WASHINGTON (News4Utah) – A major breakthrough in the NAFTA negotiations came out of Washington Monday.
The White House announced it reached an agreement with Mexico. President Donald Trump is calling on Canada to sign on to the trade deal.
Trump says he’s nixing NAFTA and replacing it with a new trade deal between the United States and Mexico.
“They used to call it NAFTA, we’re going to call it the United States-Mexico Trade Agreement,” said Trump.
The president made the announcement in the Oval Office with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto joining by speakerphone.
The two leaders praised each other for reaching a deal and said it’s now up to Canada to sign on.
The U.S., Mexico, and Canada set out to renegotiate NAFTA last year, but after three-way talks with Canada and Mexico fell apart in June, President Trump said the only way to reach a NAFTA deal is to divide and conquer.
Missouri Republican Senator Roy Blunt called Monday’s announcement a huge victory for America’s farmers.
“Not only for farmers, but for farmers, for people who run the Kansas City Southern railroad, for people who make cars, who make airplanes,” said Blunt.
Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman says there is still a long road ahead. Right now, the trade deal doesn’t include Canada.
“Canada is our biggest trading partner and Mexico is number two, o my hope is that we will see some light at the end of the tunnel here,” said Portman.
Trump seemed confident a trade deal with Canada will happen…whether or not that deal includes Mexico.
“We can have a separate deal, or we can put it into this deal,” said Trump.
The Canadian foreign minister is expected to arrive in Washington later Monday or Tuesday morning.