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Trump may cancel NAFTA outright to force Dems’ hands on trade

POTUS Donald Trump is reportedly considering canceling U.S. participation in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as a way to force Democrats to vote for the new United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) his administration renegotiated in its place.

As reported by the Washington Examiner, the president is huddling with advisers regarding the strong-arm tactic that would either force resistant Democrats to approve the new agreement or face backlash from voters.

Two sources who requested anonymity told the news site that the president has yet to make his decision but that withdrawing from NAFTA had definitely been discussed.

“As crazy as it sounds, you’ve got to have some kind of catalyst to get things to move,” one White House staffer told the Examiner, who added that the administration’s preference is to negotiate an agreement on USMCA rather than force Democrats’ hands.

That said, former White House staffers told the news site that it’s increasingly likely that POTUS will simply pull out of NAFTA.

“It could be that he withdraws [from NAFTA] before [USMCA ratification] even reaches Congress,” said Marc Short, former White House director of legislative affairs. “I think there’s a high probability of that, yes.”

News of a potential NAFTA pullout comes amid reports that China, for the first time, has opened its markets to American rice, giving POTUS Trump yet another victory on trade.

Talks between U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators are expected to resume in January.

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5 Comments on Trump may cancel NAFTA outright to force Dems’ hands on trade

  1. Richard Daugherty // December 28, 2018 at 12:22 pm // Reply

    Greatest President on earth!!

  2. I’m so naive. I thought NAFTA was already gone, replaced by USMCA. Sorry to learn NAFTA is still in operation. I should have known better.

  3. POTUS Trump Needs to CANCEL ALL AID to So. American Countries, AND Mexico..NOW.
    Mexico allowed them to enter thru their southern border, and thru Mexico onto America, and NOW, Mexico needs to PAY FOR CLAIMING THEY ‘COULDN’T STOP THEM…LIKE HELL’
    Their military guards their So. Border and apparently ‘Evil George Soros who helped PAY for these Illegals to “INVADE AMERICA” also, had to “Grease the palms of the Mexican Military-which IS the norm for them anyway.”

    So President Trump…STOP ALL AID TO MEXICO, and ANY Products that come into America NOW. You will get money for that wall in No Time. Why BTW, recently were Mexico AND SO. America given OUR TAX DOLLARS INTO THE BILLIONS, WHEN THE WALL TO PROTECT AMERICANS COULD HAVE BEEN BUILT 10 TIMES OVER?
    Who okayed THAT GIFT to So. America and Mexico? The Stupid Congress of Obstructionists?

    BTW: Just WHY is evil George NOT being charged with trying to BRING DOWN AMERICA, THAT HE’S DONE FOR YEARS? HE IS PROMOTING THIS INVASION OF AMERICA.
    LET’S GET GOING PRESIDENT TRUMP….LIKE NOW!!!

  4. Shake It up POTUS!

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