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
© Greg Nash

Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellProgressives hopeful for deal with Pelosi to avert showdown on drug prices Pro-trade group launches media buy as Trump and Democrats near deal on new NAFTA Pelosi gets standing ovation at Kennedy Center Honors MORE (D-Mich.) said Tuesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 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.