U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with neighboring Canada and Mexico was “very possible,” but he threatened to scrap the pact if the countries failed to reach a “fair deal for all.”
“I received calls from the President of Mexico and the Prime Minister of Canada asking to renegotiate NAFTA rather than terminate,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “I agreed … subject to the fact that if we do not reach a fair deal for all, we will then terminate NAFTA. Relationships are good – deal very possible!”
Trump has repeatedly vowed to pull out from the 23-year-old trade pact if he cannot renegotiate better terms for the United States, which went from running a small trade surplus with Mexico in the early 1990s to a $63 billion deficit in 2016.
Trump’s comments came one day after he told the leaders of Canada and Mexico that he would not end the trade agreement now. White House officials had earlier said the administration was considering efforts to withdraw.