President Donald Trump has repeatedly slammed the North American Free Trade Agreement, but he signaled Monday that one of the United States’ partners in the deal could face more drastic changes than the other.
After Trump met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House, the leaders touted the neighbors’ trade relationship, with Trudeau signaling they wanted to continue “effective integration of our two economies.” Trump has repeatedly slammed NAFTA as a drag on American jobs, but said he thinks the U.S. gets a worse deal from its southern neighbor Mexico than from Canada.
“We have a very outstanding trade relationship with Canada. We’ll be tweaking it. We’ll be doing certain things that are going to benefit both of our countries. It’s a much less severe situation than what’s taken place on the southern border,” Trump said at a joint White House press conference with Trudeau.
Trump has called for a renegotiation of NAFTA, the deal implemented in 1994 that helped to make Canada and Mexico two of America’s crucial trading partners, saying it has harmed American workers. After his meeting with Trump, Trudeau stressed the magnitude of the U.S. and Canada economic relationship, saying the countries “ventured into groundbreaking economic partnerships that have created good jobs for both of our peoples.”
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