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>> There are many, many ways that this deal helps American workers and American consumers.>> The Trump administration on Tuesday, touting a tentative trade deal reached between the US and Mexico.>> We're gonna call it the United States Mexico Trade Agreement.>> Calling it a major step toward the President's promised overhaul of the North America Free Trade Agreement.
But NAFTA was a three-way deal, and among the many unknowns in the outline unveiled Monday is the question, what about Canada? .>> The president's objective is to have deals with Mexico, and have a deal with Canada. And if we can do it as one deal, we'll do it as one deal, if we do it in two deals, we'll do it in two deals.
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland raced to Washington Tuesday to meet with US trade negotiators. But Mexico and the US appear to have agreed to several provisions that Canada oppose,s and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada would only sign a new agreement that was good for the country.>> As you know, I spoke with both the Mexican president and the American president over the past couple of days, and our team is right now in Washington digging into the progress made, and looking into what the next steps are.
>> But Canada may have help from members of Trump's own party. Several Republican senators have said they will oppose any new trade deal that leaves Canada out. Some lawmakers say changing NAFTA from a three way deal to a bilateral agreement between the U.S. and Mexico goes beyond the President's authority granted by Congress.
The White House wants the grade deal approved by Congress before the Mexican president leaves office on December first. And if talks with Canada aren't wrapped up by Friday, Trump plans to notify Congress that he intends to sign a deal with Mexico, which Canada could later join. But the White House has so far missed every self-imposed deadline to overhaul the treaty.