Mexico tells Trump it 'will not negotiate' on social media

Saul Bowman
August 29, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump reiterated a threat Sunday morning to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement, accusing Canada and Mexico of "being very difficult".

It was the first time that Trump has complained about Canada's role in the talks, which began earlier this month between Canada, the USA and Mexico.

In July, the Trump administration outlined its goals, saying reducing trade deficits were a top priority. The chief US goals are elimination of trade deficits and more manufacturing jobs.

Trump has said he will "probably" pull out of NAFTA but the legal community is unclear if the President can quit a treaty without Congressional approval.

A key ally of Donald Trump says Canadians should understand the USA president believes in free trade, and they shouldn't read too much into what they hear.

"I don't think the business community has any appetite at all to have the USA withdraw from NAFTA", Wise said.

Statistics from the International Trade Adminstration show that Mexico is Arizona's biggest trading partner, with the state sending $8.3 billion in exports there in 2016 and getting $7.5 billion in imports that year.

Taylor was more blunt.

"The president spent more time trolling our USA senators than he did outlining a positive economic vision as it relates to trade". This is a significant concern to US and Mexican cheesemakers because it would give the European Union exclusive use of common cheese names like asiago, gorgonzola and feta. USTR will consult with "Congress and American stakeholders to create an agreement that advances the interests of America's workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses", he said.

A drawn-out process does not concern the farm bureau, which was not necessarily seeking renegotiation of NAFTA in the first place, Nigh said. "You're in good hands, I can tell you". Despite the president's reputation for shooting from the hip, Taylor said his remarks need to be taken seriously.

Mexico's Foreign Ministry reiterated in its statement that "as the Mexican government has always maintained, our country will not pay, under any circumstances, for a wall or physical barrier that is built on United States territory along the border with Mexico".

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