Donald Trump calls Mexico president-elect in letter for quick NAFTA deal

Vastavam web: U.S. President Donald Trump told Mexico’s president-elect in a letter that a quick renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement would bring more jobs for both countries, but warned of a very different route otherwise. U.S. President Donald Trump told Mexico’s president-elect in a letter that a quick renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) would bring more jobs for both countries, but warned of a very different route otherwise.

The missive was the latest step in a thawing between the two countries since Lopez Obrador’s landslide victory, after a tense 18 months between Trump with outgoing President Enrique Pena Nieto. They have spoken by phone and Trump sent a senior delegation to Mexico, led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, shortly after Lopez Obrador’s win. Mexico and Canada have clashed with the United States over an update of the trilateral trade accord since Trump’s team demanded tougher regional content rules for the auto industry and proposed a clause that would kill the agreement if it was not renegotiated after five years.

In the letter published Tuesday, Trump said he thought a NAFTA deal would lead to more jobs and higher wages on both sides of the border, “but only if it can go quickly, because otherwise I must go a much different route,” he wrote. Negotiations to reshape the 1994 pact were launched last August at the behest of Trump, who blames NAFTA for the U.S. trade deficit with Mexico and argues the deal has cost jobs at home.