Trump: ‘We’ll be tweaking’ NAFTA

Trump: ‘We’ll be tweaking’ NAFTA
© Greg Nash

President Trump struck a softer tone on trade Monday, saying his administration will be “tweaking” the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in a way that will be a boon for both the United States and Canada.

During a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a Canadian reporter asked Trump if the country can expect big or small changes to the trade agreement and how it relates to Canada.

“We’ll be tweaking it,” Trump said at Monday’s press conference. “We’ll be doing certain things that are going to benefit both of our countries."

"Our relationship with Canada is outstanding,” he added.

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Trump said that the U.S.-Canada trade relationship has been “a much less severe situation” than with Mexico, though he pledged to work with the country to have a “fair deal” for both nations.

“It’s a much less severe situation then what’s taken place on the southern border,” Trump said. “For many, many years, the transaction was not fair to the United States.

“We’re going to work with Mexico. We’re going to make it a fair deal for both parties.”

In the days following his inauguration, Trump has said he’ll start renegotiating NAFTA, which was one of his campaign promises.

Trudeau is the third foreign leader to visit Trump in the United States, following British Prime Minister Theresa May and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.