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(Daily News)
Friday, 15 December 2017

While NAFTA negotiators this week “substantively” completed a sectoral annex on energy efficiency during an intersessional round of talks in Washington, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said at its close that the U.S. remained unsatisfied with Canada and Mexico’s willingness to engage in “serious” negotiations.  


(Daily News)
Friday, 15 December 2017

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) this week warned Vice President Mike Pence and other senior administration officials not to “harm global trade” in its approach to the NAFTA negotiations.


(In Trade)
Friday, 15 December 2017

Iowa's Reynolds: “The governors had a healthy discussion, but the conversation is ongoing.”


(Daily News)
Thursday, 14 December 2017

The U.S., Canada and Mexico are unlikely to close out any new NAFTA chapters during this week’s intersessional meeting even though some are ripe for it, sources told Inside U.S. Trade, saying that negotiators instead are trying to gain clarity on individual positions and teeing up a more dynamic round slated for next month in Montreal.


(In Trade)
Thursday, 14 December 2017

“Farmers would much prefer to sell their crops for reasonable prices, but exiting NAFTA will leave them no choice other than to require additional economic protection through increased federal subsidies.”


(In Trade)
Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Johnson will be in Milwaukee on Friday to make a case for “real facts” about the importance of certain imports in making U.S. exports more competitive.


(In Trade)
Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Sanders: “As we speak, the renegotiation of NAFTA is being done behind closed doors. With 500 corporate lobbyists and executives who are working overtime to protect their interests.”


(In Trade)
Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Asked about the timetable for KORUS talks, Ross said it “will largely be dictated by the Korean side.”


(In Trade)
Wednesday, 13 December 2017

“I just said, ‘I know you feel that the Rust Belt really came to your side, but these are your people as well.’”


(Daily News)
Tuesday, 12 December 2017

A group of Republican governors is planning a visit to the White House to make the case against a NAFTA withdrawal and to plea for a change of course in the administration’s approach to the ongoing talks -- a message they also plan to reiterate in a letter to President Trump, sources told Inside U.S. Trade.


(In Trade)
Monday, 11 December 2017

Carla Hills: “What other government would want to sit down and negotiate on any topic?”


(In Trade)
Monday, 11 December 2017

“The administration knows very well where farmers and the food and ag industries stand, but I would advise anybody to be prepared with contingencies.”


(In Trade)
Monday, 11 December 2017

From 2004 to 2007, Victor Cha he was the director for Asian affairs on the National Security Council.


(In Trade)
Friday, 08 December 2017

“Being from NYC, [Trump] doesn't know much about agriculture and the trading that we need to do.”


(Daily News)
Thursday, 07 December 2017

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer this week failed to reassure Democratic members of the Senate Finance Committee that he could prevent a NAFTA withdrawal, several senators told Inside U.S. Trade -- and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said the USTR “acknowledged that agriculture is in big trouble.”


(Daily News)
Thursday, 07 December 2017

NAFTA negotiators are not planning to address hot-button issues like government procurement and dispute settlement at an intersessional meeting in Washington, DC, that will begin on Dec. 9 and end on Dec. 15, according to a schedule obtained by Inside U.S. Trade.


(In Trade)
Thursday, 07 December 2017

“While a breakdown is not inevitable, it still seems more likely than not that the two sides will not be able to come to an agreement by the end of Q1 2018.”


(In Trade)
Thursday, 07 December 2017

“The new administration has shown a willingness to disrupt the patterns of past behavior and look for new models, and we’re willing to entertain next steps forward.”


(Daily News)
Wednesday, 06 December 2017

Republican members of the Senate Commerce Committee, in a meeting with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Wednesday, urged the administration to ensure that the agriculture industry benefits from a renegotiated NAFTA.


(Daily News)
Wednesday, 06 December 2017

President Trump this week showed interest in the addition of an energy “component” to a retooled North American Free Trade Agreement, according to two senators who met with him on Tuesday.


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