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Trump Finds Democrats a Tough Sell on NAFTA Replacement

Posted March 26, 2019

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Haley Byrd – CNN)

The Trump administration spent more than a year working through high-stakes, strained negotiations for a new North American Free Trade Agreement. But that was just the beginning.

The most arduous part still remains: selling the deal to a divided Congress.

President Donald Trump’s top trade officials regularly argued the US-Mexico-Canada agreement, with its new labor and auto manufacturing requirements, would be an easy sell for newly empowered House Democrats, but the task of persuading members to support it is proving more difficult than they initially suggested. Tensions from the President’s unresolved tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada and Mexico haven’t made it any easier for foreign allies to rally behind the new deal, either.

There is a sense of urgency to ratify the deal as Canadian elections approach in October and the 2020 US presidential campaign gets underway. But even as the White House makes a concerted push to bring Democrats on board, lawmakers say they aren’t in any rush to move things along. Click here to read more.