But the tone of the letter triggering a review of the North American Free Trade Agreement, sent to us lawmakers Thursday, was more measured than the president's heated campaign rhetoric.
The decision to start the 90-day clock to begin negotiations over the deal marks the third time that the President has made a contentious announcement ahead of discussions between the US and Mexico.
"The tone and substance of the letter can not be squared with the statements the President made describing NAFTA as a "disaster" and the "single worst trade deal" the United States ever negotiated", the congressmen said in a statement.
Trump's newly confirmed trade representative, Robert Lighthizer, told reporters on a conference call that NAFTA has been successful for USA agriculture, investment services and the energy sector, but not for manufacturing.
Steve Verheul will be the chief negotiator on Canada's NAFTA renegotiation team, CTV News has confirmed. "With that said, NAFTA can be improved to incentivise more textile and apparel jobs and production in the United States, Canada, and Mexico", Tantillo added.
"While every partnership has disagreements to occasionally be resolved, the U.S".
Mexico's Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray Caso said in a press conference held at the US State Department that Mexico is prepared to "make it better".
"The U.S. and Canada are deeply integrated, to the extent that, on average, manufactured goods entering the U.S. from Canada have 25 percent U.S. content". Still, "it's important that Mexico prepare its strategy for any scenario", she said. Tariff-free access to Canada and Mexico previous year were worth $799 million and $1.4 billion respectively.
The White House declined to comment on farmers' fears that Trump's trade policy stands to hurt them.
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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, in a statement, blamed NAFTA for the downturn in US manufacturing and promised that President Donald Trump would turn that around.
Trump has invoked the trade gap to argue that naive American policymakers had been out-negotiated by their Mexican counterparts. But while I welcome these re-negotiations, I call on President Trump to remember his campaign promise to prioritize the American worker.
In the opinion of Merkley, "If Trump's wealthy and powerful friends dictate the terms of the renegotiation, NAFTA could easily become worse, not better, for working Americans".
NAFTA took effect in 1994 and triggered a big increase in trade among the three countries.
"Since the signing of NAFTA, we have seen our manufacturing industry decimated, factories shuttered, and countless workers left jobless. President Trump is going to change that".
A prominent critic of US trade agreement calls the administration's plans "markedly vague". The much shorter letter that was actually sent makes no mention of this.
During the presidential campaign, Trump called NAFTA "a disaster".
Lighthize pledges to work closely with Congress throughout the negotiations and commits to providing "timely and substantive results for US consumers, businesses, farmers, ranchers and workers".
After NAFTA, automakers began producing small cars in Mexico and shipping them across the border to the United States.
In a formal notification to Congress, Lighthizer said NAFTA had not kept up with changes in the economy and business, "Many chapters are outdated and do not reflect modern standards", he said.