U.S. Trade Rep: Objective Is “Good And Improved [North American Free Trade] Agreement”

Representative Darin LaHood: “There Is Real Concern With Farmers And Agriculture Folks With The Administration’s Position On NAFTA And Withdrawal … And When I’ve Heard Repeatedly About Withdrawal, The Groups I Work With – The National Pork Producers Council, American Farm Bureau Federation, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Corn Growers Association, Corn Refineries Association, American Soybean Association, Americans For Farmers & Families – All, You Know, Agree That Withdrawal Is Not An Option Here.  My Question To You Ambassador Is, Do You Know Any Ag Groups Who Believe Withdrawal Is The Right Approach?” (Committee On Ways & Means Hearing, U.S. House Of Representatives, 3/21/18)

  • U.S. TRADE REPRESENTATIVE ROBERT LIGHTHIZER: “Our objective is not to withdraw. Our objective is to get a good and improved agreement.  So, I don’t know of any ag groups that want to withdraw.  I don’t, there may be some of them out there, I’m not aware of them no, but other objective is not to withdraw either.  Our objective is to get the best agreement we can.  It’s an important agreement … it’s an enormous amount of trade between the three countries, and our objective is to figure out a way to have this agreement be more beneficial to the United States and that certainly means more beneficial to American agriculture.” (Committee On Ways & Means Committee Hearing,U.S. House Of Representatives, 3/21/18)