President Donald Trump met the leaders of Canada and Mexico at a global meeting in Argentina on Friday to sign a revised North American trade pact, which he described as "groundbreaking" and an advantage for "working people".
The US The Mexico-Canada Agreement is intended to replace the 24-year North American Free Trade Agreement that Trump has long vilified as a "disaster."
He joined with the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the outgoing Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in the group of 20 nations in Buenos Aires for the signing ceremony. The legislation of each country must also agree with the agreement.
"It was long and hard, we took a lot of barbs and a little bit of abuse, but we got there," Trump said of the pact.
Legislator approval The next step in the process, however, may prove to be a daunting task in the United States, especially now that the Democrats ̵
While Trump welcomed the revised trade pact, Trudeau was more moderate, said that there was still work to do and asked Trump – by his first name – to strike down the steel and aluminum tariffs the US imposed on Canada and Mexico. Trudeau described the recent downsizing of General Motors in North America as a "heavy blow". Trump did not mention the job losses.
The signing was at the head of two days of tough diplomacy for Trump. At the top of the agenda is a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday. which will decide whether the two can escalate. Before Trump arrived in Argentina, he added drama to the drama by canceling another high-level meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
On Friday, Trump opened the day with a warm welcome at Casa Rosada with Argentine President Mauricio Macri. a long-term business acquaintance. Trump posed for photos in gilded Salón Blanco and talked about his long-term personal relationship, saying they talked about trade, military purchases, and other issues.
"We have known each other for a long time," said Trump, noting that he had worked with Macri's father on real estate developments. The businessman, who became a politician, joked that he would never have imagined his future roles on the world stage when he first met Macri.
Macri hosts the summit as he struggles with problems at home. He tries to stop the economic turmoil that has led to a sharp devaluation of the Argentine peso.
Trump, who arrived in Buenos Aires late Thursday, entered the two-day meeting by announcing via Twitter that he would cancel a scheduled meeting with Putin over the Russian occupation of Ukrainian ships. His agenda for the weekend includes meetings with world leaders and a series of highly choreographed group activities to meet senior and rich leaders.