legislatures in all three countries would still need to ratify the USMC before it can go into effect.

According to a news release from the White House, the USMCA would require "75 percent of auto content to be produced in North America". 'The Prime Minister also reinforced the importance of both countries lifting the tariffs on steel and aluminum'.

For the Sierra Club, a United States environmentalist group, the "hastily sealed" deal will promote Trump's "polluting legacy for years after he leaves office (via) special handouts to corporate polluters like Chevron and ExxonMobil".

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ME exported $1.2 billion worth of products to Canada in 2017, 45 percent of its entire exports, according to the trade center.

On Saturday, he will meet with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to address the trade war triggered by Trump's insistence on China ending what he says have been decades of unfair trade practices.

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