Mexican negotiator says US trade deal needs work, could be finalized next week

Mexican negotiator says US trade deal needs work, could be finalized next week
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Mexico's negotiator for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement has said there needs to be more work done, but also said he could see the deal being finalized next week. 

"As the Democrats have directly said a hundred times, we also say. It's more important to get the right treaty than a quick treaty," negotiator Jesús Seade said in a video he tweeted out Friday. 

"If the amendments suggested are fine, are acceptable, are improvements, then there's no reason why we should not be shaking hands next week," he added.  

Seade said after meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauIran expected to send Ukraine the black boxes from downed passenger plane Poll: Most Canadian taxpayers don't want to pay for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's security costs Trudeau: Escalating 'tensions' with Iran to blame for downed jet MORE and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland that disagreements remain regarding labor standard enforcement, dispute settlements, biologic drugs and environmental regulations, according to Bloomberg News

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He also reportedly said that the agreement could be ratified by the end of the year.

The diplomat also met with U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerGOP senator warns quick vote on new NAFTA would be 'huge mistake' Pelosi casts doubt on USMCA deal in 2019 Pelosi sounds hopeful on new NAFTA deal despite tensions with White House MORE in Washington this week, according to Bloomberg.  

However, U.S. House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWhite House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team House revives agenda after impeachment storm Democrats worry a speedy impeachment trial will shut out public MORE (D-Calif.) last week expressed doubt that the treaty could be passed by the end of the year, saying, “I’m not even sure if we came to an agreement today that it would be enough time to finish.”

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' MORE had previously accused her of stonewalling the agreement, a signature push by his administration.