By: Brian Evans

Since before the 2016 election, President Donald Trump has been pushing for a complete overhaul of NAFTA, which has been in place since the Clinton Administration, more than 25 years ago. He called it a “rip-off” for Americans, as it has been creating a massive trade imbalance, and cost thousands upon thousands of American jobs. In August, the United States and Mexico announced they had reached a two-way deal, after breaking away for bilateral talks when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau indicated that he was refusing to negotiate.

AFP News Agency indicated that the Trump Administration is on the verge of a compromise deal with Canada concerning the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) 2.0. Mexico’s economic minister was reportedly told by both the United States and Canada that the new deal would likely be reached within the next few days. The timeline is important, because currently, there is a three-month timeframe for reaching an agreement in the United States. Therefore, Congress must have the text of the deal by Sunday.

Ildefonso Guajardo, who is the Mexican Economic Minister revealed the new US/Mexican NAFTA 2.0 agreement to their Senate, he said that the Trump Administration and Canadian leadership were making a “very serious,” last-ditch attempt to bridge their differences. He said…

“For the first time, we’re seeing a real effort by both sides. In the next 48 hours, we will know if we are going with a trilateral agreement.”

Ildefonso Guajardo, Mexican Economic Minister

Mexico’s lead negotiator said that although a last-minute Canadian deal is now likely to be reached, they wouldn’t be able to do a three-way deal now, but it would be worked out in the near future. He stated that the United States and Mexico were…

“going ahead with a bilateral agreement and then later defining what legal actions we would have to take to maintain the possibility of a three-way deal.”

Ildefonso Guajardo, Mexican Economic Minister

AFP indicated that sources from within the Canadian government have indicated that Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland…

“is in constant communication with the Americans, both formally and informally.”

However, while the Trump Administration and Mexico are trying to finish the deal by the end of November and before Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador takes office on December 1, negotiations with Canada have run into one road block. According to American and Canadian negotiators, Canada is refusing to bend on their dairy sector, which has been hurting the American dairy industry for years under NAFTA. Also, Canada is seeking assurances that the United States will not hit Canada with punitive auto tariffs after they sign the new NAFTA 2.0.

On Wednesday, President Trump said that…

“We’re not getting along with their negotiators. “

President Donald Trump

Justin Trudeau responded by saying…

Canadians are tough negotiators, as we should be. We won’t sign a bad deal for Canada.”

Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister

Now, as President Trump fights to create a ‘Fair Trade’ deal between not just the United States and Mexico, but also with Canada as well, Trudeau is fighting to make sure that he doesn’t seem weak, with his own general election coming next year.

Mexico’s President-Elect Lopez Obrador, known as “AMLO”, stated that it might not be possible to reach a three-way deal), but that Canada had made a proposal, and the United States had responded with a counter-proposal on Friday.

In the end, Mexico, the United States, and Canada all truly want a three-way trade deal, but as negotiations continue with Canada, AMLO said that Mexico did not want to renegotiate points that had already been agreed to with Washington, but they prefer to keep NAFTA a three-country deal. Obrador said…

“We don’t want to put our economic future and our country’s financial stability at risk. Negotiations aren’t over yet”

Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), Mexican President Elect

In the end, President Trump said that he doesn’t blame Mexico and Canada for a deal that has been bad for America and Americans. He blames leaders within our American government for that deal. However, now that he is overseeing the new negotiations, he has vowed to make a deal that is good for America and Americans, in his fight to ‘Make America Great Again”.

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