U.S. President Donald Trump will sign a new North American trade agreement on Wednesday in an outdoor ceremony at the White House to be attended by about 400 guests - but not the key Democrats who helped secure congressional passage of the deal. "American workers in all 50 states" and "beyond", the president said, adding that he is primarily "fighting for the American worker".
"Therefore, I ask that all of us in this place work together as colleagues to put Canada and Canadians first and to pass this legislation without undue delay", she said this week, reported the CBC.
Trump made renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) a priority during his 2016 campaign.
Trump has billed the agreement as a "a new model of trade for the 21st century". The approval came after China agreed to buy an additional $200 billion in USA goods and services over the next two years as part of their "phase one" trade agreement.
Congressional aides said it could take several months before the trade accord is implemented, since the three countries must show they are meeting its obligations before the clock starts ticking on an effective date.
His trade negotiator, Robert Lighthizer, pressed for a revamped pact created to bring factory jobs back to the United States.
Canada has yet to ratify the pact but is expected to do so within weeks. It also requires that a certain percentage of each vehicle be made by workers making at least $16 an hour. That would benefit the United States and Canada - not Mexico, where auto assembly workers are paid a fraction of that amount.Читайте также: Le gouvernement britannique restreint le réseau 5G au groupe chinois Huawei
"It's a blip", Syracuse University trade economist Mary Lovely tells AP. "The main thing is what it isn't: It isn't a continuation of uncertainty, and it isn't a major disruption", as Trump's other trade policies have been on business.
Critics include environmental groups concerned that the agreement does not address global warming.
The president wasn't wasting any time highlighting the deal in battleground states that will determine who wins this year's presidential election.
Trump wants to talk up a deal that about 4 in 5 Americans have heard little or nothing about.
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