>> And I see the carnage that NAFTA has caused.>> President Donald Trump's contempt for the North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA, was a cornerstone of his America First run for the White House. But six months in, the focus no longer on exiting NAFTA, but on renegotiating the 23 year old deal with Canada and Mexico.
On Monday, Americans getting their first real glimpse of Trump's NAFTA plan. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer sketching it out in a letter to Congress, saying the administration would strive to eliminate unfair subsidies and market-distorting trade packages in the other two countries. That includes a strong focus on labor standards.
Lighthizer saying NAFTA should ensure freedom of association, as well as the freedom to collectively bargain. David Lauder is on the story.>> This is been one of the problems that has been blamed for why factories have been migrating to Mexico is because of the low labor standards. Which have caused wages to really be far below those of the United States.
>> But Trump's White House facing a tall task, having pledged to bring back thousands of American factory jobs he said were lost due to NAFTA.>> It's gonna be very difficult for changes in NAFTA to bring back factories that have been lost. And I think there'll be some disappointment there.
A Mexican auto worker makes $2 to $6 an hour, whereas in the United States, they make up to $28, $29 an hour. That's not gonna change overnight.>> Trump needing to ensure his tough stand doesn't push Mexico into the arms of other nations for imports like corn and wheat.
It's all shaping up as a major test of whether Trump can put his vaunted deal-making skills to work in the White House.