Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Economy | By Shawn Conner

We Can Use NAFTA to Pay for Border Wall

We Can Use NAFTA to Pay for Border Wall

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Thursday he is optimistic that the United States, Mexico and Canada can successfully renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to the mutual benefit of the three countries.

The president also suggested gains to the US from a revamped Nafta could be used to pay for a southern border wall, which he has previously called on Mexico to finance.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Trump said that a "good deal" in NAFTA negotiations could effectively return enough money to the U.S.to pay for the border wall.

"When it comes to the more unconventional USA proposals, we have been doing some creative thinking", she said.

"There will be a ministerial meeting to review the toughest matters, to which we hope to be able to find solutions", Juan Pablo Castanon, president of the Business Coordinating Council, told reporters.

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The three countries have been renegotiating the deal at the behest of Trump, who regards the pact as having disadvantaged the United States economy.

He threatened to terminate NAFTA unless they could reach a renegotiation of the trade deal, but said he was waiting until after the presidential elections in Mexico.

Farmers have already been hit with commodities plunges and have been pleading with the president - through members of Congress and senior members of his administration - not to compound the crisis by threatening exports.

Dairy has always been one of the sticking points in Canada-U.S. trade, especially for Ryan's native Wisconsin.

"I was stunned", said Ujczo.

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He added: "This is sending a message and I think it's important that we're going to be there to defend, obviously, our workers".

"I think over the last months he's picked up that there is a potential cost". Under the agreement, the U.S., Mexico and Canada can withdraw after giving six-months' notice.

He said it's crucial that the upcoming negotiating round in Montreal Jan. 23-28 show some progress.

"I'm more concerned about NAFTA surviving in its current form than NAFTA blowing up", Dias said.

"You may not be able to put the NAFTA back into that box once it's open, and anti-trade momentum takes over..."

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