US President Trump’s letter to incoming Mexico president Obrador

US President Trump’s letter to incoming Mexico president Obrador

US President Trump’s letter to incoming Mexico president Obrador

Mexico's president-elect has suggested that he could work well with Donald Trump because they are both anti-establishment leaders with a common touch.

Guajardo is due to meet his Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland on Wednesday, also to discuss NAFTA.

Talks to overhaul NAFTA began almost a year ago after Trump called for the agreement to be reworked to better serve US interests.

Mr. Trump escalated his protectionist rhetoric on Tuesday.

"The tariffs violate NAFTA rules and were imposed despite the fact that the United States International Trade Commission found that imports of solar panels from Canada were not harming US industry". "We are the "piggy bank" that's being robbed", he said. He announced that Mexico would establish a free trade zone all along the Mexico-U.S. border, and in the rail corridor that will be built across the Tehuantepec Isthmus, as part of his job-creation strategy. The U.S.is now gearing up for mid-term congressional and senate elections in November.

"Mexico has always been a country committed to openness and integration and I believe that this will be maintained", he said.


"It would not be my preference but would be far more profitable for the United States and its taxpayers", Trump added.

NAFTA talks are scheduled to resume Thursday between Canada, Mexico and the U.S.

The United States is also exploring the possibility of imposing tariffs on auto imports, though Guajardo said it was too early to speculate on how that would play out.

In the letter, Trump said that countries need to increase cooperation.

President Trump has chilled Mexico with demands that it pay for a border wall and his comments that it does nothing to slow illegal immigration. Mexico is also adamant about rejecting this expiration date on NAFTA. According to the report, as a result of the administration's tariffs, $11 million in New Hampshire exports to Canada are targeted for retaliation, and close to $1 million in exports to Mexico are targeted for retaliation.

Chile's Pinera said he met with aides to Lopez Obrador, and said he was confident the next Mexican president would remain committed to free trade. The Americans presented this as an agreement with Mexico on subjects such as auto content rules and challenged the Canadian government to respond before Ottawa learned there in fact was no deal and that Mr. Videgaray had only been speaking hypothetically to the new US administration.

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