Sherrod Brown rejects Trump's new trade deal with Mexico, Canada


President Trump said he will shortly terminate NAFTA, a move that will force House Democrats to approve a new trade deal signed with Mexico and Canada or be left without any agreement.

"I will be formally terminating NAFTA shortly", the president said. Sherrod Brown said the U.S. needs to reopen discussions with Mexico and Canada on trade, rejecting President Donald Trump's contention that their new trade agreement is final.

If approved by Congress, the USMCA would replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Kester says the agreement brings the trading relationship with USA neighbors into the 21st-century.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who is presumed to be the next speaker of the House of Representatives, indicated Friday that House Democrats weren't ready to give their support to this deal yet.

In an interview with CNN on Sunday, he said, "We can go back to the table with the Mexicans and the Canadians and do stronger labor standards". Mr Trump seems to have opted for diplomacy at the end of a political barrel, telling reporters on Saturday that Democrats "will have a choice" of whether to approve the deal as written or risk the consequences.

Robertson expects Donald Trump to finally act on his threat to rescind the NAFTA when he introduces legislation to implement the USMCA to pressure Congress to move on the new agreement within six months.

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Republicans, meanwhile, are angry over the LGBTQ protections in Section 23 of the USMCA, which call on the three countries to adopt policies for sexual orientation and gender identity, "in promotion of equality and elimination of employment discrimination".

The elimination of both trade deals could expose Canada to more tariffs and import quotas and could send us back to square one with our largest trading partner. MacNaughton said Canadian diplomats will rev up their machine to lobby members of Congress for their support.

Business Roundtable, an influential association of leading USA companies' executives, also called for a "prompt resolution" of the tariff issue between all three countries while reviewing the final text of the new trade agreement.

"Whatever they're calling it now, it has some kind of gobbledygook name - the trade agreement formerly known as Prince", Pelosi remarked Friday, "no, I mean, formerly known as NAFTA - is a work in progress". "But what isn't in it yet is enough enforcement reassurances regarding provisions that relate to workers and to the environment", she said.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said on Twitter that the deal as drafted "will put Florida seasonal vegetable growers out of business" by allowing Mexico to dump subsidized produce into the United States.

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