President Donald Trump's quickly dropped threat to pull the United States out of the North American Free Trade Agreement didn't please Republicans in Congress, The Hill reports.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said last week's rumors that Trump is considering an executive order to exit NAFTA "raised some concerns."
Hatch, the chair of the Senate Finance Committee, told Buzzfeed News that although he was happy the president rescinded his threat, Trump is employing a sound strategy.
"It says to them 'Hey, nothing's sacred', except the United States wants to have a reasonable agreement, and if he's not going to get it, we're going to change," he said. "So he knows what he's doing."
Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran worried that the loss of NAFTA could negatively affect the economy in his state, which is heavily reliant on exports.
"As a Kansan, our state would be very much impacted by the loss of a trading relationship, the ability to export to Mexico and Canada," he told The Hill. "We need to make certain our relationship with those countries doesn't deteriorate over a conversation about renegotiating NAFTA or pulling out."
Senior Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, Senate Agriculture Committee chair, raised concerns, according to The Hill, that the "White House trade council… insists on 24 different policies and bilateral agreements.
"We also have to export things that we grow," he added. "Right now we have Russia selling more wheat than the United States and Brazil finally coming to fruition as a major, major agricultural exporter, exporting more soybeans than the United States. We have to reach a better understanding within the administration."
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