Momentum Builds For A Modernized North American Free Trade Agreement
Trump Administration & Members Of Congress Reiterate Importance Of NAFTA

In Recent Days, Momentum For A Modernized NAFTA Deal Has Grown:

President Donald Trump Is “Driving Towards The Finish Line Of Reaching At Least A Preliminary Deal With Canada And Mexico On NAFTA.” “In a sign that the Trump administration is driving towards the finish line of reaching at least a preliminary deal with Canada and Mexico on NAFTA, White House legislative affairs staffers were on Capitol Hill on Thursday holding briefings for the Senate Finance Committee on a pending agreement, a White House official told Morning Trade.” (Adam Behsudi, “Lighthizer Favors NAFTA Withdrawal To Force Congress’ Hand,” Politico, 4/20/18)

Trump Administration Official: “I Can Say That The White House Is Leading An Administration-Wide Effort Of Officials Going To The Hill And Fully Briefing All Relevant Staffers And Members In The Chances That We Will Have A NAFTA Announcement To Make.” (Adam Behsudi, “Lighthizer Favors NAFTA Withdrawal To Force Congress’ Hand,” Politico, 4/20/18)

President Donald Trump, His Administration & Members Of Congress Have Expressed Optimism Towards A Successful NAFTA Negotiation:

President Donald Trump: “We’re Working Very Hard On NAFTA With Mexico And Canada.  We’ll Have Something, I Think, Fairly Soon.” (Andrew Mayeda & Josh Wingrove, “Trump Says NAFTA Deal May Come ‘Fairly Soon’ But U.S. In No Rush,” Bloomberg, 4/5/18)

Vice President Mike Pence: “I’ll Leave This Summit Very Hopeful That We Are Very Close To A Renegotiated NAFTA … There Is A Real Possibility That We Could Arrive At An Agreement Within The Next Several Weeks.” (Greg Quinn, Ben Bartenstein & Jennifer Epstein, “NAFTA Agreement Could Come In Weeks, Pence And Trudeau Say,” Bloomberg, 4/14/18)

U.S. Secretary Of Agriculture Sonny Perdue: “The President Will Not Let [Farmers] Be The Only Soldiers In The Battle … We Want Fair Trade With Canada Too … We Do Want NAFTA.” (Ron Smith, “Perdue: Ag Not Only Soldiers In Trade Battle,” Delta FarmPress, 4/18/18)

U.S. Secretary Of The Treasury Steven Mnuchin: “[NAFTA] Is A Big Focus Of The President.  He Wants To Renegotiate The Deal, But He’s Also Very Determined That We Get Specific Points … We Made A Lot Of Progress With South Korea, As You Know, We’re Making Progress On NAFTA.” (“CNBC Transcript: U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin On CNBC’s ‘Power Lunch’ Today,” CNBC, 4/6/18)

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer: “If There’s A Real Effort Made To Try To Close Out And To Compromise And Do Some Of The Things We All Know We Should Do, I’m Optimistic We Can Get Something Done In Principle In The Next Little Bit.” (Andrew Mayeda, Greg Quinn & Josh Wingrove, “U.S. ‘Hopeful’ Of New NAFTA Deal In Near Future, Lighthizer Says,” Bloomberg, 3/28/18)

U.S. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn: “We’re Trying To Get NAFTA Taken Care Of, Put To Bed Here In The Next Couple Weeks … I’m Hopeful.” (Megan Cassella, “Cornyn: Pence Says To Expect Positive NAFTA News In ‘Next Couple Of Weeks,’” Politico Pro, 4/18/18)

U.S. House Ways And Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady: “I Think It’s Encouraging That All Three Countries Are Really Focused Toward A Late April/Early May Agreement.” (Kayla Tausche, “US Targeting NAFTA Deal In Three Weeks: Sources,” CNBC, 4/18/18)