Comments filed in advance of the opening round of talks, in response to a request from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, reflected an overwhelming desire of transportation service providers, automakers and agricultural groups to preserve the basic tenants of the landmark trade agreement that has been in effect since 1994. Here, a Customs and Border Protection inspects a truck full of farm produce at a station in Brooklyn, New York.
"Personally, I don't think we can make a deal because we have been so badly taken advantage of", Trump told the crowd.
One person directly involved in the talks described the schedule as exceedingly fast, given that past trade deals took years to negotiate. USA consumers benefit hugely from free trade, but many factory workers say they've gotten a raw deal, with their jobs outsourced to Mexico.
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Without referencing the president's remarks, Sen.
The United States and Canada both say that they want to modify NAFTA to include more robust labor rights and environmental standards. The notice from the Department of Commerce and the US trade czar just appeared online and was to be officially posted on the USA federal register August 21, seeking industry submissions by September 18.
"That would be disastrous", he said. "I personally don't think you can make a deal without a termination but we're going to see what happens", he added. "Ultimately, I think that we will eventually cancel the NAFTA agreement".
Taylor was more blunt.
Forecast-beating surveys in the eurozone's two biggest economies, France and Germany, helped pull the euro up against the dollar, which had wobbled against the yen overnight on comments from President Trump.
"The president spent more time trolling our USA senators than he did outlining a positive economic vision as it relates to trade".
An global economic law professor and former State Department lawyer said he believes it would ultimately end up in court. "Exiting the agreement would be terribly destructive to the US economy".
And yet, many Mexicans acknowledge that risks remain and are wary that the Trump administration could impose unacceptable demands that could hurt booming industries such as auto manufacturing.
Overall, we must move through this process quickly.
The threats highlight the added dimension, however, of renegotiating a trade agreement with a disillusioned partner: you might end up having to decide on a deal that disproportionately favours your counterpart or even leaves you worse off.
Taylor said business owners also did not push for changes, but they accept renegotiation as opportunity to modernize the 23-year-old deal. Speaking on Mexican television Wednesday, Videgaray said, "He's negotiating in his own particular style".