Trump’s Commerce pick: NAFTA likely starting point on Day 1

Donald TrumpDonald TrumpRomney blasts end of filibuster, expansion of SCOTUS McConnell, GOP slam Biden's executive order on SCOTUS US raises concerns about Iran's seriousness in nuclear talks MORE’s choice for Commerce secretary says the president-elect plans on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement quickly after entering the Oval Office.

“We’re working out the fine-point details, but NAFTA is logical starting point,” Wilbur Ross told host Erin Burnett on CNN’s “OutFront” Wednesday.


Ross said Trump is eager to tackle NAFTA, having repeatedly attacked the trade deal on the campaign trail.

The billionaire investor added Trump does not surrender ground on his objectives when negotiating pacts with other parties.

“I’ve negotiated with him over the years and he is not a bluffer. So if he says he will do something in a negotiation, not — I’m not talking about a campaign speech, in an actual negotiation — if he says, 'If you don’t do this, I’ll do that,' you bet your booty he will do it.”

Ross additionally dismissed critics who say his vast wealth divorces him from the concerns of everyday Americans.

“The fact that you’re successful doesn’t mean that you can’t relate to working people,” he said, adding he has complete faith in Trump’s agenda.

“I wouldn’t be giving up my day job for — for any other reason except I believe in him. I believe in America. And I believe it’s going to work just fine.”

Trump frequently railed against NAFTA on the campaign trail, arguing the trade deal had disadvantaged the U.S. and hurt its work force.

The president-elect also vowed last week to immediately remove the U.S. from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership upon entering the Oval Office in January.