Lopez Obrador seeks NAFTA deal, appeals to 'anti-establishment' Trump

Lopez Obrador seeks NAFTA deal, appeals to 'anti-establishment' Trump

Lopez Obrador seeks NAFTA deal, appeals to 'anti-establishment' Trump

The Trudeau government has asked for a NAFTA review of a Trump administration tariff on solar panels, saying the 30 per cent charge is illegal and unfair. Freeland said that the U.S. taxes on Canadian solar panels have impacted businesses and workers on both sides of the border.

U.S. President Donald Trump told Mexico's President-elect in a letter that a quick renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) would bring more jobs for both countries, but warned of a "very different" path otherwise.

Canadian foreign minister Chrystia Freeland is set to visit with Mexican officials on Wednesday, Bloomberg reports, while Mexico will continue NAFTA negotiations in Washington on Thursday.

Mexico and Canada have clashed with the United States over an update of the trilateral trade accord since Trump's team demanded tougher regional content rules for the auto industry and proposed a clause that would kill the agreement if it was not renegotiated after five years. "We will try to make emigration optional and not necessary", Lopez Obrador wrote in the seven-page letter. However, The New England Council believes it is crucial that the playing field remain open for businesses, workers, and families across New England, so that they - through no fault of their own - are not disadvantaged by potential retaliatory trade measures or a defunct NAFTA.

Lopez Obrador, Trump said at the "Made in America Product Showcase," is "a terrific person" and the two spoke "at length on a call".

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US trade lawyer Daniel Ujczo said he believes the Trump administration wants to negotiate with Mexico alone right now - and then Canada separately - in a two-stream approach.

"Today we're sending the world a clear signal we're moving onward with regional integration and free trade", he added.

Lopez Obrador's words come at a time when the U.S.is facing backlash and confusion on the Trump administration's handling of the influx of immigrants, especially from Central and South America, and help from the bordering government will hopefully ease tensions on both sides.

Paris cited the results of research conducted by Earnscliffe Strategy Group for the Department of National Defence. Canada is not necessarily a target, but it was the largest foreign supplier of uranium to the U.S.in 2016, accounting for 25 per cent of American imports.

He said the answer has less to do with traditional perceptions of threats to national security, and "reveals a more general concern about the impact of the Trump administration on Canadian interests, including our economic interests".

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