The Latest: Trump says NAFTA pull-out would shock system
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s activities (all times local):
President Donald Trump says that withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement would be a “pretty big ... shock to the system.”
Trump said Thursday at the White House he’d been planning to terminate NAFTA “as of two or three days from now.” But the president says he was persuaded to reconsider by the leaders of Canada and Mexico.
Trump says if he’s unable to make “a fair deal” for the U.S., he will, indeed, seek to halt participation in NAFTA.
But he says, “We’re going to give renegotiation a good, strong shot,” and says renegotiation begins today.
Trump was speaking before a meeting with Argentine President Mauricio Macri.
President Donald Trump says the leaders of Canada and Mexico called him asking the United States to remain a partner in the North American Free Trade Agreement and that he agreed.
But in a post Thursday morning on his verified Twitter account, the president said his positive response was “subject to the fact that if we do not reach a fair deal for all, we will then terminate NAFTA.”
He said relationships between the U.S. and Mexico and Canada are “very good — deal very possible.”
The White House had released a statement late Wednesday saying only that Trump assured the two leaders the U.S. wouldn’t bolt NAFTA at this time.
Campaigning for the presidency last year, Trump repeatedly assailed NAFTA, saying it was a bad deal for America. He also pledged that if elected, he would dump it.
President Donald Trump, still chafing over rulings blocking his travel ban early this year, says he’s considered breaking up the West Coast-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Asked during a White House interview by the Washington Examiner if he’d thought about proposals to break up the court, Trump replied, “Absolutely, I have.” He added that “there are many people that want to break up the 9th Circuit. It’s outrageous.”
The comments echoed his Twitter criticism of the court Wednesday morning.
Trump called U.S. District Judge William Orrick’s preliminary injunction against his order stripping money from sanctuary cities “ridiculous” on Twitter. He said that he planned to take that case to the Supreme Court. But an administration appeal of the district court’s decision would go first to the 9th Circuit.
The time element has been corrected from late Tuesday to late Wednesday in the 4th paragraph.