Trump delaying NAFTA deal until after United States midterm elections

Eileen GuzmanJul 06, 2018

Donald Trump also congratulated Lopez Obrador on his electoral win, however, the US president also said in an interview this weekend he intends to hold off on signing a new NAFTA deal until after America's fall midterm elections.

The start time was also pushed back to make it more cocktail party than picnic, said Sarah Goldfeder, a principal at Earnscliffe in Ottawa and former special assistant to two US ambassadors. "We'll see where it goes".

Until Lopez Obrador is sworn in, members of the current Mexican administration will continue to serve as the country's lead NAFTA negotiators, the official said.

On Sunday, Ottawa responded to the Trump administration's tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum with duties of its own against US imports.

Canada's retaliatory tariffs on US goods do nothing to help Canada and will only hurt American workers, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Monday. Trump said in an interview that aired Sunday that he could quickly sign an agreement with the United States' neighbours, "but I'm not happy with it".

"I want to wait until after the election".

That effort is expected to intensify following Monday's election win by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has already said he supports the continued renegotiation of NAFTA and wants his own team of experts to be part of the talks before he takes office December 1.

Not to mention Trump made headlines globally after his first Canadian visit for the G7 Summit he called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "very dishonest and weak". You're going to have an election. Do you know what happened?

It's no secret there's been tension between Canada and the USA recently.

According to data from the Bureau of Transportation, US freight flows within the NAFTA region totalled US$102.7bn in April, with four of the five major transportation modes carrying more freight by value with Canada and Mexico than a year earlier.

He said he hoped the Americans would resume NAFTA talks because Canada is ready to get back to the table. But as the timelines drag on, Canada's own trip to the polls - now scheduled for October 2019 - is becoming one of the biggest "wild cards", said Ohio-based trade lawyer Dan Ujczo.

Gomez, who said he has campaigned with Lopez Obrador, will be advising the president to use the U.S. government's security interests as leverage in the ongoing trade talks with U.S. President Donald Trump's administration.

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