Trump Continues To Rush Toxic NAFTA Deal Without Canada

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Posted: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 9:17 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Trade Representative recently announced that it is moving forward without Canada on a proposed U.S.-Mexico trade agreement announced earlier this week. USTR announced that they will notify Congress of Trump’s intent to sign the new deal later this year, and noted that Canada will still be able to join the deal "if it is willing." The draft deal reportedly includes weak environmental enforcement terms, fails to make any mention of climate change, and even offers special handouts to oil and gas corporations.

This announcement follows reports that Trump said he would not compromise with Canada and previously threatened them with tariffs on automobiles. Earlier this week, Mexico made it clear that it wanted Canada included in any trade agreement. It has not indicated whether their position has changed. The full text of the deal will not be available to the public for another 30 days.

"The only thing Donald Trump has succeeded at is taking a failed trade deal originally crafted by polluters and multinational corporations and updating it with the help of even more polluters and multinational corporations all while alienating America’s closest allies to try and score political points," said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune. "This rushed, noxious deal is a shameful demonstration of Trump’s desire to favor his own political interests and those of corporate polluters at the expense of the millions of working families and communities in the U.S. and across North America. The U.S.’s trade policy should not be a pawn in Trump’s political game and Congress must fulfill its duties of rejecting any deal not in the people’s interest."

SOURCE: Sierra Club

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