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NAFTA has ‘fundamentally failed,’ Trump’s top trade official says to open renegotiations

shockedcanadian

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So while the media tries and put the focus on anything but what matters to Americans, NAFTA begins its renegotiations today. Trump has signaled immediately that he wants an overhaul, and the networks don't want average Americans to hear this message as it is too "pro-American".

Hear Mr. Lighthizer in his opening:

NAFTA has ‘fundamentally failed,’ Trump’s top trade official says to open renegotiations | Toronto Star

ASHINGTON—U.S. President Donald Trump’s top trade official opened the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement with harsh criticism of the deal, saying it has “fundamentally failed many, many Americans” and cannot not be fixed with mere “tweaking.”

“We cannot ignore the huge trade deficits, the lost manufacturing jobs, the businesses that have closed or moved, because of incentives, intended or not, in the current agreement. The numbers are clear,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in his introductory speech. “The U.S. government has certified that at least 700,000 Americans have lost their jobs due to changing trade flows resulting from NAFTA. Many people believe the number is much, much bigger than that.”

Trump, Lighthizer said, “is not interested in a mere tweaking of a few provisions and a couple of updated chapters.”

Lighthizer’s remarks underscored the vast gulf, in perception and rhetoric at least, between the U.S. and the other two parties to the agreement, Canada and Mexico, whose representatives hailed NAFTA in their own opening statements at a hotel in Washington.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland called NAFTA “an engine of job-creation and economic growth.” She argued that trade between Canada and the U.S. has been “almost perfectly” balanced — though she pointedly noted that Canada does not believe trade deficits or surpluses are the best way to measure if a trade relationship is working.

“Canada is and always has been a trading nation. Our approach stems from one essential insight. We pursue trade, free and fair, knowing it is not a zero-sum game,” Freeland said.
 

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Trump is a master at using the media-created smoke screen to hide his pimp hand. Everyone is all in a huff about Charlottesville, Nazis, and ANTIFA but while they're being distracted, Trump is pulling the rug out from under the left's feet. It's like they wake up Monday morning and say "Whaaaat?"

That probably explains some of the outlandish-sounding things he's said. :laugh:
 

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Well, I'll admit that Trump has a point and that we have lost alot of Jobs to trade between China, Mexico and other countries.
87% of lost manufacturing jobs were automated. They are NEVER coming back.
 
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Well, I'll admit that Trump has a point and that we have lost alot of Jobs to trade between China, Mexico and other countries.
87% of lost manufacturing jobs were automated. They are NEVER coming back.

So they have to be automated in another country?

Sorry, that's a red herring argument. Hell we don't even have a National auto industry, yet, GM and Ford love shipping your jobs to us. Why?
 

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Well, I'll admit that Trump has a point and that we have lost alot of Jobs to trade between China, Mexico and other countries.
87% of lost manufacturing jobs were automated. They are NEVER coming back.

So they have to be automated in another country?

Sorry, that's a red herring argument. Hell we don't even have a National auto industry, yet, GM and Ford love shipping your jobs to us. Why?
You aren't making any sense. They didn't move to another country, they went away. They don't exist anymore. How can't you not understand that? Take you bulb off "dim".
 
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Well, I'll admit that Trump has a point and that we have lost alot of Jobs to trade between China, Mexico and other countries.
87% of lost manufacturing jobs were automated. They are NEVER coming back.

So they have to be automated in another country?

Sorry, that's a red herring argument. Hell we don't even have a National auto industry, yet, GM and Ford love shipping your jobs to us. Why?
You aren't making any sense. They didn't move to another country, they went away. They don't exist anymore. How can't you not understand that? Take you bulb off "dim".

Oh, tell that to the 4000 employees at GM in Oshawa and St.Catherines Ontario. They were going to move the jobs elsewhere but the province AND the Canadian federal government matched their $200M grant to GM. $400M total for 4000 jobs, paid for on the backs of future generations to buy votes, and insult capitalism.

Until the day manufacturing is totally automated, there will always be a need for human efforts.
 

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