Mexico's president-elect wants to rename USMCA in Spanish

 Mexico's president-elect wants to rename USMCA in Spanish
© Getty Images
Mexico's President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Tuesday that President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Ivanka Trump doubles down on vaccine push with post celebrating second shot Conservative Club for Growth PAC comes out against Stefanik to replace Cheney MORE's preferred acronym for a free trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada is not "adequate" in Spanish.
Lopez Obrador said in a tweet his chief trade negotiator, Jesús Seade, alerted him the acronym for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement does not suit Mexican law, under which the trade pact would be a formal treaty, not an agreement.
The USMCA is set to replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), once ratified by the three countries' legislatures.
In Spanish, NAFTA is known as TLCAN, short for "Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte."
Trump insisted on the name change after vilifying NAFTA as the "worst trade deal ever." 
But the distinction between "treaty" and "agreement" is important to the investment community, as Mexican law regards treaties ratified by its Senate to be above federal laws and only below the constitution.
López Obrador said in a series of additional tweets that the pact's name in Spanish should start with a "T" for "treaty," in deference to Mexican law, and that it should be pronounceable in Spanish.
He added that in consultations with the outgoing secretaries of foreign affairs and the economy, Luis Videgaray and Ildefonso Guajardo respectively, Mexican officials agreed the new name would list the three countries, to match Trump's English-language rebranding of the agreement.
López Obrador also started a Twitter poll with two proposed names for the treaty: TEUMECA ("Tratado Estados Unidos-México-Canadá") and T-MEC ("Tratado México-Estados Unidos-Canadá"), as well as an option for "none of the above."