President Trump’s Trade Talks With Canada Carry High Stakes For Kansas


"Unfortunately, to date, the things that he has done to hurt workers outpace what he's done to help workers", Trumka told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. The president has imposed wide-ranging tariffs that, he argues, will help protect American workers and force US trading partners to stop exploiting trade deals that are unfair to the United States.

He went on to warn USA lawmakers against involving themselves into the negotiations, tweeting that should they do this he "will simply terminate NAFTA entirely and we will be far better off".

Trumka also criticized Trump during the interview on Sunday, saying the president's actions have done more harm than good to laborers, including failure to develop an infrastructure program "that could put a lot of us back to work".

But it is not clear whether the Trump administration has the authority to strike a deal with just Mexico, as it announced on Monday, and exclude Canada. But Canada insisted that it would only sign a new agreement that is good for the country.

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Continetti said the key to Trump's recent trade negotiations was concentrating on Mexico and leaving Canada to one side.

Trump also has attacked the current trilateral pact repeatedly, calling it the "worst trade deal ever made". The US president warned Congress against interfering, threatening to kill the deal single-handedly. The U.S. Trade Representative's Office says that U.S. exports to Canada are up 181 per cent from 1993 and U.S. exports of services to Canada are up from pre-NAFTA levels by some 243 per cent.

"Wow, I made OFF THE RECORD COMMENTS to Bloomberg concerning Canada, and this powerful understanding was BLATANTLY VIOLATED", Trump wrote - ignoring the fact that the remarks were reported via an anonymous source by the Star, unencumbered by any such restrictions.

"There is no political necessity to keep Canada in the new NAFTA deal". The U.S. must give six-months notice to both Canada and Mexico if it intends to pull out of the deal.

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Continetti pointed out that Trump's willingness to brandish America's economic power is working elsewhere.

Union membership nationwide has fallen markedly from the 1970s, with the percentage of American workers in a union dropping from about 25 percent in the 1970s to less than 11 percent in 2017, according to survey data. Talks to keep Canada in the bloc broke up on Friday but are expected to resume next week. Ottawa does have other complaints. The U.S. lost thousands of businesses and millions of jobs. Also, Congress must approve any rewrite of NAFTA, signed under President Bill Clinton, and might refuse to endorse a deal that leaves longtime ally Canada on the sidelines.

But Daniel Ujczo, a trade attorney of the law firm Dickinson Wright in Columbus, Ohio, and others say the flashpoints include trade barriers that protect Canadian dairy farmers and Ottawa's insistence on keeping NAFTA provisions for resolving disputes.

Even if Canada doesn't join and it becomes a U.S. -Mexico accord, the administration believes it can satisfy Congress's requirements using the fast-track route, the official said.

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