Joint U.S-Canada Statement on Trade Agreement – USMCA…

CTH will have much more when USTR releases the details.  An initial review of framework suggests the important economic aspects will be in SIDE LETTERS.

“Today, Canada and the United States reached an agreement, alongside Mexico, on a new, modernized trade agreement for the 21st Century: the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). USMCA will give our workers, farmers, ranchers and businesses a high-standard trade agreement that will result in freer markets, fairer trade and robust economic growth in our region.  It will strengthen the middle class, and create good, well-paying jobs and new opportunities for the nearly half billion people who call North America home.

“We look forward to further deepening our close economic ties when this new agreement enters into force.  (LINK)

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395 Responses to Joint U.S-Canada Statement on Trade Agreement – USMCA…

  1. Lighthizer:
    The USMCA will accelerate the Manufacturing Renaissance under President Trump.

    It will bring our Trading Relationship with Mexico & Canada into the 21st Century.

    And it will protect America’s Competitive Edge in Digital and Innovation across the economy.

    It will also serve as a Template for Trade Agreements in the future.

    Liked by 11 people

  2. bflyjesusgrl says:

    When he was thanking people from Mexico and Canada who worked on agreement, did not mention the purple lady.

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  3. Lighthizer:
    This paradigm-shifting Model rests on THREE PILLARS:
    • FAIRNESS:
    ○ We have negotiated stronger origin rules for automobiles, which will bring $ Billions of Manufacturing back to America.
    ○ We have secured greater market access for our Farmers and Ranchers.
    ○ We have agreed to labor standards that will help level the playing field for our workers.
    ○ We have also agreed to a first-of-its-kind Review-and-Termination provision which will ensure that the USMCA, unlike NAFTA, will not become unbalanced and out of date.
    • PROTECTION of COMPETITIVE EDGE:
    ○ Digital Trade
    ○ Intellectual Property
    ○ Services, including Financial
    • ELIMINATION of UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES: Strong new disciplines on
    ○ State-Owned Enterprises
    ○ Currency Manipulation
    ○ Relations with Non-Market Economies, etc.

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  4. Ditch Mitch says:

    Nobody caught that Loco humor. Too busy complaining about crap.

    Liked by 3 people

  5. treehouseron says:

    Wew that was the most savage take down of a reporter yet. He stunned her.

    Liked by 8 people

  6. Tl Howard says:

    I had to change the channel when the Kav questions were allowed. I don’t think he should have given the witches the satisfaction of ruining the day’s news on trade.

    I was also protecting my blood pressure.

    I gave in and turned back to FoxBusiness and see the woman in pink and now POTUS animated with red face. The sound is off. Why do I torture myself?
    Can anyone tell me if they think POTUS is doing well with the Kav stuff? I get the feeling they will accuse him of attacking Ford. (volume way down but i can tell he’s attacking Ford.)

    What do you think?

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    • Pam says:

      The press is doing what they do best. I really don’t care personally if they think POTUS is attacking Ford because we all know she’s lying and the voters are fed up with this BS.

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      • yy4u says:

        Obama wore his race as a shield. We couldn’t question his policies because that would be Racist. Ford is doing the same thing. Liberal women wear their sex as a shield. You can’t call them a liar when they clearly are because that would be Sexist. Of course, THEY can call a sitting judge a drunkard and sexual pervert and that’s fair. I hope he sues all their behinds off.

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        • mashall says:

          Ad hominem
          Ad hominem, short for argumentum ad hominem, is a fallacious argumentative strategy whereby genuine discussion of the topic at hand is avoided by instead attacking the character, motive, or other attribute of the person making the argument, or persons associated with the argument, rather than attacking the substance of the argument itself.

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    • Ditch Mitch says:

      Protecting your blood pressure is very important. I suggest viewing the pressers from a different perspective.

      When I watch the pressers, especially the PDJT pressers I see it as an opportunity for PDJT or his press people to defend his positions and show how evil/stupid/used the press are. Today I thoroughly enjoyed the way PDJT itch slapped those itches. Guys got it too, think “Da Nang Richard.” Too funny

      Tonight at the rally PDJT will come out and tear all those reporter and dims apart and it will be fun. Only difference there will bias questions as PDJT already has the answers.

      Enjoy the rally, it will be good therapy.

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    • fedback says:

      Trump destroyed the Fake News and the Dems, it was brilliant.
      Called out the Dem senators as the liars and hypocrites they are. Told a few stories….
      He didn’t attack the doctor, Defended Judge Kavanaugh and denounced the treatment of the Judge and his family

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  7. Ditch Mitch says:

    PDJT is on a roll! Tearing the press and the dim Senators new rear holes.

    Liked by 11 people

  8. G3 says:

    Are you sure you want to ask a Kavanaugh question?

    Liked by 4 people

  9. G3 says:

    Kavanaugh made it ‘Political’— what?
    LOL
    Dems won’t vote for no matter what.

    Liked by 3 people

    • G3 says:

      Dems won’t vote for HIM no matter what.

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    • yy4u says:

      I almost put my foot through the TV when that dingat asked if Judge KAvanaugh could be expected to be fair in judging. My Heavens. Where do they get idiots like that? Does she not know RBG, Sotomayor, Kagan and that other doofus can NEVER be counted on to be unbiased in their judging. The “wise Latina” said as much. I wish POTUS had said, “I can’t answer for Judge Kavanaugh, but I expect he will rule judiciously AS HE ALWAYS HAS and not hold a grudge against those who just tried to destroy him as most everyone else here certainly would.”

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  10. treehouseron says:

    “I think my biggest concession would be….. Making the deal!”

    Lighthizer smirks behind him when he says that….

    Liked by 3 people

  11. G3 says:

    Lighthizer looks exhausted.
    Thank you for a job well done.

    Liked by 9 people

  12. INDIA: Swinging in the On Deck Circle for a Trade Deal.

    “President Trump, you have described India as the TARIFF KING.”

    President Trump:
    • India charges us tremendous Tariffs.
    • I’ve spoken to PM Modi and he’s going to REDUCE THEM VERY SUBSTANTIALLY.
    • “He said ‘Nobody ever spoke to me’.”
    • “They called US to make a deal.”

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  13. STEEL & ALUMINUM INDUSTRY COMMITMENT

    • We’ll keep the Steel & Aluminum Tariffs in place
    … Until we can do something else.
    … Like Quotas.

    • We have to preserve these industries for National Defense.

    • They’re building new factories and hiring workers like crazy:
    “I’m not giving that up.”

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  14. Summer says:

    Great presser, loved that “what does it have to do with trade?”
    Also, I am glad he did not go into “credible/ compelling blah blah” crap but instead mentioned inconsistencies in a non-confrontational manner.

    Globalists are going to be unhappy. Can the Congress actually alter things in this trade agreement during the approval process? Can they be lobbied by the Chinese whore Canada to make it less pro-US and more pro-China? That’s my biggest concern.

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  15. thedoc00 says:

    Got love it when a couple of the young media folks help close out the conference with economic questions. The president is setting the stage for end to end single topic news conferences. Networks that play by the rules will get air time to ask tough questions, while those who don’t will be doing the Acosta shuffle shouting their unanswered meaningless questions at the president’s back as he leaves.

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  16. The women asking the Kav questions have so little self-awareness. Today was an historic day for the US – the President is looking out for the economic interests of his fellow Americans and trying to do right by them and the women reporters are totally oblivious to that fact. So many of the questions are “gotcha” questions trying to bait the President into making a gaffe. They’re not concerned with the truth – only with being that reporter who tripped up the ogre so they can advance their career. They are abominations!

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    • yy4u says:

      I am an intelligent woman and I seriously resent the corporate media putting out idiot females to ask questions. Male reporters are no great shakes either, but there seem to be fewer and fewer of them allowed to ask questions. And shut the h311 up about Judge Kavanaugh, will you? Let the FBI do the job you said you wanted them to do.

      And by the way, here’s an idea for the Judge. IF they succeed, he might consider withdrawing his name for the SCOTUS, resigning from the CC and give the following press conference.

      “My good name and reputation have been damaged by the accusations against me, therefore, I am going to spend as long as it takes restoring my name. In order to do that, I will be hiring as may attorneys and private investigators as it takes to get to the truth of who is involved in destroying my name, why they are involved, and once the research is complete, I will be instituting law suits against every person involved in this defamation of character and that includes reporters, journalists, news organizations and members of Congress who knowingly passed false information about me to the general public. Now have a good day.”

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      • yy4u says:

        We need an edit button. I should have written “if they succeed in blocking him from the SCOTUS” — as they have a 50/50 chance of doing given the Repubs have Collins, Flake and Murkowski to contend with.

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        • MelH says:

          The Turtle said Saturday night,” I have the 51 votes I need,” and he said he was starting the lengthy process of Confirmation himself, by reading a script applauding and enumerating everything Kavanaugh has ever done in his past jobs.

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      • daughnworks247 says:

        I really want him to be the Attorney General, God Forbid, if he does not get the votes for SCOTUS.

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      • thedoc00 says:

        To be fair, there were young female and male reporters who asked some pretty good economics related questions, so ask that you do qualify when opening up your comment. Plus, a 2 young female reporters were among the three asking final questions that were economics related. At least give them a mention.

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      • rbrtsmth says:

        I have a black friend who is not a big fan of Trump, but she is an open-minded person in general. She said that she was at home and her husband was watching the Kavanaugh part of the Ford/ Kavanaugh testimony. He made her watch about an hour of it until coverage ended. After the live testimony, they watched the talking head analysts come on to analyze what they had just seen.

        She said it was like they were in another world saying that Kavanaugh was angry, had a temper, whatever. She said it was so blatant that they were trying to sell something that was nothing like what they had just watched. That if all she saw was the news analysis on Kavanaugh she would likely have a very different idea and opinion of Kavanaugh. I guess I would just say that we have had some conversations lately when I’ve laid out the game (narrative building etc.) that the media plays in concert with the Deep State. And she saw it up close for herself. She was laughing at what the news tried to pull on her because it was so blatantly, outright false.

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    • Teagan says:

      CC…the female reporters are an embarrassment to professional women everywhere. They come across as bitchy, hostile and (frankly) quite stupid. If they think this behavior is helping the cause of respect and equality, IMO They are very sadly mistaken.

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  17. Disgusted says:

    Too much hype and not enough detail. Very glad name NAFTA will be eliminated forever. Don’t care about any of the OTHER people in North America other than having them all stay in their own countries and ailing their own problems. If we are being so wonderful here, helping Mexico (our newest best friend), what is expected from THEN now to stop the trains full of people from other countries being allowed to come to Mexican border to crash us? Was that true or not? Those pictures of people piled up on top of train cars never made me feel compassion for any of them. It was outrageous if it really was allowed by Mexican government. Not our friends. But now what? Did they all go back home or are they successfulrly here on welfare and title 8 benefits just cuz they wanted to be here? No agreement with Mexico about all that? Why aren’t we still talking about all that and a wall? Just disappeared? Just get thrilled NOW about all this giddy hype when we have been reading all along the real truth about constant trade and illegals abuse from Mexico and Canada?

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    • Albertus Magnus says:

      Take a chill pill and recognize that dealing with immigration and trade can be dealt with separately. The MAIN thing you should recognize, given your obviously only interested in the immigration issue is that as the WAGES go up in Mexico for their workers…which this agreement REQUIRES, that the economic push on Mexicans to leave for better financial opportunities lessens which will greatly assist in reducing illegal immigration into our country from Mexico. Take some time to think about causes and effects…your mental health and your social skills will GREATLY benefit. We are MAGA here.

      Just saying.

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      • mashall says:

        The MAIN thing you should recognize, given your obviously only interested in the immigration issue is that as the WAGES go up in Mexico for their workers…which this agreement REQUIRES, that the economic push on Mexicans to leave for better financial opportunities lessens which will greatly assist in reducing illegal immigration into our country from Mexico. ”

        I disagree entirely to above^^^^^^^^^^.
        That is the LIE that NAFTA and FTAA was built on.
        The Mexicans/South Americans are owed NOTHING they don’t earn themselves by FIXING their OWN FAILED NACRO STATE.

        That is the LIE that NAFTA and FTAA was built on.

        “We must raise the standard of living for Mexicans/South Americans so that they may buy more of our products.”

        Until it is YOUR WAGES and YOUR JOBS that are given to Mexico/South America.
        Get ready to Compete for your JOB and your WAGES in Spanish and English for half of the pay as the Invasion Continues.

        The Only AMERICA FIRST Solution is STOP the Invasion and DEPORT the Invaders, so they may FIX their own FAILED NARCO STATE.

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        • Somebody says:

          Marshall raising wages in Mexico is part of the requirements of this agreement. If that doesn’t happen they aren’t in compliance, furthermore it binds American auto makers to said wages for Mexicans. This is spelled out, not a wish and prayer like NAFTA.

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          • mashall says:

            Mexico has more millionaires most realize. Forcing higher wages by a percentage will not stop the Illegal Invasion. What’s next, Forcing Mexico to Require Public Education for all K through 12? Mexico is a Rotten shack corrupt House whose Peso Foundation is propped up with US Dollars remitted by Illegals Working in the US.

            https://www.foxnews.com/world/mexico-remittances-nearly-24-8b-in-2015-topping-oil-income

            https://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/remittances-mexico-workers-dollars/2016/05/16/id/729091/

            Forbes: Remittances to Mexico Worth More Than Double Oil Revenue

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            • mashall says:

              Mexico has more millionaires than most realize. The prevailing motive behind all Mexican Government Policy is preventing a Revolution by the “Have Nots” vs. the Millionaires by allowing the border to remain open. US Taxpayer funds support their “Have Nots” and Cartels.

              https://www.breitbart.com/texas/2018/09/28/graphic-2-mexican-cartel-gunmen-killed-near-south-texas-border-lake/

              “Artillery, machine guns. Not a war? Think again. Mexico is a failed third world narco state. It is engulfed in a narco guerilla insurgency. It is a war. It is coming to America. Thanks BB for posting these reports about Mexico. Never and not to be seen in the corrupt PC propaganda corporate U.S. MSM. America faces existential survival.”

              The First Causality of War is…
              The Truth

              “They are fighting for smuggling routes into the United States. To include marijuana, people, cocaine, or any other contraband. There was many more people killed during that several day battle as well as a family of United States Citizens that was shot at on Falcon Lake. Rough estimates of people involved would be 200 to 400 fighters and 60 to 100 vehicles.”

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      • Cheri Lawrence says:

        I agree! Raising the standard of living and middle class for Mexico will curb immigration and solve a lot of the drugs and illegal enterprises crossing the border! When good people are allowed to thrive it changes everything!!

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      • mashall says:

        NAFTA gave Mexico Factories and Jobs and Billions of US Tax Dollars and is a proven failure.

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      • John says:

        Albertus that was the original argument for NAFTA in the first place. Illegal immigration is the bed rock of everything else the President does. Build the wall now so Mexico has to focus on their own people.

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    • yy4u says:

      Good parasites know not to kill the host. The people spilling across the Southern border are slowly killing the host. Hopefully the host (us) will get a transfusion soon. All we can do is support President Trump. And that means VOTE ON NOV 6 as if your country depends on it. IT DOES.

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  18. magatrump says:

    President Trump is awesome. Great Winning with new trade deal. Great defense of our wonderful country. Great defense of Kavenaugh! God bless President Trump!!!!

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  19. Dora says:

    Watching a Trump press conference is getting to be as much fun as watching a Trump rally. 🙂

    Liked by 6 people

  20. andyocoregon says:

    I really enjoyed it when President Trump expounded on Sen Blumenthal’s lies about his military record. “DaNang Blumenthal”. LOL!

    Liked by 8 people

    • andyocoregon says:

      Going back on the video, he actually called him “DaNang Richard”. It would have been great had he called him “DaNang Dick”. It would have been more accurate and defining.

      Liked by 1 person

    • MelH says:

      Blumenthal graphically describes the word EVIL. Do you know if he is the same Blumenthal who Hillary used as her advisor AFTER Obama refused her desire to hire him? Many Blumenthal e-mails were among the ones given to WikiLeaks, but maybe there is some opther blumenthal than the Senator at the Ford Hearing.

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    • jmclever says:

      I can probably guess what happened. POTUS Trump sat down at the tab le, folded his arms across his chest and very calmly said, “You have one of two options: take it or leave it.” Chrystia started insisting on concessions “for Canadian workers, ” and Ambassador Bolton, who was standing just behind POTUS, rolled his eyes as POTUS got up to leave.the room. Finally, with a flourish that only a speech and drama teacher could muster, Justin pulled himself to his full height and stepped between Chrystia and “The Tyrant” and declared in his manliest voice, “I’ll save you, Nell!” Then he signed the agreement.

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  22. Targysan says:

    Wow, sure is funny how justin from Ottawa and princess sparkle sausage “won” that trade agreement.

    #MAGA
    #SARC

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  23. RobInPA says:

    Promises made! Promises kept!!

    And what do the libturds have to offer the country to counter VSG PDJT?

    A porn star and a nutty professor!

    Not tired of winning!!

    Liked by 5 people

    • TarsTarkas says:

      And higher taxes. And Political Correctness run amok. And a multiplicity of pronouns. And if you don’t like their program, you’re a phobe or a ist or maybe even the head of the NSDAP!

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  24. wildsailor2018 says:

    So I just saw a retweet from Donald Trump Jr. about China backing off on their tariffs? Their manufacturing is in a tailspin and this may indicate the end of the press’ trade war banter. Anyone actually have any details about this? Sundance is probably busy putting it all together for us as I type this…

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  25. Sandra-VA says:

    Since Cavuto and the stand in for Trish Regan went all negative on the USMC/A the stock market is ticking down…

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE? They HATE President Trump so much they cannot see the good things he is doing.

    I am sick of these anti-American people.

    Changed the channel on Cavuto and now on this dumb blond sitting in for Trish.

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    • MAJA says:

      On Bloomberg a woman just saud the only change in the new agreement is the name and PDJT is announcing this to get the news off Kavanaugh. Smarmy woman.

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      • I was at an event with a democrat fundraiser over the weekend. He said that Bloomberg is running in 2020 and is putting up 100 million of his own money. I would ignore any news from them. (I’m sure the fact that we were negotiating with Canada for months and months already set off your BS detector.)

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        • rbrtsmth says:

          Flush that money down the toilet. People think they want to run against Trump. He’ll kill them on his performance. Trump will then savage their corpse as he gets as personal as he needs to to point out their failings.

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    • SR says:

      Cavuto is CoC pimp and Trish Regan thinks she is smarter than everyone. Keep her mute and focus on her legs is a better deal. All these fake msm folks are working hard to get into elite coastal circle.

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  26. scslayer says:

    Geez, I was kind of hoping they would keep playing their game.

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  27. bulwarker says:

    We all know when you subsidize something you get more of it. During the year+ long NAFTA renegotiation with Canada we heard little, if anything, about dairy. Today it seems to be the most touted policy change. Why? This seems like a bailout for Big Agriculture, and I hope we didn’t “trade” too much away to give them better access to the Canadian diary market so they can sell off the massive surplus they created with taxpayer money.

    https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/dairy-subsidies-government-farm-programs-surplus-cheese/

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  28. Cooper45 says:

    Here is the spin on the new deal via Justin’s CBC.

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/usmca-nafta-trade-deal-1.4845219

    Before this report the initial spin was Mexico folded on many things (ie Dispute Resolution etc) but Canada stood strong and made a deal that was good for Canada and won many concessions from the USA.

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    • Concerned Virginian says:

      Ha, ha: from 2PM FoxNews Radio report: M. Trudeau fils (M. Striped Socks) did just what I thought he’d do: tries to spin the new agreement as a “win for Canada”. And on top of it he promised that Canadian dairy farmers “would be repaid” for any income loss they may have. Wonder where he’ll get the money—maybe taking from people who need surgeries in the Canadian Health System?

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  29. Cooper45 says:

    “Buried behind the cows and cars: key changes in NAFTA 2.0”

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/nafta-usmca-key-changes-1.4845239

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  30. robins111 says:

    The right in Canada are wetting themselves with laughter. Justy and Foreign Affairs Chubby Barbie scuttled down to Washington like hungry puppies when the knew that Mexico was finalizing a deal. Not a damn thing that Freeland was demanding ended up in the agreement. The Enviro-loons in Canada are already bawling because there is no mention of ‘climate change, global warming, and the only 1 word mention of carbon, states the tree’s will look after it’. It’s an epic win for Trump and for Canada, but the media and the lefties up here are muttering and sniveling about it all ready. LMAO

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    • Cooper45 says:

      This is one provision that sundance will be most interested in:

      “Free trade with China? Not so fast”
      “Among the exceptions near the end of the USMCA is language that may restrict Canada’s ability to negotiate a trade deal with a “non-market” country — which, in today’s context, could be interpreted as “China.” (The agreement makes “non-market economy” a self-defining term, and the American view that China is not a market economy is well-known.)”

      “Three months before starting negotiations with a non-market country, the other USMCA partners must be officially informed, and “as much information as possible” must be provided about the objectives of the negotiation.”

      “Before signing a new agreement, the other parties in the USMCA must be given an opportunity to review it and assess its impact on them, and to decide whether amendments are required to address concerns. Failure to do so would terminate the North American deal.”

      “This appears to require that Canada consult with the U.S. in advance of any free trade talks with China.”

      From “Buried behind the cows and cars: key changes in NAFTA 2.0” above.

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      • Cooper45 says:

        It’s incredible that Canada agreed to this deal when the steel and aluminum tariffs remain in place until a separate negotiating deal is arranged to remove them. ie Chinese steel imports to Canada need to be addressed before tariffs are removed.

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      • Running Fast says:

        These details will become widely known by the people despite the MSM. WWG1WGA

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      • Dirk says:

        Forget China, Vietnam is also still declared a non-market economy iirc. That would mean that Canada and Mexico’s deal with Vietnam through the CPTPP could become an issue. Trump can now try to blow up the CPTPP.

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  31. Summer says:

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  32. tsmifjones says:

    What is this woman Chrystia wearing…. was she late, or is she 19.

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  33. Mike diamond says:

    Justin knows he needs to get on the fast moving Trump Train or get left behind!!

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  34. jmclever says:

    side letters means POTUS walked Justin to the ledge and showed him what the economic abyss looked .like and then mercifully put up a fence to keep him from going over it. Will Trudeau respect the economic guard rails installed by team Trump, or will he insist on duplicity, use the side letters to attempt to undermine the spirit of the USMCA, and do a “Thelma and Louise” with Chrystia?

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  35. Doug Amos says:

    U S only country that gained in the deal; other 2 left to their own means. The opportunity is there for all as President Trump keeps repeating; carpe diem. In an under-reported item, a Canadian think tank found that China was indeed guilty of dumping and not just in Canada.

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  36. jeans2nd says:

    USMCA – United States Marine Corps Association. Excellent, excellent, most excellent. oorah
    lolol

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