Lighthizer: Ready to work with Democrats to work out USMCA deal

Author: Adam Button | Category: News

Comment from US trade rep Lighthizer

Lighthizer said he is ready to work with Democrats 'sooner rather than later' to work out differences on the USMCA trade deal.

I don't understand how that's supposed to work. Canada and Mexico are already in the process of ratifying the text. Sure you can get some side-letters but that's going to take some negotiation as well.

From the Democrats side, you would basically be handing Trump a win when (arguably) that would weaken your hand politically and it would come without even the benefit of changing the deal.

Other comments:
  • US 'certainly willing to engage' with China in trade talks
  • Unclear when US-China negotiations will restart
  • Expects to meet with Chinese vice-premier ahead of G20
  • It's in the interest of both the US and China to have a successful trade agreement

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