SOT, Donald Trump, President of the United States of America: “Hello? Do you want to put that on this phone, please? Hello? Be helpful.”
SOT, automated telephone voice: “President Trump.”
SOT, Donald Trump, President of the United States of America: “Thank you.”
SOT, Enrique Pena Nieto, President of Mexico via speakerphone (Spanish): “President Trump, how are you? Good morning.”
SOT, Journalist: “With Canada?”
SOT, Donald Trump, President of the United States of America: “They – sorry – we made the deal with Mexico. And I think it’s a very good deal. We’re starting negotiations with Canada pretty much immediately. I can’t tell you where those negotiations are going. It’s going to be – it’s a smaller segment, as you know, Mexico is a very large trading partner, but we’ve now concluded our deal and it’s being finalised.”
US President Donald Trump made an on-camera call with his Mexican counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto in Washington D.C. on Monday, to confirm a new trade deal which will provisionally replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
The live call got off to a bad start, with Trump struggling to connect the line. Once things got underway, the pair took it in turns to congratulate one another on the new deal.
“I like to call this deal the United States-Mexico trade agreement. I think it’s an elegant name,” Trump said. “I think NAFTA has a lot of bad connotations for the United States because it was a rip off. It was a deal that was a horrible deal for our country.”
Both presidents expected Canada to join the agreement shortly. “We have a deal with Canada. It’ll either be a tariff on cars or it’ll be a negotiated deal. And frankly, a tariff on cars is a much easier way to go, but perhaps the other would be much better for Canada,” Trump warned.
The final outcome remains in doubt as Canada, the third country in NAFTA, has not signed off.
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