Trump Hopes Congress Will Vote Soon on Trade Deal With Canada, Mexico

August 25, 2019 Updated: August 25, 2019

President Donald Trump on Aug. 25 said he hoped a new U.S. trade deal with Canada and Mexico would be put to a vote in the U.S. Congress soon.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, meeting with Trump on the sidelines of a G7 summit in France, said the deal was a good one for workers.

Trudeau added that he and Trump had “some good conversations” on the global economy and that the Canadian and American economies “are doing well.”

In November 2018, the leaders of the United States, Canada, and Mexico signed the USMCA, which would replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto (L) US President Donald Trump (C) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto (L), US President Donald Trump (C) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, sign a new free trade agreement in Buenos Aires, on the sidelines of the G20 Leaders’ Summit on Nov. 30, 2018. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

The USMCA establishes modern digital trade rules that have significant implications for digital commerce. The agreement contains strong provisions that eliminate digital trade barriers, guarantee cross-border data flow, and improve customs procedures, according to Shay.

The new accord maintains tariff-free access to Mexico for U.S. exports. And for Canada, it maintains tariff-free access for 99 percent of U.S. goods, but lifts some important barriers facing U.S. dairy products, chicken, eggs, and turkey.

Reuters and Epoch Times reporter Emel Akan contributed to this report.

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