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A New NAFTA Deal Doesn't Seem Close, Despite Deadline

Politico, the Washington-based website for political news, noted that House Speaker Paul Ryan said the Trump administration has until May 17 to submit a final NAFTA deal if it wants lawmakers to vote on the revised agreement this year.

"To be honest, we are down to a point where there is a good deal on the table", Trudeau told the Economic Club of NY, saying top Canadian officials were in Washington for talks on how to advance the negotiations.

Neither the Mexican minister, Ildefonso Guajardo, nor Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland had plans to travel to Washington on Wednesday, their representatives said. In fact, speaking in NY today, Canada's Trudeau, who is feeling positive about NAFTA, said that it has been incredibly positive for all 3 nations and that there is good NAFTA deal on the table. But recent USA tariffs on steel and aluminum complicated the already-cold negotiations.

The "skinny NAFTA", Ujczo says, would fall in line with the "do no harm" pleas by US agriculture, but he says not addressing key issues gives Democrats an advantage to say President Trump "did not fulfill his campaign promises to dairy farmers", and others.

Mexico's economy minister said a deal could be reached later this month, but left hope negotiations could still take place after the country's presidential election July 1.

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"Any renegotiated NAFTA that implies losses of existing Mexican jobs is unacceptable", Guajardo said in a tweet.

Republican House leader Paul Ryan noted if NAFTA talks don't produce a new deal soon, it may not get approved until 2019. Yet those talks have stalled over differences between the USA and Mexico.

Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro of CT on Wednesday urged negotiators to continue their talks, saying Ryan's deadline is arbitrary.

He added: "My guess is there is probably some wiggle room at the ITC for what it takes for their part of the process but not an indefinite amount and that means time is really of the essence".

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