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BUENOS AIRES – President Donald Trump said late on Saturday he will formally terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement soon, a move aimed at pushing Congress to approve a new deal he signed under G- 20 summit.
“I will finish it in a relatively short time,” Trump told reporters aboard the Air Force One when he flew back to Washington after a two-day meeting in Argentina with the leaders of other major world economies. “We will get rid of NAFTA. It has been a disaster for the United States.”
Trump signed a new deal this Friday with Mexico’s president and Canada’s prime minister by implementing a campaign promise he made to renegotiate it long controversial NAFTA agreement. Congress six months to accept the new agreement or return to trade rules before NAFTA.
The decision was intended to send a message to the Democrats who will take control of the House of Representatives in January. Many have expressed skepticism about the new trade agreement negotiated by Trump.
The president, who quoted President HW Bush’s death day last Friday, broke off a planned press conference in Buenos Aires, also told reporters that he was likely to sign a short-term agreement to keep the government open over a deadline Friday.
Work in Congress is likely to be canceled too much this week for Bush’s funeral.
“If (legislators), as they have, to speak one about an extension due to President Bush’s transition, I would definitely consider it and probably give it, said Trump.
The president also said that his administration still Trump said he expected the meeting to take place early next year, possibly in January or February.
Asked if he would ever host Kim in the United States, Trump said. : “At any time, yes.”
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