Published: Wed, August 30, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Hamilton's mayor fires back at Trump over NAFTA tweets

Hamilton's mayor fires back at Trump over NAFTA tweets

Trump repeated his claim that Mexico was being "very difficult" in the talks, saying that was expected since they had a "sweetheart deal" via the agreement.

As trade talks begin anew in Mexico City on September 1-5, we hope the Trump Administration will know the importance of this market to our region and our country, and he will continue to fight back to get the best deal for USA companies and workers, and will leverage this administration's undeniable business skills to broker a new trade deal that will serve us all for decades to come.

Trump tweeted on Sunday morning that NAFTA is the "worst trade deal ever made".

Trump, a Republican, drew cheers at a campaign-style rally last week after he said he believes Mexico and Canada are coming out ahead in the 23-year-old NAFTA agreement.

As the first step to deliver on one of his most divisive campaign pledges, Trump signed a directive to begin the construction of the wall less than a week after taking office. The bottom line is this, America is facing a natural disaster right now the likes of which we have not seen in modern history.

In 2005, Mexican troops marched across the US and Mexico border to head to San Antonio for the first time since 1836, when the infamous massacre of the Alamo took place.

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'That contradicts the spirit of Europe, ' she said. "The last four years of the Kohl era was a period of stagnation and political agony", he added.

The president did not specify how he would compel Mexico to pay for the project, but said it "may be through reimbursement".

On Twitter, commentators also noted the especially poor timing of Trump's latest attack on Mexico, considering the US may need to take Mexico up on its offer of aid in the coming days.

"Mexico will pay for the wall".

Donald Trump needs to stop talking about that, because during the storm Saturday, Sunday that's actually what Donald Trump was tweeting about, getting Mexico to pay for that wall one way or another, either by paying us back or some other asinine way that Donald Trump can imagine.

The first five-day round of talks between the three countries concluded August 20, with all sides committing to follow an accelerated process in revamping the agreement, which was originally signed by former President Bill Clinton, a Democrat whose wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, ran against Trump in the 2016 election. "This determination is not part of a Mexican negotiating strategy, but a principle of national sovereignty and dignity", the statement said.

Trump, a week into his presidency, indicated to Mexico's president Enrique Pena Nieto that he understood the Mexican government would not outright pay the build a border wall. "There are parts like the Big Bend region - we don't want see a wall in the attractive Big Bend National Park". The key question concerns whether the United States is ultimately looking for a modernized, updated agreement overall or, for political purposes, will insist on terms that the leaders of Canada and Mexico may find political impossible to accept.

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