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Republican Senators Urge Trump Against Terminating NAFTA

Posted February 07, 2019

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(David Shepardson – Reuters)

Republican senators on Wednesday urged the top U.S. trade negotiator to counsel President Donald Trump against formally terminating the North American free-trade agreement as a way to pressure Congress to act quickly to approve a replacement deal.

Senator John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, told reporters it would be “immeasurably harder if the president decided to withdraw from NAFTA and then tried to jam Congress.”

Cornyn said U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told senators that it was not his decision and he would pass their concerns onto Trump. Lighthizer declined to comment after meeting with senators for more than 90 minutes. Click here to read more.