Mexico's NAFTA strategy focused on GOP lawmakers from seven key states: report

Mexico's NAFTA strategy focused on GOP lawmakers from seven key states: report
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Mexico's lobbying strategy for trade talks with the United States is targeted at Republican members of Congress from seven key states, Reforma newspaper reported Monday.
 
According to the report, the Mexican government is targeting lawmakers from Arizona, Texas, South Dakota, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri and Michigan, most of them red states whose economies rely on exports to Mexico.
 
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The lawmakers include top Republicans such as Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who's performed a balancing act on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), supporting President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE's call to renegotiate the agreement while defending Iowa corn export access to the Mexican market.
 
Mexico's Secretariat of the Economy, which is in charge of trade policy and negotiations, issued its goals for lobbying firms to push the country's agenda.
 
"It is necessary to generate Republican allies in the Capitol who will contribute to Mexican interests," read the requirement, according to Reforma. "Especially in those states with a Republican majority in which exports to Mexico are more significant." 
 
Mexico has signed agreements with Washington-based firms Kit Bond Strategies and FT Consulting to further those Capitol Hill relations, Reforma reported.
 
Mexico, the U.S. and Canada are renegotiating NAFTA after Trump threatened to rescind the original treaty if the trade bloc wasn't reformed to decrease the size of the U.S. trade deficit.
 
Trade negotiations sailed through the first rounds of talks, but met more difficulty as the Trump administration introduced more controversial proposals in later rounds.