Thursday, March 23, 2017
Mexico Is Willing to Pull Away From NAFTA Negotiations that Involves Canada and the U.S.
Summary: Mexico is having an issue with NAFTA negotiation. NAFTA is the North American Free Trade Agreement. Foreign Minister, Luis Videgaray, wants to have a peaceful negotiation with the U.S. and Canada, but he believes that Mexico will not benefit with this agreement. He doesn't want to pull out of the agreement, but he says he will come to that solution if it needs to be that way. But, now President Trump believes that only Mexico will benefit from this. Conflict is brewing between the two countries. Wilbur Ross, U.S. Commerce Secretary, advised Trump to negotiate with both countries at different times, but Mexico's Economic Minister, Ildefonso Guajardo, disagrees with the idea because it is not fair. NAFTA is trilateral negotiation that should be negotiated in a trilateral manner. Mexico may or may not pull away, but there is definitely an issue that needs solving.
Connection: This connects with the negotiations that President JFK had to deal with when The Soviet Union created their atomic bomb. JFK found this to be quite threatening and decided to negotiate with the Soviets. They had their disagreements, but they eventually worked things out.
1) Do you believe that Mexico will pull away from NAFTA negotiations involving Canada and France?
2) If you were any part of this agreement as a U.S. official, what would you advise President Trump to do?
3) If Mexico were to pull away, what impact will it have on the U.S.?