Trump gives remarks on US-Mexico-Canada deal

By Meg Wagner and Brian Ries, CNN
3:45 p.m. ET, October 1, 2018
11:28 a.m. ET, October 1, 2018

Trump: We're replacing NAFTA, which was "perhaps the worst trade deal ever made"

President Trump, speaking from the Rose Garden just announced the new United States Mexico Canada Agreement, which will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.

"It’s my great honor to announce that we have successfully completed negotiations on a brand new deal to terminate and replace NAFTA," Trump said. “I have long contended that NAFTA was perhaps the worst trade deal ever made.”

The new agreement will be known as USMCA.

"USMCA: Has a good ring to it," Trump said.

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11:20 a.m. ET, October 1, 2018

NOW: President Trump speaks from the Rose Garden

President Trump just arrived at the White House Rose Garden, where he's expected to speak about the United States Mexico Canada Agreement.

How we got here: Canada agreed late Sunday to sign on to a trade deal between the United States and Mexico, revamping the three-country North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) after more than a year of tortuous negotiations.

Just hours before a midnight deadline, the US and Canadian governments agreed to a deal that would allow US farmers greater access to Canada's dairy market and address concerns about potential US auto tariffs, officials from both countries said.

11:09 a.m. ET, October 1, 2018

Ford Motor Company: We're "very encouraged" by this new agreement

From CNN’s Christine Romans 

Auto giant Ford Motor Company applauded the revised NAFTA deal saying, the deal will help “drive volume and support manufacturing jobs.” 

In a statement, Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president and president of Global Operations, said that Ford stands “ready to be a collaborative partner to ensure this agreement is ratified in all three markets.”

Here's the full statement:

Ford is very encouraged by today’s announcement, and we applaud all three governments for working together to achieve free and fair trade in a strong regional agreement. We stand ready to be a collaborative partner to ensure this agreement is ratified in all three markets because it will support an integrated, globally competitive automotive business in North America. The benefits of scale and global reach will help to drive volume and support manufacturing jobs.”

 

10:55 a.m. ET, October 1, 2018

Trump spoke to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today

From CNN's Abby Phillip & Betsy Klein 

Larry Kudlow, Trump's top economic adviser, told reporters at the White House that the President had a “great phone call” with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this morning.

Trump will also talk to Mexican President Peña Nieto and president-elect today (Kudlow said that the calls may have already happened as he was talking to reporters).

Asked if the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. trade deal could pass, Kudlow said, “Let’s wait and see,” but pointed to provisions in the deal that will be helpful to labor unions.  

“You may be surprised,” he said. 

  

9:56 a.m. ET, October 1, 2018

White House announces 11 a.m. ET Rose Garden remarks

9:29 a.m. ET, October 1, 2018

US and Canada reach deal on NAFTA after talks go down to the wire

From CNN's Jeremy Diamond, Kevin Liptak, Paula Newton and Donna Borak

Canada agreed late Sunday to sign on to a trade deal between the United States and Mexico, revamping the three-country North American Free Trade Agreement after more than a year of tortuous negotiations.

Just hours before a midnight deadline, the US and Canadian governments agreed to a deal that would allow US farmers greater access to Canada's dairy market and address concerns about potential US auto tariffs, officials from both countries said.

The agreement with Canada and Mexico — two of the United States' biggest trading partners — fulfills President Donald Trump's campaign pledge to renegotiate NAFTA and avoids his threat to exclude Canada if the talks failed.

The new deal has a new name: the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.