Trump Threatens to Kill NAFTA - Again

Donald Trump says he'll terminate Nafta

Democrats want a trade bill that strengthen protections for American workers in the wake of lower-cost options overseas, particularly in the wake of General Motor's announcement to shutter five US factories.

The United States, Mexico, and Canada reached a tentative agreement to strike a new North American trade deal, and President Donald Trump has given Congress six months to approve the measure.

Trump, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and former Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto signed the new U.S. -Canada-Mexico Agreement - USMCA, although the federal government in Ottawa has rechristened it CUSMA - during an awkward ceremony at the outset of G20 meetings Friday in Argentina.

"I will be formally terminating NAFTA shortly", the president said.

Both chambers would need to sign off on the agreement before it could make its way to Trump's desk to be signed into US law.

The Democrats, who say the USMCA has some shortcomings, take control of the U.S. House of Representatives next month.

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The North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect on 1 January 1994 in order to establish a trilateral trade bloc in North America.

"We take everything seriously", Morneau said when asked whether he took the president's comments at face value.

On Sunday, Henry Connelly, a spokesman for Pelosi, told the New York Times that it was "disappointing but not surprising" that Trump was trying to force Congress to approve the new deal.

The move comes as leaders in congress mull over the agreement, with neither Republicans nor Democrats happy with the new agreement.

It will require approval from each country's legislature, and in the U.S., Democrats in Congress, in particular, have voiced concerns about its labor and environmental protections. "While we'll have to watch and ensure we get through this next stage, we have a high level of confidence that's achievable".

Trump had forced Canada and Mexico to renegotiate the 24-year-old agreement because he said it encouraged United States companies to move jobs to low-wage Mexico. MacNaughton said Canadian diplomats will rev up their machine to lobby members of Congress for their support.

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