Donald Trump has revealed he backed down on pledges to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) after calls from the leaders of Canada and Mexico.
He said that he had received calls from the two countries’ leaders asking him to “renegotiate Nafta rather than terminate”. His disclosures came a day after he told leaders of the two countries that he wouldn’t end the trade pact, and just days after the White House said that the President was considering quitting it entirely.
The free trade agreement may still be terminated if “we do not reach a fair deal for all”, he posted on Twitter.
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He claimed that the relationship between the three countries was “good”. It comes just two days after a series of rambling and confused attacks on Canada over its policy on milk.
He attacked Canada’s decision to reduce the price of some milk products, writing on Twitter that “Canada has made business for our dairy farmers in Wisconsin and other border states very difficult”. He went on to warn “We will not stand for this. Watch!”
Mexico’s foreign minister appeared to agree with Mr Trump that the country was improving its relationship with the President.
Relations between the United States and Mexico have seen “enormous progress” during the first months of the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said.
“We have generated a respectful dynamic through dialogue … we’ve advanced enormously in the correct direction,” Videgaray told local broadcaster Televisa in an interview.
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