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 TrudeauAre US-Japan relations on the rocks? US to restrict border crossings for another month: reports Iran blames communication, missile battery alignment for shooting down Ukrainian 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


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 PelosiNegotiators hit gas on coronavirus talks as frustration mounts Hillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation Schiff, Khanna call for free masks for all Americans in coronavirus aid package 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 TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary MORE had previously accused her of stonewalling the agreement, a signature push by his administration.