Top U.S. trade official hopes for NAFTA 'breakthrough' in days

Irving Hamilton
August 17, 2018

Trump's remarks to Lighthizer were in keeping with his long-expressed view that the U.S.is willing to walk away from NAFTA if it can not strike a trade deal more favorable to the U.S. Teams have advanced significantly on areas including content rules for cars and intellectual property, said Kalach, who is part of a group that receives regular, closed-door updates on the process.

U.S-Mexico talks resumed in July, without Canada, after negotiations involving all three members of the $1.2 trillion trade bloc stalled in June.

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However, President Trump has signaled his willingness to scrap the trilateral deal and instead pursue separate deals with Mexico and Canada.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Thursday said he hopes there will be a breakthrough in NAFTA trade talks in the next few days, as the U.S. bilateral discussions were under way with Mexico over the North American Free Trade Agreement. "I don't want to say any details or any timetable, but things look better on that front and things look better on the European Union front as well, so, I think the president's initiatives are in process". Trump said. "If you can't make the right deal, don't make it". That would take the pressure off Lopez Obrador and allow him to focus on other priorities.

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