Mexican official says he's 'very satisfied' with USMCA after recent concern

Mexican official says he's 'very satisfied' with USMCA after recent concern
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Jesús Seade, Mexico’s deputy foreign minister for North America, said Monday that he is “very satisfied” with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) after last-minute talks between the two countries, The Washington Post reported.

The deputy foreign minister expressed concern over the weekend that the U.S. had added a provision to allow U.S. labor attaches to monitor factories in Mexico. But Seade said the dispute was cleared up after meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerBob LighthizerWhiskey, workers and friends caught in the trade dispute crossfire GOP senator warns quick vote on new NAFTA would be 'huge mistake' Pelosi casts doubt on USMCA deal in 2019 MORE Monday.

The trade deal currently will allow an independent panel chosen by both countries to probe allegations of employee mistreatment at factories, according to the Post. Lighthizer released a letter to Seade that said the attaches would not be “labor inspectors.”


Seade told reporters the trade representative’s letter “absolutely” ended the controversy.

“This is very categorical: These personnel will not be labor inspectors,” he said.

The deputy foreign minister had previously denounced the deal released last week after saying he was not consulted about the controversial attaches.

The USMCA is designed to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement that President TrumpDonald TrumpFreedom Caucus member condemns GOP group pushing 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions' MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's new free speech site to ban certain curse words Secret Facebook groups of special operations officers include racist comments, QAnon posts: report MORE has condemned. Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden angers Democrats by keeping Trump-era refugee cap Democratic Rep. Mondaire Jones calls on Breyer to retire Biden rebuffs Democrats, keeps refugee admissions at 15,000 MORE (D-Calif.) and Trump reached an agreement on the long-awaited trade deal last week. 

The White House sent legislation to the House for approval Friday, and both the House and Senate are expected to pass the new deal.