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White House’s NAFTA Approach Frustrates Businesses, Panicked Emails Show
June 06, 2018

A rocky progress has plagued President Trump’s attempt to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement from the start, as internal divisions and a thinly staffed bureaucracy often lets big American companies with much at stake shut out of deliberations, according to internal administration emails.

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Kudlow: Trump Wants to Break NAFTA Into 2 Deals
June 05, 2018

President Donald Trump wants to end three-way talks on NAFTA and deal with Canada and Mexico separately, White House National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow said Tuesday. “He is very seriously contemplating kind of a shift in the NAFTA negotiations.”

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Key Republican Says NAFTA Negotiators Missed Deadline for 2018
June 04, 2018

The U.S. Congress probably won’t have time to approve a new NAFTA this year, as Cabinet members from the three trading partners continue to negotiate changes to the pact, according to Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn.

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Column: Detroit Wins with NAFTA
May 30, 2018

As the U.S. continues to renegotiate NAFTA with our neighbors in Canada and Mexico, it is important to understand how much of a win NAFTA has been for Detroit, and the potential consequences of adding tariffs and other trade barriers.

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Delays and ‘Poison Pills’: Team Trump Runs Out of Road in NAFTA Talks
May 29, 2018

President Donald Trump is running out of time to deliver a revamp of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) he promised for this year and people involved in the talks say the crunch is largely of his administration’s own making.

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Mexico Made U.S. an Offer in Bid for NAFTA Deal, Sources Say
May 24, 2018

Mexico told the u.S. that it can be flexible on automotive wages and content in exchange for President Donald Trump’s negotiators withdrawing some of their other toughest demands, according to two people familiar with the talks.

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NAFTA Left in Limbo
May 22, 2018

Paul Ryan said earlier in the week that lawmakers in Congress would need to see a finalized #NAFTA package from the three NA trade delegations by Thursday in order to work a vote into an already tight legislative calendar, which will be made all the more complicated by what are expected to be contentious midterm elections in November.

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Trump is Right About NAFTA, But That Doesn’t Make Him Pro-Worker
May 22, 2018

As a deadline for NAFTA negotiations set by House Speaker Paul Ryan came and went on May 17, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin now says that the negotiations are still alive and might even extend into next year. Of course, President Donald Trump has undercut his senior aides before, and there is not telling what he might impulsively do if the mood strikes him.

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Mnuchin: Trump Could Consider a ‘Skinny’ NAFTA if Renegotiations Don’t Go As Planned
May 20, 2018

President Donald Trump could consider a “skinny NAFTA” overhaul that would not require congressional approval, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said. “We’re focused on a new NAFTA that would go through Congress.”

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NAFTA Countries to Hold High-Level Talks Over Pact’s Future
May 17, 2018

NAFTA partners will hold high-level meetings on Thursday and coming days to assess if a new trade agreements is within reach, as U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan says there could be a week or two left to reach a deal.

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A New NAFTA Will Probably Not Get Done This Year. Now What?
May 16, 2018

Divisions among NAFTA negotiators on complex and controversial issues are driving a stake through the heart of President Donald Trump’s goal of signing a new agreement into law this year. After nine months of intense negotiating rounds in all three countries, officials remain as far apart as ever on some of the biggest changes the administration has put forward, including ones related to auto manufacturing and Canada and Mexico’s access to the U.S. government procurement market.

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Kudlow Says NAFTA Deal Would be Test of Trump Trade Cooperation
May 15, 2018

White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow said agreement on a new NAFTA would demonstrate the U.S. can avoid an outright confrontation with China.

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Here’s Why Trump is Looking to Seal a New NAFTA Deal Soon
May 14, 2018

Trade negotiators meet their target dates about as often as meteorologists accurately predict the weather. But the Trump administration will soon bump against a deadline that will determine the fate of its NAFTA plans.

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As NAFTA Deadline Nears, Hopes for Deal Focus on Autos
May 10, 2018

The U.S., Canada and Mexico are focusing on rewriting the auto rules at the center of the North American Free Trade Agreement as negotiators face hard deadlines in an election year, raising the possibility of less drastic changes to other controversial parts of NAFTA, according to NAFTA.

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Mexico Says ‘All the Issues’ are on the Table in NAFTA Talks
May 9, 2018

Mexico’s economy minister Ildefonso Guajardo said “all the issues” are on the table as talks between the United States, Canada, and Mexico to rework NAFTA continued to Wednesday. Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Guajardo are in Washington pushing to hammer out an agreement on NAFTA after more than eight months of negotiations.

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Assuring Energy Security with a Modern NAFTA
May 9, 2018

As negotiations reach the go/no go point for a revised NAFTA, President Trump should recognize the agreement’s impact on one of his top priorities: U.S. energy dominance.

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Economists Doubt Trump’s ‘Hard Line’ on NAFTA Prevails
May 8, 2018

Another deadline is approaching in the NAFTA talks between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. And while headlines on Monday were full of Trump’s new ‘hard-line’ approach to the trade deal, most economists thinkk that the deal gets done with minimal changes.

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A NAFTA Deal in May? All Sides to Try, But it Won’t be Easy
May 7, 2018

Cabinet-level negotiators from the three NAFTA nations are meeting again in Washington this week to attempt a breakthrough on the trade deal. It won’t be easy. Several contentious issues remain unresolved after more than eight months of talks between the U.S., Mexico and Canada to renegotiate NAFTA.

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NAFTA Talks Resume Amid Fears of ‘Zombie’ Deal
May 6, 2018

Senior Canadian, U.S., and Mexican officials trying to rescue slow-moving talks to update the NAFTA trade pact met on Monday in a new bid to resolve key issues before regional elections complicate the process. With time fast running out to strike some kind of deal on NAFTA the three member nations are still far apart on major points.

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Business Groups Urge Trump to Keep Investment Protections in NAFTA
May 3, 2018

Four leading business groups are urging the Trump administration to keep investment protections as part of NAFTA. The American Petroleum Institute, Business Roundtable, National Association of Manufacturers and U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to President Trump and several top officials.

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Trump Trade Chief Wants NAFTA Deal by Mid-May
May 1, 2018

President Donald Trump’s top trade official wants to finish a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement by the middle of the month to get a revised pact to a vote in Congress by the end of this year.

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U.S. Wants 4-Year Phase-In for Higher NAFTA Auto Content Thresholds
April 30, 2018

The latest U.S. proposal for increasing NAFTA’s regional automotive content would carry a four-year phase-in to meet a higher, 75 percent regional value threshold and new labor content rules requiring substantial work at wages of $16 an hour or higher.

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NAFTA Officials Put Top-Level Talks on Hold Until May 7 to Consult with Industry
April 27, 2018

Negotiators trying to hammer out a quick NAFTA deal said on Friday they will take a break until May 7, allowing time for consultations with the auto industry in Mexico and for U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to visit China.

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Here’s What the Trump Administration’s NAFTA Negotiations Mean for You
April 25, 2018

President Donald Trump sent out a series of tweets Monday morning referencing the North American Free Trade Agreement -- a deal between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico that Trump has fixated on since the presidential campaign.

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Trump is Pushing Hard to Reach NAFTA Agreement, Both with Trading Partners and with Congress
April 24, 2018

With critical political deadlines approaching, the Trump administration is racing to strike a deal on a revamped NAFTA by early May -- with an eye toward forcing a congressional vote on a new pact by the end of the year.

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Trump Renews Threat to Tie Border Crossings to New NAFTA Deal
April 23, 2018

President Trump renewed a threat Monday to make tighter control of the southern border a condition of broad trade deal that his administration is renegotating with Canada and Mexico, saying, “Our Country cannot accept what is happening.”

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US Targeting NAFTA Deal in Three Weeks
April 18, 2018

The U.S. is aiming to reach a deal in principle with Canada and Mexico on the North American Free Trade Agreement in the next three weeks, according to congressional aides and industry executives who have been briefed by the Trump administration.

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The Window Has Likely Closed for a NAFTA Deal this Year
April 17, 2018

In the weekend summitry in Peru, Vice President Mike Pence indicated there was a real possibility that the United States could strike a deal on the North American Free Trade Agreement “within the next several weeks.” Similarly, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, at the same meeting in Peru, suggested the third week of May was a possible date for concluding the negotiations.

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Trump Push for Quick NAFTA Deal Slowed by Division on Top Issues
April 16, 2018

President Donald Trump’s push for a quick resolution to NAFTA talks is being stymied by persistent differences among the U.S., Canada and Mexico over a handful of the make-or-break issues. After seven rounds of talks rotating between the three countries, negotiators have entered what they’ve called a permanent round in Washington and are expected to keep going until a deal is struck.

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These are Five Sticking Points to a New NAFTA Deal: Quicktake
April 13, 2018

The clock is running on NAFTA negotiations. Though trade among the U.S., Canada and Mexico has tripled since the North American Free Trade Agreement took effect in 1994, U.S. President Donald Trump blames the accord for a loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs and for trade deficits. Talks to update NAFTA effectively began last August with a pair of objectives -- modernizing an aging agreement for new economies and rewriting it to appease Trump.

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U.S. Offers Compromise on Autos, Boosting Hopes for NAFTA Deal
April 13, 2018

The Trump administration is hammering out a compromise on auto-industry rules at the center of the North American Free Trade Agreement, increasing the chances that the U.S., Mexico and Canada can reach a deal this spring to revise the pact.

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Use NAFTA to Ease Regulation
April 12, 2018

Congressional Republicans of late have become innovative about using procedural means to further their policies. Witness the latest idea from a trio of senators to transform the regulatory landscape.

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Trump Threatens Endless NAFTA Talks after Walk-Back on Autos
April 12, 2018

Donald Trump says he’s willing to “renegotiate forever” on NAFTA, a threat that comes as his trade office again softens its marquee demand for changes to the auto sector. The president, speaking Thursday at the White House, said renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico is progressing well but there isn’t a timeline for reaching a deal.

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Trump Skipping Peru Is Latest Signal Nafta Deal Isn't Imminent
April 10, 2018

The Trump administration’s push to announce a framework Nafta deal this week looks to have fallen short, with talks continuing after the U.S. president canceled a trip to a summit with other Western Hemisphere leaders.

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No NAFTA deal in principle to be announced at Lima summit: Sources
April 9, 2018

Talks to rework the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are not advanced enough for the United States, Mexico, and Canada to announce a deal "in principle" at this month's Summit of the Americas in Lima, according to two people familiar with matter.

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Trump Softens Key NAFTA Demand on Regional Car Content
April 4, 2018

The Trump administration has softened a key Nafta demand for more North American content in car manufacturing -- a potential olive branch on arguably the biggest sticking point as the U.S. pushes to reach a stopgap deal this month, according to three people familiar with the talks.

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Canada Reports Progress on NAFTA, says ‘We’re Not There Yet’
April 4, 2018

Mexico, Canada and the United States have made good progress in their bid to modernize the NAFTA trade pact but still have work to do, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Wednesday.

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Trump Pushing for Preliminary Nafta Deal by Mid-April, Sources Say
April 3, 2018

The Trump administration is pushing for a preliminary Nafta deal to announce at a summit in Peru next week, and will host cabinet ministers in Washington to try to achieve a breakthrough, according to three people familiar with the talks.

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Trump links US border wall to NAFTA renegotiation, warns Mexico 'must stop drug, people flows'
April 1, 2018

President Donald Trump on Sunday explicitly linked his proposal to build a barrier between the U.S. and Mexico to ongoing NAFTA negotiations, as he renewed a warning that the flow of illicit drugs and undocumented immigrants from the country "must stop."

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Auto-Parts Stocks Surge on Report US Drops NAFTA Demand
March 21, 2018

The United States' apparent willingness to soften its contentious proposal on automotive rules of origin has brought optimism to NAFTA talks, but there are still obstacles that remain before a deal can be reached.

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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Ford, Toyota Motor, Volvo and Volkswagen
March 12, 2018

President Trump recently lent his support to the Commerce Department recommendation for raising import tariff on aluminum and steel. The new tariff of 25% on imported steel and 10% on imported aluminum will go into effect in 15 days on imports from all countries except Canada and Mexico, with which the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations are on.

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Crunch Time for NAFTA: 300,000 Jobs at Risk
March 12, 2018

The renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement began last August, and the seventh round was completed in early March. In the week since, Trump has unveiled sweeping tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum, and called out Canada and Mexico on Twitter.

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Automakers and Their Allies Call for More Breaks in Trump Tariff Plan
March 9, 2018

Global automakers and vehicle suppliers are pressing the Trump administration and U.S. Congress to exempt the European Union and other allies from new steel and aluminum tariffs set to take effect later this month, industry officials said on Friday.

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North American Auto Industry, Unions React: ‘This is Just the World Now’
March 9, 2018

The automotive community is questioning the potential fallout from Trump’s tariff plans, which many expect to spark a trade war. John Bozzella is quoted.

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President of Global Automakers Group Discusses How Tariffs Will Affect the Industry
March 8, 2018

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with John Bozzella, President and CEO of the Association of Global Automakers about how his industry is reacting to tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

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Op-Ed: Tariffs Threaten American Manufacturing
March 8, 2018

John Bozzella and Dennis Slater discuss how President Trump surged to victory in 2016 on the promise of restoring America’s economic vitality and helping U.S. manufacturers “win” again. They say Thursday's tariff announcement is a self-imposed setback from the great strides the administration has made toward this goal.

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US Metal Tariffs: Mexico and Canada May be Exempt
March 8, 2018

Some countries may be exempt from US plans to impose tariffs on metal imports, the White House has announced. The exemptions - on national security grounds - included Canada, Mexico, spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

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Canada’s Trudeau Says Trump Wants to Move Forward on NAFTA
March 7, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump made it clear in a phone call that he was focused on moving forward on NAFTA, and if he can get a good trade deal there would be no need for steel or aluminum tariffs on Canada, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday.

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GOP’s Rep. Brady, Just Back from NAFTA Talks, Predicts the US Will Stay in the Pact Because ‘Stakes are So High’
March 6, 2018

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, just back from NAFTA talks in Mexico, said Tuesday he believes the United States will not scrap the trade agreement.

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Trump Says Tariffs Will Come Off if New NAFTA Deal is Signed
March 5, 2018

President Donald Trump on Monday dangled the possibility of lifting the new steel and aluminum tariffs he’s imposed if NAFTA is renegotiated to terms more favorable to the U.S.

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Key U.S. Lawmaker Urges Steel Tariff Exemptions for NAFTA Allies
March 4, 2018

An influential U.S. lawmaker said on Sunday all fairly traded steel and aluminum, especially from Canada and Mexico, should be excluded from President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs, as he sought to calm tensions at major trade talks in Mexico.da and Mexico finished work on regulatory best practices for ​NAFTA, the first official “chapter” completed in the latest talks in Mexico City, according to a person with knowledge of the process.

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As NAFTA Weighs, Trump’s Tariffs Drive New U.S. Auto Concerns
March 3, 2018

From a hotel in Mexico City, Ann Wilson, a senior executive at the U.S. Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), is fielding calls from American auto parts makers worried that President Donald Trump’s metal tariffs will force them out of business.

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NAFTA Negotiators Agree to Regulatory Best Practices
March 1, 2018

Negotiators from the U.S., Canada and Mexico finished work on regulatory best practices for ​NAFTA, the first official “chapter” completed in the latest talks in Mexico City, according to a person with knowledge of the process.

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Op-ed: Renegotiating NAFTA: A Win for the Heartland
February 27, 2018

A NAFTA-less economy would directly undermine the business gains already realized through pro-growth tax reform, which our customers are using to expand operations, investments, and employment.

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Sen. Peters to Trump: Pump Brakes on Steel Dumping
February 13, 2018

Automakers have pushed back strongly against the Trump administration’s efforts to upend NAFTA provisions they find favorable. Groups that lobby in Washington for Detroit’s manufacturers and their foreign-based counterparts, as well as parts manufacturers and dealerships, banded together in a rare show of unity to form a coalition called “Driving American Jobs” to fight the Trump administration’s proposed NAFTA changes.

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Op-ed: Can Trump Really Take the Credit?
February 5, 2018

Following the State of the Union address, Eric Kulisch from Automotive News analyzes President Trump’s claims about the auto industry.

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Trump Tells Farmers He Wants a Better NAFTA
January 8, 2018

President Donald Trump told a gathering of farmers Monday that he is seeking a better trade deal with Canada and Mexico that will benefit both the agricultural industry and manufacturing, but he didn’t reiterate previous warnings on withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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North America’s Automakers Try to Sway U.S. on Rules of Origin
December 20, 2017

Mexican, Canadian and U.S. automakers are trying to dissuade the U.S. government from changing the rules of origin contained in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a Mexican industry leader said on Tuesday.

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NAFTA is Not a ‘Job Killer’ for Michigan, Says Right Place President
December 14, 2017

Birgit Klohs, president of The Right Place Inc., says the 23-year-old trade agreement has been good for Michigan and any attempts to get rid of it could result in a costly trade war.

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‘Worker Bee’ Round of NAFTA Talks to Focus on Easier Chapters
December 8, 2017

NAFTA trade negotiators convene in Washington next week for a limited round of talks unlikely to move the needle on major sticking points, but aimed at demonstrating some progress toward closing easier chapters

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Trudeau Steps Up on Trade for Canada, as America Under Trump Pulls Back
December 3, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau landed in Beijing on Sunday, with expanding trade with China at the top of his agenda. As the United States under President Trump becomes increasingly protectionist, Canada is moving in the opposite direction… Even industry groups that were critical of some provisions of the proposed deal are now concerned about the United States’ absence from it. John Bozzella, the chief executive of Global Automakers, an industry association, said a revived TPP, along with other deals, would put Canada and Mexico on “a path forward.” He added: “I think the path forward for the United States in terms of continuing to find markets for our exports is less certain.”

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Automakers Meet with Pence on NAFTA
November 28, 2017

Automakers pressed Vice President Mike Pence in a meeting on Monday "on their concerns about the Trump administration's proposed changes to NAFTA auto trade rules, which a study estimated could cost up to 24,000 jobs in the U.S. auto-parts sector by making cars more expensive to produce in the United States," POLITICO's Doug Palmer reports. "'We appreciate Vice President Pence taking the time to meet us and for the opportunity to continue our discussions with the Trump administration about the future of NAFTA and the U.S. auto industry,' Matt Blunt, president of the American Automotive Policy Council, which represents Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler, said in a statement."

Why Trump Has U.S. Car Companies Worried About NAFTA
November 28, 2017

Trump's trade negotiators are proposing a major change to NAFTA, the trade pact between the U.S., Canada and Mexico, that worries U.S. car companies… Industry representatives met with Vice President Mike Pence on Monday. After thanking Pence for his time and applauding the "modernization" of NAFTA, Matt Blunt, president of the American Automotive Policy Council ended his statement saying, "we also appreciate the opportunity to directly address the industry's concerns with the administration's rule of origin proposal."

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Pence Meets with Automakers Annoyed by NAFTA Changes
November 28, 2017

The automotive industry is wary of any changes that might be made in regard to the North American Free Trade Agreement… “We view the modernization of NAFTA as an important opportunity to update the 23-year-old agreement and set the stage for an expansion of U.S. auto exports,” said Matt Blunt, president of the American Automotive Policy Council. “We believe achieving inclusion of strong and enforceable currency discipline and ensuring foreign markets accept products built to our standards are important components of a modern NAFTA agreement” … In fact, the industry recently launched a new campaign called “Driving American Jobs,” which aims to do little more than leave NAFTA unmolested. But more established industry collectives, like the American Automotive Policy Council and Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, appear to be marching to a similar beat.

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Vice President Mike Pence Meets with U.S. Automakers on NAFTA
November 27, 2017

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and the administration’s top trade official met with the chief executives of General Motors and Fiat Chrysler, and a senior manager from Ford, on Monday to discuss trade and the renegotiation of NAFTA… “We view the modernization of NAFTA as an important opportunity to update the 23-year-old agreement and set the stage for an expansion of U.S. auto exports,” Matt Blunt, the president of the American Automotive Policy Council, said after the meeting.

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Auto Chiefs Air Concerns About trump’s NAFTA Stance at White House
November 27, 2017

Top executives from Detroit automakers met Monday with Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials and aired their concerns about changes the Trump administration is seeking to the North American Free Trade Agreement… “We view the modernization of Nafta as an important opportunity to update the 23-year-old agreement and set the stage for an expansion of U.S. auto exports," Matt Blunt, a former Missouri governor who leads the American Automotive Policy Council, a trade association representing Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said in a statement.

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Detroit Three Execs Warn Vice President Mike Pence of NAFTA Withdrawal Costs
November 27, 2017

Leaders of the Detroit Three automakers met Monday with Vice President Mike Pence and the Trump administration's top trade official to discuss their differences over continuing the North American Free Trade Agreement… Last month, a coalition of manufacturers, parts suppliers and dealers called Driving American Jobs formed to preserve NAFTA in its current form. “Our biggest concern is for American workers and customers,” Jennifer Thomas, vice president of federal affairs at the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, said in a statement. “Pulling out of NAFTA would lead to a decrease in vehicle production, a decline in jobs and an increase in what our customers spend when buying a new vehicle. Not to mention this would also have an impact on our abilities to export vehicles to foreign markets.”

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Detroit Automakers to VP: Retreat from NAFTA Demand
November 27, 2017

Detroit automakers pressed Vice President Mike Pence on Monday to pump the brakes on proposed changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement that they say could add thousands to the cost of a car in the United States… Groups that lobby in Washington for Detroit’s manufacturers and their foreign-based counterparts, as well as parts manufacturers and dealerships, banded together in a rare show of unity to form a coalition called “Driving American Jobs” to fight the Trump administration’s proposed NAFTA changes.

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Top US Automakers Warn Pence: NAFTA Proposal Could Hurt Industry
November 27, 2017

The top U.S. automakers warned Vice President Pence on Monday that the administration’s proposal to rework the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) could hurt the nation’s auto industry… “We appreciate Vice President Pence taking the time to meet us. … We also appreciate the opportunity to directly address the industry's concerns with the administration’s rule of origin proposal,” said Matt Blunt, president of the American Automotive Policy Council, which represents the trio of automakers.

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NAFTA Round Closes with Talks Bogged Down by Conflict
November 21, 2017

United States officials have tried in recent weeks to cool tensions over the North American Free Trade Agreement by extending the timetable for renegotiating the pact and asking top officials to sit out the current round of talks in Mexico City… More than 70 bipartisan members of Congress sent a letter to the administration on Nov. 15 saying the United States proposal for the automobile sector would diminish America’s competitiveness globally.

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Trump Administration Blasts Mexico, Canada for Limited NAFTA ‘Headway’
November 21, 2017

President Donald Trump’s chief trade negotiator issued a downbeat assessment Tuesday of efforts to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement, decrying “a lack of headway” and accusing Canada and Mexico of refusing to “seriously engage” on controversial U.S. proposals aimed at cutting the U.S. trade deficit… The most difficult issue hanging over the talks is the American proposal aimed at shifting auto production back from Mexico to the U.S… [but this] has prompted a fierce backlash from representatives of the American auto industry, which says the proposal would lower their efficiency and force more production to Asia.

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Canada, Mexico to Rebuff U.S. over NAFTA Goals as Talks Bog Down
November 20, 2017

Canada and Mexico will rebuff the United States over its demand for tougher NAFTA automotive content rules, top officials said on Monday as negotiations to renew the treaty bogged down with only a few months to go… Canada and Mexico are particularly unhappy about the U.S. push for tougher autos content… “There is no product made in North America that meets this rule of origin requirement,” said Matt Blunt, president of the American Automotive Policy Council, which represents Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co and Fiat Chrysler.

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Sources: Mexico, Canada Holding Back on NAFTA Counterproposals Hoping U.S. Softens Its Stances
November 21, 2017

Canadian and Mexican negotiators have refrained from countering many of the most controversial U.S. proposals at the fifth round of NAFTA talks because they believe the U.S. eventually will be forced to reconcile those offerings with the concerns of Congress and the U.S. business and agriculture communities, according to stakeholders and an official close to the talks.

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NAFTA Talks Sputter as Parties Reject U.S. Hard Line
November 21, 2017

The quest to renew NAFTA is slowing to a crawl as Canada and Mexico tiptoe around America’s most controversial proposals, throwing into doubt the ability of the three nations to reach a quick deal… Sensing danger, the auto industry has stepped up its lobbying to preserve Nafta. A coalition of industry associations called Driving American Jobs traveled to Mexico City to make its case.

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NAFTA Talks Shift Down a Gear
November 21, 2017

The latest NAFTA talks have proven far less dramatic than the fireworks of earlier rounds, though any deal remains far off as Mexico and Canada hold out hope the U.S. will soften its demands… Sensing danger, the auto industry has stepped up its lobbying to preserve NAFTA. A coalition of industry associations called Driving American Jobs traveled to Mexico City to make its case.

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Op-Ed: La La La, I’m not Listening…
November 20, 2017

The Trump administration's positions on NAFTA would seriously harm the industries the White House says it is trying to protect. Business groups are trying to get that message through, but it's falling on deaf ears… In fact, industries across a wide spectrum strongly oppose some of U.S. negotiators' demands. In early October, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce executive called some Trump administration proposals "highly dangerous" to the U.S. economy. Later that month, several automotive-industry groups formed the "Driving American Jobs" coalition to fight the White House's stance on renegotiating the treaty.

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NAFTA Negotiations Shift Down a Gear
November 20, 2017

The latest NAFTA talks have proven far less dramatic than the fireworks of earlier rounds, though any deal remains far off as Mexico and Canada hold out hope the U.S. will soften its demands… Sensing danger, the auto industry has stepped up its lobbying to preserve NAFTA. A coalition of industry associations called Driving American Jobs traveled to Mexico City to make its case.

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Press Release: Bi-Partisan Congressional Group Supports American Auto Industry in Defending NAFTA and Preserving American Jobs
November 15, 2017

Today, a group of 72 bi-partisan congressmen from 23 states submitted a letter to United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, expressing concern about American jobs as negotiations over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) continue this week in Mexico City. Representatives Mark Sanford (R-SC), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Mike Bishop (R-MI), and Terri Sewell (D-AL) led the letter.

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First reading on third-quarter GDP up 3.0%, vs 2.5% rise expected
October 27, 2017

The U.S. economy unexpectedly maintained a brisk pace of growth in the third quarter as an increase in inventory investment and a smaller trade deficit offset a hurricane-related slowdown in consumer spending and a decline in construction.

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Automakers Unify to Urge Trump to Keep NAFTA
October 26, 2017

Domestic automakers and suppliers have already expressed concerns that leaving the North American Free Trade Agreement could be detrimental to the industry. Numerous automotive trade groups have claimed that losing NAFTA would result in less efficient and more costly ways of doing business.

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Trump's NAFTA Threats Put Auto Industry On Offense
October 25, 2017

Auto industry groups have formed a new advocacy coalition, Driving American Jobs, to urge Donald Trump not to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement, using language that the real-estate-mogul-turned-politician can understand.

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Auto Industry Tells Trump 'We're Winning With NAFTA'
October 25, 2017

Major automakers, suppliers and auto dealers are launching a new coalition on Tuesday to urge U.S. President Donald Trump not to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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Auto Associations Launch ‘Driving American Jobs’ Coalition In Effort to Save NAFTA
October 25, 2017

Stakeholders of all stripes have weighed in on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) this year, as renegotiation talks have now gone through four rounds.

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Vehicle Makers, Suppliers, Dealers Form Coalition to Lobby for NAFTA
October 25, 2017

Groups that lobby in Washington for Detroit's automakers and their foreign-based counterparts, as well as vehicle part manufacturers and dealerships, have banded together to fight President Donald Trump's proposed changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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Auto Industry to Washington Pols: Keep NAFTA in Place
October 24, 2017

The auto industry weighed into the NAFTA fray Tuesday, with a strong and collective statement telling Washington not to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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Auto Industry Bands Together in Bid to Save NAFTA
October 24, 2017

Groups that lobby in Washington for Detroit’s automakers and their foreign-based counterparts, as well as car part manufacturers and dealerships, have banded together to fight President Donald Trump’s proposed changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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‘Army’ of Lobbyists Hits Capitol Hill to Defend Nafta
October 24, 2017

Dozens of business and industry leaders descended on Capitol Hill on Tuesday in a coordinated push to preserve the North American Free Trade Agreement, a pact that has appeared increasingly at risk as the Trump administration presses Canada and Mexico for significant concessions.

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Auto industry tells Trump 'We're winning with NAFTA'
October 24, 2017

Major automakers, suppliers and auto dealers are launching a new coalition on Tuesday to urge U.S. President Donald Trump not to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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Auto Industry Campaign Aims to Steer Trump Away From Quitting Nafta
October 24, 2017

Five groups representing automakers in the U.S. and around the world, along with suppliers and car dealers, have joined forces in a campaign to try to convince President Donald Trump that the North America Free Trade Agreement is worth saving.

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Press Release: American Auto Industry Unites to Defend NAFTA and Preserve American Jobs
October 24, 2017

Today, America’s auto manufacturers, parts suppliers, and dealers announced the formation of Driving American Jobs, a coalition to safeguard American jobs in the automotive industry. Together, members of the coalition are fighting for American workers who are in the middle of an incredible comeback.

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Auto Industry Forms Coalition to Defend NAFTA
October 24, 2017

Top U.S. auto industry groups are joining forces for the first time to defend NAFTA, a trade agreement they say enhances their global competitiveness and supports hundreds of thousands of American automotive jobs.

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