Mulvaney rejects Democratic calls to renegotiate updated NAFTA

Mulvaney rejects Democratic calls to renegotiate updated NAFTA
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White House acting chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyTrump hits Democrats over coronavirus criticism: 'This is their new hoax' Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Dems 'frustrated' by coronavirus response after briefing | Mulvaney claims press covering outbreak to take Trump down | Pence bolsters task force On The Money: Stocks have worst week in a decade on coronavirus fears | Fed chief hints at rate cut | Trump pushes central bank for action | Kudlow advises investors to 'think about buying the dip' MORE on Tuesday rejected Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi blasts Trump pick: He has shown 'clear disrespect' for intel community Appeals court rules House can't sue to enforce McGahn subpoena House approves bill banning flavored tobacco products MORE’s (D-Calif.) demand to renegotiate elements of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, an update of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
 
If Pelosi does not bring the deal in its current form to the floor for a vote, Mulvaney said, the Trump administration would be more likely to leave things as they are or withdraw from NAFTA.
 
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“You could stay status quo … which is just NAFTA. You could withdraw from NAFTA, which the president has talked about many, many times. Or you could go all the way back to the beginning and renegotiate from scratch with the Canadians, the Mexicans,” Mulvaney said at the Milken Institute Global Conference in California.
 
"I think it’s fair to say that last thing is probably unlikely to happen," he added. "Your real two plan Bs are either NAFTA or withdraw from NAFTA.”
 
Pelosi has said the updated version needs stronger enforcement mechanisms, as well as environmental and labor protections, before she will consider advancing the bill in the House.
 
She has also said that Mexico would need to pass a new labor law strengthening unions.
 
 
Mexico’s Senate approved the law on Monday; the lower chamber passed the measure earlier this month.