Trump administration will press Canada, Mexico to reopen NAFTA

1/18/2017 CBC News

flags 3 countriesThe man U.S. president-elect Donald Trump has tapped to reshape the country’s trade policy will soon send a letter to Canadian and Mexican officials urging them to reopen NAFTA talks, according to a report.

The Globe and Mail says Wilbur Ross will want to discuss country of origin rules and the independent dispute-settlement mechanism that are key features of the 1994 free trade agreement.

Ross is under questioning on Wednesday by U.S. lawmakers at his confirmation hearing for secretary of commerce, and was asked from the outset about his views on trade with Canada and Mexico.

“NAFTA is logically the first thing for us to deal with,” Ross said. “We ought to solidify relationships in the best way we can in our own territory before we go off to other jurisdictions,” Ross said, referring to China, a frequent target of Trump’s ire for allegedly unfair trade practices.

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