The upper chamber voted Thursday with a large bipartisan majority of 82-14 to approve Robert Lighthizer, giving the administration its U.S. trade representative and allowing it to finally kickstart its NAFTA process.
The president told an interviewer with The Economist that he intends to proceed quickly thereafter: Trump plans to file a 90-day notice with Congress, work with it on negotiating priorities, and start talks with Canada and Mexico later this year.
Trump interjected when the interviewer suggested it sounds like he wants a big renegotiation.
It’s a story he’s told several times. Trump repeated the story in that interview of how he almost withdrew from NAFTA last month.
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WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump says he’s ready to start a major renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, now that his trade czar has achieved his long-awaited confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
“The Canadian government could present the United States with a proposal for aligning a particular set of regulations. This would represent a bilateral victory for what is at the moment a U.S.-only effort to cut regulatory red tape.”
Canada is already working with the U.S. to eliminate red tape on products. Now that Trump is looking to slash two regulations for every one he creates, Canada could just hand him the credit.
“(People are saying), ‘We’re gonna let Trump have the announcement — so he gets credit for it.’… They’ve decided, if they need to give him some victories, as long as it suits us — fine…
“I have a very good relationship with Justin and a very good relationship with the president of Mexico,” Trump said.
facilities. In the case of the companies, it was building U.S. In the case of Canada and Mexico, it’s renegotiating NAFTA — which both countries had repeatedly stated they were ready for.
“The clock starts ticking (with Lighthizer’s confirmation),” Trump told the magazine before the vote. The administration has begun signalling that it wants significant changes in a range of areas, including dairy, lumber, automobiles, pharmaceuticals and the dispute-resolution system.
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Trump’s own son-in-law Jared Kushner set up the Trudeau call.
“Big isn’t a good enough word,” the president replied.
One source familiar with the thinking of both governments offered a theory for what’s happening: Trump wanted to take credit, before his 100th day in office, for forcing Canada and Mexico into a renegotiation.
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A binational business group suggests one future way this could happen: on regulatory co-operation.
There’s a simple explanation for that coincidence: It wasn’t a coincidence.
Canada can help provide him with one, while also advancing its own interests,” Maryscott Greenwood of the Canadian-American Business Council wrote in a Policy Options article. “President Trump is eager for some wins.
The source said the governments of Canada and Mexico did the exact same thing as some companies like Ford and Japan’s SoftBank — they let Trump take credit for things they already intended to do.
“That’s what everybody’s doing,” said the insider.
and Mexico have both expressed a desire to get a deal by early next year, before the Mexican election. But that desire for a “massive” renegotiation is butting up against the mundane realities of the political calendar. The U.S. Few observers believe a substantive renegotiation is possible within a few months.
“As long as they’re not actually, in reality, getting screwed, he can say whatever he wants.”
“It was an amazing thing. They called separately 10 minutes apart. I just put down the phone with the president of Mexico when the prime minister of Canada called. And they both asked almost identical questions: ‘We would like to know if it would be possible to negotiate as opposed to a termination.’
He described an amazing coincidence: Both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexico’s Enrique Pena Nieto called him, one after the other, and both told him almost the same exact thing as they urged him to reconsider.
Absolutely.’ So we did that and we’ll start.” “And I said, ‘Yes, it is.
In the White House version, Kushner was helping out, responding to a request earlier in the day from the Canadians to speak. Sources from both countries have confirmed that Kushner facilitated the call. on April 26, Kushner phoned a prime ministerial aide, told her there was an immediate window to speak with Trump, and she conveyed the news to Trudeau. Around 6 p.m.