VP Pence drumming up support for White House’s trade deal with Mexico

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Vice President Mike Pence said trade talks between the US and Canada have made great progress within the last day. 

The Vice President met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to begin drumming up support for the White House’s latest trade deal with Mexico. He says the current North American Free Trade Agreement is about to vanish, and the White House is embracing the outlines of a new deal between the US, Mexico and possibly Canada.

“This new agreement it will ensure zero tariffs on all agricultural products,” said Mr. Pence. “It strengthens the American farm.”
The White House says any new agreement will also be about jobs. It’s hopeful American companies will bring jobs once shipped overseas back to the United States.

“Now we’ve leveled the playing field, we think that’s going to be a great win for American auto workers,” Mr. Pence said.

It is not a done deal yet. Canadian leaders are in Washington this week for trade negotiations. 

Congress also will have to be convinced to sign on. Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer says he has doubts about any new deal.
“I’m a little worried this one is like North Korea,” said Schumer. “They have a nice announcement, then you don’t see the details and who knows what we see afterwards.”

The White House hopes to submit a deal to lawmakers to review within days.

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