Donald Trump agrees not to pull out of Nafta ‘at this time’ in phone call with Mexican and Canadian leaders 

27 Apr

Donald Trump has told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement “at this time” after reports that the US president had drawn up an executive order to withdraw from the pact.

The White House made the surprise announcement in a read-out of calls on Wednesday with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Describing the conversations as “pleasant and productive”, the statement said: “President Trump agreed not to terminate Nafta at this time and the leaders agreed to proceed swiftly … to enable the renegotiation of the Nafta deal to the benefit of all three countries”.

“It is my privilege to bring Nafta up to date through renegotiation,” Mr Trump said.

The Mexican government confirmed the conversation in a statement issued late on Wednesday.

“The leaders agreed on the convenience of maintaining the North American Free Trade Agreement and working together with Canada to carry out a successful renegotiation for the benefit of all three countries,” the statement read.

The announcement came after reports that the president was considering issuing an executive order to pull the United States from the agreement as soon as Mr Trump’s 100th day in office on Saturday.

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