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Live: President Trump Participates in the “United States, Mexico & Canada Agreement” (USMCA) Signing Ceremony – Buenos Aires, Argentina – 11/30/2018

This morning we will watch President Trump, Live from Buenos Aires, Argentina.  He will sign the United States, Mexico & Canada Agreement (USMCA).  This trade agreement will terminate NAFTA.

The president argued the USMCA focuses on fairness and reciprocity. The deal sets new protections for labor, the environment, and intellectual property.

He added, the deal will close job-killing loopholes, which he says will be a great victory for American farmers, manufacturers and autoworkers.

Despite the agreement, President Trump confirmed U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports will remain in place.  President Trump said the deal will terminate NAFTA, which he criticized as one of the worst trade deals ever made.

He plans to sign the deal next month before sending it to Congress for approval. (Source:  One America News Network)

USMCA a Trade Deal for the 21st Century

 

One of the core promises that swept President Donald Trump into office was that he would renegotiate better deals for the United States with our traditional trading partners. With the announcement of a new trade pact among the United States, Mexico and Canada, we welcomed the tremendous news that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will be, if approved by Congress, replaced by a much stronger agreement. Known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the package will be important for American workers and our economy as a whole, including the agricultural sector, which counts Mexico and Canada in our top three trading partners.

I have long said that I believe our country is located in the best neighborhood on Earth – North America – with valuable allies to our north and south. Though the old NAFTA agreement was considered a generally positive compact for agriculture, there was certainly room for much-needed improvement. Under USMCA, we have created new rules to help our farmers, ranchers and workers better face the challenges of the 21st century economy, which will secure greater access to the Mexican and Canadian markets and maintain and improve the highly productive integrated agricultural relationships we have as nations.

The agreement with Mexico came first, near the end of August, and includes a number of provisions sought by the United States. Importantly, 21st century innovations in agricultural biotechnology are addressed for the first time, including cutting-edge processes like gene editing. These innovations serve as a template for agreements in the future. And we mutually pledge to work together to reduce trade-distorting policies, increase transparency and ensure nondiscriminatory treatment in grading of agricultural products. In addition, the United States and Mexico agreed not to use so-called “geographic indicators” to restrict the marketing of certain cheeses under common names, such as provolone, Swiss, or ricotta, which the European Union had wanted to restrict.

The second piece of the USMCA puzzle was the negotiation with Canada, where key sticking points centered on dairy issues and were among the last to be cleared. Notably, as one of the president’s top goals, the new agreement will eliminate Canada’s unfair “Class 6” and “Class 7” milk pricing schemes, in which Canada has used low-priced products to undercut United States dairy sales in Canada and other international markets. The deal will also crack open additional access to United States dairy into Canada, including products like fluid milk, cream, butter, skim milk and cheese, and will also preserve and expand critical access for United States poultry and egg producers. America’s wheat farmers also get a big win. A reform of Canada’s discriminatory wheat grading process will help United States wheat growers along the border become more competitive. These are all significant victories for American agriculture.

As we celebrate this breakthrough, it is worth noting that there were many detractors who said it could not be done. But the emergence of an agreement is further proof that President Trump’s trade negotiation strategy is working. To strike the best deals possible for the United States, the president has shown that he is willing to walk away from the bargaining table if he feels our country is being unfairly treated. In the case of USMCA, the president’s approach resulted in earnest negotiations among the three nations and a final package which is beneficial for all three countries.

This is not the first major step forward in international trade under the Trump administration, nor do we feel it will be the last. Before President Trump successfully concluded USCMA, he made good on his promise to revise and improve KORUS, the trade pact with the Republic of Korea. Add to these achievements the president’s recent announcement of his intention to negotiate a trade deal with Japan – a significant market for United States agriculture exports that, until recently, had rejected talks of a bilateral agreement with the United States – and growing optimism for a successful trade deal with the European Union, and it is easy to see the dominoes falling. The president is committed to achieving good trade deals for America – including our current issues with China, which I believe we will surmount as well.

The bottom line is this: Free, fair and expanded trade among nations is good for the American economy and our highly productive farmers, ranchers, foresters and producers. The newly minted USMCA goes in the win column for President Trump and his negotiating team, led by our United States Trade Representative, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer. Our economy, and American agriculture, will be better off for it.

This article appeared in The Spokesman-Review on October 17, 2018. 

The new United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement includes key victories for American manufacturers, agriculture, businesses, and workers.

BUSINESS INSIDER: Trump’s New Trade Deal with Canada and Mexico is Winning Early Praise

“Early reviews of President Donald Trump’s new trade pact with Mexico and Canada are positive … The refreshed version of NAFTA will include increased labor protections for workers, increased standards for duty-free auto shipments, increased access to the Canadian dairy market for US farmers, and a slight tweak to the deal’s dispute-resolution system.”

FOX BUSINESS: US Stocks Surge as US, Canada, Mexico Reach Trade Deal

“Stocks surged Monday as Canada and the U.S. reached a trade deal that also includes Mexico, and key changes at the top of major corporations boosted investor sentiment.”

THE WASHINGTON TIMES: Trump Trade Deal with Canada, Mexico Gets American Farmers’ Stamp of Approval

“The Trump administration’s new three-way trade deal to replace NAFTA got a thumbs-up from American farmers. Americans for Farmers & Families spokesman Casey Guernsey, a seventh-generation farmer, said the three-way deal showed Mr. Trump remembered his promise ‘to stand up for rural America. … After years of declining income and months of trade uncertainty, farmers desperately needed a win, and today the Trump administration delivered it,’ he said. ‘While eager to learn the details, I hope that Congress will use this positive momentum to bring this important agreement over the finish line.’”

WASHINGTON EXAMINER: Canada Gave Ground on the Key Issue of Dairy in New Trade Agreement

“Canada gave ground to the U.S. in the North American Free Trade Agreement replacement deal agreed to Sunday by rolling back protections for its domestic dairy industry, providing a victory to American farmers on one of the key points of negotiation.”

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: New NAFTA Shows Trump’s Trade Strategy for Balancing Labor, Business Interests

“The Teamsters have nice things to say about the new North American Free Trade Agreement. Big banks can also claim a victory. … Many labor officials say they’ve been pleasantly surprised with strong language in the agreement pushing Mexico to bolster its unions, including protecting ‘the right to strike.’ American unions have argued that the lack of such provisions in the original NAFTA meant the pact encouraged factories to relocate south of the border in search of cheaper workers.”

NEW YORK POST EDITORIAL BOARD: NAFTA 2.0: Trump Delivers on Another Big Promise

“[I]t’s hard to argue with the result: Trump has once again delivered on a campaign promise that his rivals called a fantasy. A politician who does what he says he’ll do: Imagine that.”

THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT EDITORIAL BOARD: Trade Pact Rings up Trump Victory

“Apparently those hard-line tactics worked, and the president appears well within his right to chalk this up as a victory. Though details were still being finalized for release, it appears that American farmers will secure greater access to Canadian dairy markets…”

TOM ROGAN IN WASHINGTON EXAMINER: From NAFTA to USMCA, Trump Just Got a Win for America

“Whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, or an independent, you should welcome President Trump’s announcement of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, on Monday. A replacement for NAFTA, the USMCA will increase U.S. access to Canadian markets and ensure greater centering of the car industry in North America.”

STEVE CORTES IN REAL CLEAR POLITICS: Make North America Great Again

“The USMCA framework showcases the practical genius of our negotiator and entrepreneur-in-chief, President Trump.  Unlike the lawyers and bureaucrats who dominate most high political offices, as a global businessman Trump implicitly understands the predicament that American workers and firms face competing against a commercially abusive China.”

CHRISTIAN WHITON ON FOX NEWS: Trump Has Just Revolutionized Global Trade by Replacing NAFTA with USMCA

“Trump administration negotiators reached a major agreement with Canada on trade over the weekend.  The breakthrough, which came on the heels of an earlier deal with Mexico, vindicates President Trump’s tough approach to reforming trade and will mark a fundamental turning point for American jobs and global power.”

LIZ PEEK IN THE HILL: Trump’s ‘America First’ Policy Scores a Big Win with New NAFTA Deal

“The new NAFTA, which will be called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), secured some advantages for the U.S. while also giving in to certain Canadian priorities. … More broadly, the new NAFTA shows the world that the Trump White House may succeed in bringing home better trade pacts.”

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President Trump Announces Trade Understanding with Mexico that could lead to overhaul of NAFTA – The White House – 8/28/2018

President Donald Trump announcing a trade “understanding” with Mexico that could lead to an overhaul of the North American Free Trade Agreement.  PRESIDENT Trump made the announcement Monday in the Oval Office, with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto joining by speakerphone. 

 

 

Oval Office

11:09 A.M. EDT

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Hello everybody.  It’s a big day for trade, a big day for our country.  A lot of people thought we’d never get here because we all negotiate tough.  We do, and so does Mexico.  And this is a tremendous thing.

This has to do — they used to call it NAFTA.  We’re going to call it the United States-Mexico Trade Agreement, and we’ll get rid of the name NAFTA.  It has a bad connotation because the United States was hurt very badly by NAFTA for many years.  And now it’s a really good deal for both countries, and we look very much forward to it.

And I believe the President is on the phone.  Enrique?  You can hook him up.  Tell me when.

How are you?  It’s a big thing.  A lot of people waiting.  Hello?  Do you want to put that on this phone, please?  Hello?  Be helpful.

PRESIDENT PEÑA NIETO:  (As interpreted.)  President Trump, how are you?  Good morning.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you, Enrique.  And congratulations.  That’s really a fantastic thing.  We’ve all worked very hard, and your brilliant representatives are sitting right in front of me.  And I thought we would congratulate each other before it got out.  And I know we’ll have a formal news conference in the not-too-distant future.

PRESIDENT PEÑA NIETO:  (As interpreted.)  Thank you very much, President Trump.  I think this is something very positive for the United States and Mexico.  And the first reason for this call, Mr. President, is, first of all, to celebrate the understanding we have had between both negotiating peace on NAFTA, in the interest we have had for quite a few months now to renew it, to modernize it, to update it, and to generate a framework that will boost and potentiate productivity in North America.

It is our wish, Mr. President, that now Canada will also be able to be incorporated in all this.  And I assume that they going to carry out negotiations of the sensitive bilateral issues between Mexico — rather, between Canada and the United States.

And I’m really grateful, Mr. President.  I want to say that you — I greatly recognize and acknowledge your political will and your participation in this.  And on this paved path, I want to bear my testimony, Mr. President, and my acknowledgement to both negotiating teams, especially the team that is headed and led by Mr. Robert Lighthizer, and also the accompaniment and the support we have had from the White House through Jared Kushner.

And I also extend this recognition to the Mexican team.  They are listening to you.  They are close to you right now — Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray and the Secretary of the Economy, Mr. Guajardo.

Yes, in terms of (inaudible) the negotiations that have taken months, it’s been difficult, complex, and a very hard negotiation altogether with difficult moments, of course.  But I truly acknowledge now the fact that we’ve been able to reach an agreement that we are about to make public.  And this is the result of good understanding and good work.  And I — of course, I am quite hopeful that now Canada would start discussing with the United States the sensitive bilateral issue.

Congratulations, President Trump.  I am very grateful and I am attentive to your comments.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, Mr. President, thank you very much.  It’s an honor.  You’ve been my friend.  It’s been a long time since I traveled to Mexico, where we got to know each other quite well and we actually had a good meeting.  Some people weren’t sure if it was a good meeting, but I was.

I have a lot of good meetings that a lot of people aren’t sure if they were good or not.

But it’s been a long time, and this is something that’s very special for our manufacturers and for our farmers from both countries, for all of the people that work for jobs.  It’s also great trade and it makes it a much more fair bill.  And we are very, very excited about it.

We have worked long and hard.  Your representatives have been terrific.  My representatives have been fantastic too.  They’ve gotten along very well, and they’ve worked late into the night for months.  It’s an extremely complex bill and it’s something that I think will be talked about for many years to come.  It’s just good for both countries.

As far Canada is concerned, we haven’t started with Canada yet.  We wanted to do Mexico and see if that was possible to do.  And it wasn’t — I think, it wasn’t from any standpoint something that most people thought was even doable when we started.

If you look at it, you remember, at the beginning, many people thought that this was something that just couldn’t happen because of all of the different factions, all of the different sides, and the complexity.  And we made it much simpler, much better.  Much better for both countries.

Canada will start negotiations shortly.  I’ll be calling the Prime Minister very soon.  And we’ll start negotiation, and if they’d like to negotiate fairly, we’ll do that.  You know, they have tariffs of almost 300 percent on some of our dairy products, and we can’t have that.  We’re not going to stand for that.

I think with Canada, frankly, the easiest thing we can do is to tariff their cars coming in.  It’s a tremendous amount of money and it’s a very simple negotiation.  It could end in one day and we take in a lot of money the following day.

But I think we’ll give them a chance to probably have a separate deal.  We can have a separate deal or we can put it into this deal.  I like to call this deal the United States-Mexico Trade Agreement.  I think it’s an elegant name.  I think NAFTA has a lot of bad connotations for the United States because it was a rip-off.  It was a deal that was a horrible deal for our country, and I think it’s got a lot of bad connotations to a lot of people.  And so we will probably — you and I will agree to the name.

We will see whether or not we decide to put up Canada or just do a separate deal with Canada, if they want to make the deal.  The simplest deal is more or less already made.  It would be very easy to do and execute.

But I will — I will tell you that working with you has been a pleasure.  Speaking with and working President-elect López Obrador has been absolutely a very, very special time.

You both came together for your country.  You worked together.  I think that’s important for the media to know.  We have a little — a small amount of media in our presence, like everybody.  And the media should know that the President and the President-elect worked very closely together because the President felt it was important that the President-elect liked what he was seeing.

And our teams worked together.  Our teams were really well unified, and your team was very well unified.  I was very impressed with the fact that the two Presidents came together and worked out something mutually agreeable.

So it’s an incredible deal.  It’s an incredible deal for both parties.  Most importantly, it’s an incredible deal for the workers and for the citizens of both countries.  Our farmers are going to be so happy.  You know, my farmers — the farmers have stuck with me; I said we were going to do this.  And Mexico has promised to immediately start purchasing as much farm product as they can.  They’re going to work on that very hard.

And as you know, we’re working — unrelated to this, we’re working very much with other countries.  China is one; they want to talk.  And it’s just not right time to talk right now, to be honest, with China.  It’s been — it’s too one-sided for too many years, for too many decades.  And so it’s not the right time to talk.  But eventually, I’m sure, that we’ll be able to work out a deal with China.  In the meantime, we’re doing very well with China.

Our economy is up.  It’s never been this good before, and I think it’s only going to get better.

But, Mr. President, you’ve been my friend and you have been somebody that’s been very special in a lot of ways.  We talk a lot.  We talked a lot about this deal.  And I’d like to congratulate you and the Mexican people.

PRESIDENT PEÑA NIETO:  (As interpreted.)  Thank you very much, Mr. President.

I finally recognize this, especially because of the point of understanding we are now reaching on this deal.  And I really hope and I desire — I wish — that the part with Canada will be materializing in a very concrete fashion; that we can have an agreement the way we proposed it from the initiation of this renegotiating process, a tripartite.

But today I celebrate the (inaudible) between the United States and Mexico because we’re reaching a final point of understanding.  And I hope that in the following days we can materialize (inaudible) in the formalization of the agreement.

Something additional, Mr. President — and you have already mentioned it — it has to do with an involved and committed participation of the administration and the President-elect of Mexico.  As you know, we are now going through a period of transition, and it has been possible to create a highly unified front between the negotiating team of this administration and the people appointed by the President-elect of Mexico to be observers and participate in this agreement, in this understanding, to reach the point we are now reaching.

The President-elect has been aware of everything that has been happening, and I have also had the opportunity of talking to him directly and personally on the progress being made.

You have also had direct conversations with President-elect.  Things that we have to do and I hope we have the space to do it would be to find — to toast a good toast with tequila, of course — (laughter) — to celebrate this understanding.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Enrique, I think that’s exactly right.  And you know the good relationship that I’ve already established with the President-elect.  I was very impressed with him, I must tell you.  He was terrific in every way.  And he wants — you know, he loves your country like you love your country.  You want to do the right thing.  And we’re really doing the right thing for all of us.  So I really enjoy that.  Please send him my regards, and I will speak to him very shortly.

But this was great that you were able to do it together.  I think doing it mutually as opposed to just you doing it — or even just him doing it — I think a mutual agreement between your two administrations was a fantastic thing.  I suggested that early on, and I think it was immediately embraced and I think it was a really fantastic thing that you were able to do it — and with great spirit.  I mean, it was great coordination and spirit.  So I think that is really just great.

And, you know, one of the things that I’m excited about is you’re going to be helping us at the border.  You’re going to be working together with us on agriculture.  You’re going to be working in many different ways, and we’re going to be working with you in many different ways.  This is a very comprehensive agreement.

So, Enrique, I will see you soon.  I think we’re going to have a very formal ceremony.  This is one of the largest trade deals ever made.  Maybe the largest trade deal ever made.  And it’s really something very special that two countries were able to come together and get it done.

And I just want to thank all of my people — Bob and Jared.  And, gentlemen, you have been really great, the way you’ve worked so long.  And I know you’ve been going up until three o’clock, four o’clock in the morning, and then getting in at eight.

So I just want to — on behalf of the United States, I want to thank you very much.  And I can say that Mexico is very proud of you.  They’re very proud of you.  Thank you all very much.

Enrique, I’ll see you soon.  I’ll talk to you soon.  And congratulations, and job well done.

PRESIDENT PEÑA NIETO:  (As interpreted).  Thank you, Mr. President, and congratulations as well to you, to the negotiating team, to the (inaudible) of both countries.  We’ll be waiting for Canada to be integrated into this process.

I send you an affectionate hug.  And all my greetings to you and my regards.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  A hug from you would be very nice.  (Laughter).  Thank you.  So long.  Thanks.  Goodbye, Enrique.

Okay, so we’ve made the deal with Canada.  It’s a very —

Q    With Canada?

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  They’re starting.  We made the deal with Mexico.  And I think it’s a very — deal.  We’re starting negotiations with Canada, pretty much immediately.  I can’t tell you where those negotiations are gone.  It’s going to be a — it’s a smaller segment, as you know.  Mexico is a very large trading partner.  But we’ve now concluded our deal and it’s being finalized.

And, Bob, when would you say it will be signed — actually, formally, signed?

AMBASSADOR LIGHTHIZER:  Well, it will likely be signed at the end of November because there’s a 90-day layover period because of our statute.  But we expect to submit our letter to Congress, beginning that process on Friday.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Okay, so that starts the process.

AMBASSADOR LIGHTHIZER:  And then 90 days later, it will be signed.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  We have an agreement where — both with Canada and with Mexico — I will terminate the existing deal.  When that happens, I can’t quite tell you; it depends on what the timetable is with Congress.  But I’ll be terminating the existing deal and going into this deal.  We’ll start negotiating with Canada relatively soon.  They want to start — they want to negotiate very badly.

But one way or the other, we have a deal with Canada.  It will either be a tariff on cars, or it will be a negotiated deal.  And, frankly, a tariff on cars is a much easier way to go.  But perhaps the other would be much better for Canada.

And we’re looking to help — you know, we’re looking to help our neighbors, too.  If we can help our neighbors, that’s a good thing, not a bad thing.  So we’re going to start that negotiation imminently.  I’ll be speaking with Prime Minister Trudeau in a little while.

So I want to thank everybody.  I want to thank you.  What a great job you’ve all done.  And it’s been — it’s been a long one, but a lot of people thought this was not a doable transaction.  It’s going to be great for our people.  And again, I want to thank you folks.  And we’ll see you at the signing, and we’ll see you many times before that, I’m sure.

So, congratulations to the people of Mexico.  Great job.

Thank you very much everybody.

END

11:29 A.M. EDT

President Trump Participates in the Made In America Product Showcase – The White House – 7/23/2018

 

The single best tribute to our workers can be found in the unmatched quality and craftsmanship of the amazing products they bring from the blueprint to the storefront. ‘Made in the USA’ is a global symbol of unrivaled excellence.  President Donald J. Trump

 

AMERICA IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS: President Donald J. Trump’s economic policies have made it the perfect time for businesses to grow and thrive right here in the United States. 

  • American business is booming due to President Trump’s pro-growth agenda, headlined by historic tax cuts, deregulation, and trade actions defending American workers and businesses.

  • Businesses are creating more and more jobs right here in the United States, with more than 3.2 million new jobs created since President Trump took office.

  • The number of job openings surpassed the number of job seekers for the first time on record, which is great news for Americans who are unemployed and unable to find good, stable jobs.

    • 65 percent of Americans say now is a good time to find a quality job, according to Gallup.

  • Gross domestic product grew by more than 3 percent in 2 quarters during 2017, and some forecasts expect growth to exceed 4 percent in the second quarter of 2018.

  • Businesses are finally bringing money held overseas back to the United States as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law by President Trump.

  • Steel and aluminum producers are pouring in new investment and creating new jobs in the United States following the tariffs placed on those industries to protect our national security.

AMERICAN MANUFACTURING IS BACK: President Trump’s pro-growth agenda has rejuvenated American manufacturing.

  • American manufacturers are more optimistic than ever and expect their winning streak to continue, according to a recent survey by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

    • Optimism among manufacturers hit an all-time high in NAM’s most recent survey.

    • Expectations for employment growth and capital investment over the next year also hit all-time highs in NAM’s most recent survey.

  • Approximately 344,000 manufacturing jobs have been created since the President took office.

  • The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was a win for American workers, cutting the top corporate tax rate and enabling businesses to fully write off capital investments for the next 5 years.

FREE, FAIR, AND RECIPROCAL TRADE: President Trump has stood up for American workers and businesses that have paid the price for years of bad trade deals and unfair trade practices. 

  • Since taking office, President Trump has advocated for free, fair, and reciprocal trade that will benefit American workers and businesses and reduce our trade deficit.

  • President Trump is taking tough actions to defend American businesses from China’s unfair practices such as intellectual property theft and forced technology transfer.

  • President Trump is renegotiating past deals to make sure they benefit American workers.

    • The Trump Administration secured key amendments to the trade agreement with South Korea, including provisions to increase American automobile exports.

  • The Trump Administration placed tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum to protect our national security and defend our domestic industries.

  • President Trump’s Administration imposed tariffs to safeguard American manufacturers of washing machines and solar energy products from a flood of overseas imports.

DEEP 6 – The Deep State with Dick Morris – Mexico’s New President

-MEXICO HAS A NEW PRESIDENT WHO’S A LEFTIST. WILL PUSH people to BREAK INTO AMERICA & SEED IT With CRIMINALS.

-LEADERS OF THE ANTI-AMERICA BLOCK ARE: CUBA, NICARAGUA, El Salvador, EQUADOR, VENEZUELA & BOLIVIA & MEXICO.

-THE GOVERNMENT OF MEXICO WILL ENCOURAGE MIGRATION INTO THE U.S. & TO REGISTER TO VOTE TO MOVE THE U.S LEFTWARD.

-MEXICO WILL TRY TO SEED THE IMMIGRANTS WITH TERRORISTS & DRUG KING PINGS TO INCREASE PROBLEMS IN THE U.S.

-THIS New Mexico PRESIDENT WILL DEDICATE HIS ADMINISTRATION TO HURTING THE U.S. AND LEADING A GLOBAL COALITION AGAINST THE U.S.

-THIS GUY IS A REAL LEFTIST AND A HARD CASE. IT’S GOING TO BE A REALLY BAD SCENE. DICK MORRIS