Canada says it takes Trump's talk of NAFTA withdrawal seriously

Donald Trump says he'll terminate Nafta

Trump says he'll be 'formally terminating NAFTA shortly' in a move that puts pressure on Congress

A number of Democrats in Congress, empowered by their new majority in the House of Representatives, say they don't like the new agreement in its current form, warning it will require more stringent enforcement mechanisms for new labour rules and protections for the environment in order to win their support.

President Donald Trump said late Saturday he will formally terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement soon, a move created to put pressure on Congress to approve a new deal he signed during the G-20 summit.

What's more likely is months of political horse-trading as Democrats and Republicans alike make their support contingent on other political initiatives, such as the controversial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, which protects illegal immigrants who arrived in the children. It's been a disaster for the United States.

Trump's goal in announcing the end of NAFTA is to put pressure on Congress to accept the new agreement with Mexico and Canada.

Trump had to submit the text of the agreement to Congress by Friday to set up a slim chance of passing implementation legislation for the deal before January, when Democrats will assume the House majority.

The U.S. president, along with Canadian and Mexican leaders, signed the new deal, the U.S. -Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), on Friday after more than a year of intense negotiations.

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The signing of USMCA was a victory for Trump, following months of tense and hard negotiations with Ottawa and Mexico City.

Brown gave his take on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.

In addition, the agreement itself is rather flimsy having been pushed to completion by a lame-duck Mexican government.

Morneau made the comments at an event co-hosted by Politico and the Canadian consulate in NY. "I commend President Trump and our US Trade Representative, Ambassador Lighthizer, for their perseverance, leadership and hard work".

"We remain concerned that the continued imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico will undermine the benefits of the USMCA", he added.

The original NAFTA deal was signed in 1992 by former President George H.W. Bush.

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