Breaking: Trump tells Mexico and Canada that he won’t leave NAFTA after all
Trump promised to leave NAFTA on the campaign trail. Now he says he’s going to “renegotiate” it.
It’s now being reported by the White House that Trump has told Mexico and Canada that he won’t leave NAFTA and they’ve agreed to renegotiate:
BREAKING: Trump tells Mexican, Canadian leaders he won’t terminate NAFTA; all agree to renegotiate.
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 27, 2017
CNBC – President Donald Trump agreed not to terminate the NAFTA treaty at this time in phone calls with the leaders of Mexico and Canada, the White House said.
Here’s the readout from the White House:
Late this afternoon, President Donald J. Trump spoke with both President Peña Nieto of Mexico and Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada. Both conversations were pleasant and productive. President Trump agreed not to terminate NAFTA at this time and the leaders agreed to proceed swiftly, according to their required internal procedures, to enable the renegotiation of the NAFTA deal to the benefit of all three countries. President Trump said, “it is my privilege to bring NAFTA up to date through renegotiation. It is an honor to deal with both President Peña Nieto and Prime Minister Trudeau, and I believe that the end result will make all three countries stronger and better.
The Trump administration had been mulling an executive order on withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement, the three-nation deal Trump repeatedly slammed on the campaign trail, Politico reported earlier, citing two White House officials.
A draft version of the order had existed, Politico and NBC News reported. Politico reported that the order was in the “final stages of review” and could have been “unveiled late this week or early next week.”