JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – President of the United States (US) Donald Trump said he had reached an agreement with Canada and Mexico, where US could sell agricultural products, aluminum and steel to those countries without charging large tariffs or tariffs.
Trump said that with the agreement, US farmers could start doing business again with Mexico and Canada since Monday (05/20).
According to him, the leaders of the two border countries have shown justice to US workers and heard complaints from citizens because of the previous tariff setting.
“We have agreed with Canada and Mexico, and we will sell our products into those countries without the imposition of tariffs or major tariffs,” Trump said in a written statement on Tuesday (05/21).
Trump said that the US had strong ties with Canada and Mexico long ago. But that should not stop hard negotiations to protect US interests regarding US workers and jobs.
“The US and our trading partners benefit greatly from free, fair, balanced and reciprocal trade. This week, we renewed our commitment to addressing sustainable trade imbalances, breaking down trade barriers, and providing new opportunities for Americans to increase exports,” Trump said.
Elimination of steel and aluminum tariffs in Canada and Mexico cleared the main obstacle to ratifying Trump’s replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), although the last part of the pact remained uncertain because US Democrats voiced concerns about employment and environmental provisions contained in the agreement.
As known that the 25 percent steel metal tariff and 10 percent aluminum previously caused deep rifts in normally harmonious US-Canada relations.
But the tension seems to have been removed for now because the two leaders praised the breakthrough since Friday last week.
“We have a great relationship with Canada, the Prime Minister,” Trump said in remarks on Friday.
But the President condemned Mexico’s stance that people from other countries including Mexico must have the right to flow to the US and that US taxpayers should be held responsible for the extraordinary costs associated with illegal migration.
“Mexico is wrong and I will soon be giving a response!” he said.
Trump instead publicly said disappointment with Mexico had done almost nothing to stop illegal immigrants from coming to the Southern Border, which the immigration was deemed defective and damaged.
“I am very disappointed that Mexico is doing virtually nothing to stop illegal immigrants,” he said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats have explained that they want strong enforcement of the provisions of the workforce, along with some improvements to environmental protection and the provision of medicines.
Pelosi said it cannot be dealt with additional letters or legislation and needs to be resolved in the main agreement itself, but the Trump, Mexico and Canada governments have absolutely no desire to reopen negotiations on the agreement.
Vice President Mike Pence also stressed that “we will not allow old trade agreements to hurt American manufacturers or American farmers again.”
Because under NAFTA, countries like China can play the system by sending their products to Canada or Mexico, then sending them to the US tax free.
“Those days are over,” said the Vice President.
Trump’s announcement came a day after the Trump announced it would postpone a decision on imposing new tariffs on foreign cars, partly because it said it was working to negotiate new trade agreements with Japan and the European Union for the next 180 days.
In negotiations with Japan, Trump stated that the US had succeeded in closing a deal to remove Japanese restrictions on US beef exports.
Japan has banned imports of US beef over 30 months since 2005 in response to the spread of so-called mad cow disease.
The sale of American beef to Japan reached US$2 billion last year, about a quarter of all US beef exports.
The US Meat Export Federation estimates that expanded access without age can increase US beef sales to Japan 7 percent to 10 percent, or $ 150 million to $ 200 million per year.
Looking at the G20 Finance Ministers Summit on June 8-9, followed by the leaders’ Summit in Osaka on June 28-29 in Japan, the renewal of the commitment to maintain the international order needs to be immediately carried out by state leaders, including President Trump, Chinese Xi Jinping, Japan, EU and other allied countries.
Because cooperation and openness which are under threat of protectionism are unfair and have the potential to damage economic stability.
This approach is likely to clash with President Trump’s focus on narrowing the US trade deficit by using import tariffs and bilateral agreements.
Written by Daniel Deha, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org