Trump signs trade deal with Mexico and Canada

President Donald Trump center shakes hands with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto looks on after they signed a new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement that is replacing the NAFTA trade deal during a

President Donald Trump center shakes hands with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto looks on after they signed a new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement that is replacing the NAFTA trade deal during a

Even as Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto - on his final day in office - prepared to sign the deal on the sidelines of the G-20 meeting, officials from the three countries were continuing to haggle over terms for lifting the US tariffs, and details of the signing ceremony were in flux.

In March, Trump - who has has repeatedly called NAFTA "the worst trade deal ever" - tweeted that the steel and aluminum levies would "only come off if new & fair NAFTA agreement is signed".

Turning to Mr Trudeau, he said: "This has been a battle and battles sometimes make great friendships so it's really terrificc".

President Donald Trump teamed up with the leaders of Canada and Mexico on Friday to sign a revised North American trade pact, a deal that fulfills a key political pledge by the American president but faces an uncertain future in the U.S. Congress. It was not clear until just a day earlier that the ceremony would go through amid ongoing Canadian protests over US-imposed steel and aluminum tariffs. 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.

The Prime Minister's Office confirmed the signing late Thursday after a day of some uncertainty, with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland saying there were still details to be finalized before the three countries could formally sign the "massive" deal.

Trump has slapped tariffs on the European Union, pulled the USA out of the landmark Paris Climate Accord and the Iran nuclear deal and suggested he might be willing to pull the US out of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation if member countries don't significantly boost their defense spending.

NAFTA was signed by Canada, Mexico, and the United States in 1993 and came into force in 1994, during the presidency of Bill Clinton.

President Donald Trump Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau right and Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Neto left participate in the USMCA signing ceremony Friday Nov. 30 2018 in Buenos Aires Argentina
Tariff tensions shadow US, Canada, Mexico trade pact signing

And even as Trump, Trudeau and Peña Nieto - on his final day in office -signed the accord on the sidelines of the summit, officials from the three countries continued to haggle over terms for lifting U.S. tariffs, according to The Washington Post.

And dairy remains a sticking point with the influential Canadian dairy lobby urging Trudeau's government not to sign the trade deal as it gives the United States expanded access to Canada's dairy, egg, and poultry markets.

"A vast number of technical details need to be scrubbed and wrapped up", she added.

Friday also marks an important deadline for the revamped version of NAFTA.

After promising to renegotiate NAFTA on the campaign trail and during his time in the White House, President Trump has delivered.

Trudeau's readout on the same call also mentioned lifting the tariffs the USA imposed on steel and aluminum. 'The Prime Minister also reinforced the importance of both countries lifting the tariffs on steel and aluminum'.

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