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Canada's Justin Trudeau Says NAFTA Good for US Jobs

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By    |   Thursday, 16 Mar 2017 08:46 AM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says President Donald Trump's plan to rip up the North American Free Trade Agreement could impact the U.S. jobs, NBC News is reporting.

Trump has vowed to withdraw from the trade deal, which includes Canada and Mexico, if he cannot renegotiate a more beneficial pact for the U.S.

But Trudeau says the agreement, which took effect in 1994, has "led to a lot of great jobs for a whole lot of people on both sides of the border."

"NAFTA's been . . . improved a dozen times over the past 20 years," Trudeau said. "There's always opportunities to talk about how we can make it better. It has led to a lot of great jobs for a whole lot of people on both sides of the border and I very much take him at his word when he talks about just making a few tweaks. Because that's what we're always happy to do.

"We've got auto parts crisscrossing the border six times before they end up in a finished product. You've got over $2 billion a day going back and forth. So, making sure that the border is … secure but also smooth in its flow of goods and people is essential to good jobs on both sides of the border."

Meanwhile, the Houston Chronicle reports that expectations Trump would seek large-scale revisions to NAFTA appear to have diminished recently.

It noted Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said he had been told the administration was concentrating on making updates to the agreement and would not look to toss it out altogether.

NBC News reported that a study by the Center for Automotive Research indicated a withdrawal from NAFTA or major punitive tariffs, could result in the loss of 31,000 U.S. jobs.

Trudeau told NBC News his message to the Trump administration was that "good job, middle class, happen on both side of the border because of the close relationship" between the two nations.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says President Donald Trump's plan to rip up the North American Free Trade Agreement could impact the U.S. jobs, NBC News is reporting.
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