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The United States is pushing for a deal in negotiations on a revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), but Canadian and Mexican officials were not due in Washington for talks before a Thursday deadline.
"President Trump is committed to getting a better agreement with Canada and Mexico," Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said. “We still want to see something happen and we’re going to continue in those conversations. They’re ongoing now and we’re pushing forward and hopeful that we can get something done soon.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan said that Congress would need to be notified of a new deal by Thursday to give lawmakers a chance to approve it before a newly-elected Congress takes over in January. He said Congress cannot begin working on the negotiating law known as “fast track” without a deal in hand.
Press Secretary Sanders did not address the timeline. But she said, “We’ve got to get a deal that works for everybody, but most importantly, this president is going to make sure that we get a deal that works for America. He’s not going to stop until he gets it.”
For President Trump’s goal to keep the best interests of the United States foremost.
For Congress to be able to take up a new agreement as soon as one is reached.