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New NAFTA Deal: Trump and Trudeau Hype their ‘Very Good Relationship’

U.S. President Donald Trump recently met Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, for the first time since the Canadian Federal Elections. Trump congratulated the Prime Minister on his election victorywhile urgingU.Slawmakers to ratify the new NAFTA, says a report on CTV News.

Before the chat, Trump had told reporters that it was an honour to be with Trudeau, whom he considered a friend;he spoke about what he considered to be theirvery good relationship, as they continue to seek the ratification of the renegotiated trilateral trade deal.

"We're working on the USMCA," said Trump, referring to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which is known as the new NAFTA deal. President Trump made it clear that it is the responsibility ofthe U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to bring up the trilateral agreement for a vote in Congress.

"It's up to her," Trump said. "It's a lot of jobs for everybody and it replaces a deal that's really a lousy deal."

Trump advised that the Democrats should acceleratethe process for the ratification of the deal before Mexico and Canadabecome uninterested.

"It's been there for a longtime and some point perhaps the president of Mexico… they'll get tired and the prime minister will get tired and they'll say 'Look, let's forget this deal' and I could understand it if you did, it's been sitting in Congress now for six or seven months and it's a great deal for everybody so hopefully, they can get it done and get it done fast," Trump said. Quoted on CTV news.

The Prime Minister assured president Trump that Canada had no interest in backing out of the deal;he indicated that the relationship between Canada and the United States is exceptionally strong, and insisted that the relationship has never been stronger. He assured the president, that Canada is working hard to see to the implementation of the new NAFTA.

"We have had a lot of great conversations about how we're going to keep moving forward to benefit workers in all three of our countries and we are very confident that we'll be able to get there," Trudeau said."We're very, very hopeful that we're going to have good news soon."

Canada had already had the bill to implement the new deal, go through second reading in the House of Commons.Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland had also recently travelled to Washington, D.C. to meet with top trade officials in the U.S. and Mexican trade officials to get the deal quickly ratified.

U.S. lawmakers and Trump's governmentalso seem close to finalizing negotiations on amendments to the new NAFTA that may enable Democrats in Congress to decide to pass it.

Some of these alterations include the demand from U.S Democrats that labour standards and workplace inspections be enforced in Mexico. On December 10th, 2019, BBC News reported that democrats in US Congress said they would support the deal after the White House agreed to strengthen the labour and environmental rules. Representatives from the three countries have come together to revise the deal. There is hope for the new deal, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared the revised pact "infinitely better" than the deal the three countries announced last year.


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