Trump threatens to pull U.S. out of old NAFTA
Withdrawal would give Congress choice between new trade deal and no deal at all
WASHINGTON—U.S. President Donald Trump says he will withdraw the United States from NAFTA “in the not-toodistant future” in a hardball attempt to pressure Congress into voting to approve his new agreement with Canada and Mexico.
The original North American Free Trade Agreement would otherwise remain in place if Congress rejected or delayed the new deal, which Trump calls the USMCA. A Trump withdrawal would give Congress a take-it-orleave-it choice between the new deal and no deal at all.
The new agreement has been criticized by both Democrats and Republicans, leaving its prospects for passage uncertain. The Democrats, who will take control of the House of Representatives in January, have made clear they do not plan to approve the deal any time soon.
Trump’s announcement late Saturday introduced new uncertainty into the trading relationship just a day after the leaders of the three countries held a signing ceremony for the new deal.
The Canadian government declined to comment on the record. “We are focused on our domestic ratification process and not a process that is internal to the U.S.,” an official said.
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