America first? Mexico, Canada push back on name of new trade deal

"We're replacing the disgusting job killing NAFTA with a brand new U.S. -Mexico-Canada agreement, which is a good deal for us, a really good deal", stated President Trump. Posing for photos in the gilded Salón Blanco, Trump spoke about their longtime personal relationship and said they would discuss trade, military purchases and other issues.

US tariffs on steel and aluminum remain in the agreement, something the three sides have been trying to iron out.

Administration officials have said publicly that the tariffs would be lifted when a new deal was reached to replace NAFTA.

'Donald it's all the more reason we need to remove the tariffs on steel and aluminum between our two countries, ' Trudeau said.

"A vast number of technical details need to be scrubbed and wrapped up", Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Monday, the Canadian Press reported.

Trudeau also brought up the recent announcement by General Motors that the company will be closing several factories in both the USA and Canada, calling it a "heavy blow".

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He described General Motors' plant closures that had hit thousands of United States and Canadian families as a "heavy blow" . Rota told CKAT that Canada's big concern is the tariffs on aluminum and steel which haven't been lifted yet by the U.S.

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But the path to Friday's signing has been bruising, and those sore spots will be impossible to ignore when the three countries' leaders gather to talk trade for the first time since 13 months of talks culminated in an 11th-hour agreement late in September.

The deal still needs to be approved by Congress, but Trump said that he doesn't "expect to have much of a problem" getting that accomplished.

Canada, the United States and Mexico will now move forward with their respective domestic procedures toward the ratification and implementation of the new trade agreement. -With the signing of this agreement, President Trump has delivered on his promise to renegotiate NAFTA and protect American farmers, ranchers, businesses, and workers. He threatened to tear it up and withdraw the United States completely at times during the negotiation, which would have left trade between the three neighbours in disarray.

All three leaders stood at lecturns adorned with the USA presidential seal, with Trump taking the middle position. "The fact that this is an agreement in three languages adds to the level of technical complexity and it is on that level that we are just being sure that all the Is are dotted and all the Ts are crossed".

Despite the symbolism of Friday's signing, Trump has no meetings with Trudeau scheduled while the two are in Argentina. The Canadian Conservatives have accused Trudeau of making too many concessions to Trump, who had threatened to "ruin" the Canadian economy unless he got his way.

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto joined the ceremony on his last day in office. So important. I'm honored to be here with president Enrique Peña Nieto, become a great friend of Mexico, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who has also become a great friend.

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