Trump: Ross to lead accelerated NAFTA talks

February 02, 2017


Wilbur Ross, President Trump's pick for Commerce secretary, will lead accelerated talks with Mexico and Canada on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, Trump said today.

[Daily News| February 2, 2017 |Inside US Trade]

Meeting with the leaders of the House Ways & Means and Senate Finance committee at the White House and flanked by Ross and other senior trade advisers, Trump decried NAFTA as a “catastrophe” and declared “I want to change it.”

Praising what he called an “all-star team of top-level people that are working on trade,” Trump said Ross is “going to be representing us in negotiations” along with “other great people.”

More from Trump:

We are working very hard, and will be very soon, as soon as we get the go ahead, we have the 90-day period that we have to think about but we want to get that whole thing kick-started and going. We have some statutory limits, and we don't have to have those statutory limits so it's very important. I have very serious concerns about NAFTA. NAFTA's been a catastrophe for our country, it's been a catastrophe for our workers and jobs and our companies that are leaving our country. I want to change it. And maybe we do it.

Maybe we do a new NAFTA, and we put an extra F in the term NAFTA. You know what the F is for, right? Free and fair trade. Not just free trade. Free and fair trade. Because it's very unfair.

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  • William Ryan
    The is no such thing as “free trade” just ask any economist and he will tell you that some ,somewhere must pay for the “competitive advantage”. Also in case you didn’t notice most all countries that have protected their markets to insure “fairness” do not have a trade deficits. Is that just a coincidence? I think not. Not only do we need and must demand “fair trade” but we must also have much “smarter trade” policies to maintain our competitive advantage. No rocket science here folks only having someone in charge of our trade deals that will truly representing the American peoples best interest and not their own personal interest…