Michigan Democrat: Trump 'threw a grenade' in middle of new NAFTA talks with tariff threat

Michigan Democrat: Trump 'threw a grenade' in middle of new NAFTA talks with tariff threat
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Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellGun reform groups to pressure GOP senators with rallies in all 50 states Automakers rebuff Trump, strike fuel efficiency deal with California Here are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment MORE (D-Mich.) said Tuesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated MORE's now suspended threat to impose tariffs on Mexico was a "grenade" in trade negotiations with Mexico and Canada. 

“From a state that would have been the most impacted by these tariffs, he threw a grenade into the middle of these negotiations,” she told CNN, specifically referring to Michigan's auto industry. 

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Dingell also said she believes a new trade deal is necessary to help Michigan's workers compete.

“They were making progress and he lobbed a grenade that really hurt the progress of those talks,” she said. 

She added that now she believes the negotiations are getting "back on track."

“The tariffs issue just totally blew up constructive conversations, though I think we’re getting back on track,” she said.  

The Trump administration has been negotiating North American trade in a deal dubbed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

Trump said last week that he would suspend his plans to impose a 5 percent tariff on Mexican imports, which could have increased to 25 percent by October if his administration determined the country was not doing enough to prevent illegal immigration into the U.S. across the nations' shared border.