Lighthizer says NAFTA countries are 'nowhere' near reaching a deal

18 May, 2018, 13:51 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • NAFTA Flags

Until last Friday, Mexican officials thought they had come to a compromise with their American counterparts on a key part of Nafta as they neared agreement on rules that would raise the share of an automobile's content that has to be made in the region to qualify for zero tariffs, and rules governing the minimum wages of those working on autos, according to a Mexican government official with knowledge of the talks. Even if the auto issues were to be resolved, negotiators would then have to address a variety of other matters on which there remain big disagreements.

"The NAFTA countries are nowhere near close to a deal...."

Speaking Thursday, Ryan indicated if the U.S., Mexico and Canada could reach an agreement soon, meaning Congress could still take it up this year.

The Mexican peso and Canadian dollar weakened following Lighthizer's comments. There's no date for him to meet with Lighthizer and Freeland, Guajardo said. The current frontrunner in Mexico's July 1 presidential election, left-leaning Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has pledged to stamp his own imprint on the deal, promising to appoint a new trade negotiator to this end if elected. Any country can quit on six months' notice; none of the parties has given that notice.

Sports Betting Has Green Light, but Poll Suggests Apprehension
Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey , Mississippi and West Virginia all have passed laws that could legalize sports gambling . Some catch a couple European soccer games on the Jumbotron, placing bets in an app with the swipe of a finger.

"There are gaping differences on intellectual property, agricultural market access, de minimis levels, energy, labor, rules of origin, geographical indications, and much more", U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Thursday in a statement e-mailed by his press office. "This isn't my arbitrary deadline". House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady says "we're hopeful they'll continue to make progress on this agreement". Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland's spokesman called the deadline a USA issue.

The NAFTA renegotiations are expected to now enter a period of prolonged delay because of the Mexican presidential election in July and the USA congressional midterm elections in November.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani says Federal Bureau of Investigation may have placed spy in Trump campaign Giuliani: There is "nothing illegal about looking for dirt on political opponents" Giuliani: If Mueller subpoenas us, we will challenge it MORE has called NAFTA a disaster that needed a total overhaul so it would provide more benefits to the United States. She told reporters Wednesday that May 17 was an "arbitrary" date and that the real deadline for a 2018 vote was "probably around mid-June". MacNaughton said Canadian and Mexican officials plan to hold discussions in Washington, without saying when. "Mexico and Canada clearly have a desire to modernize Nafta, and it's unclear if the USA has a desire to modernize Nafta on Speaker Ryan's timeline".


  • Check out the first trailer for Whitney Houston documentary

    Check out the first trailer for Whitney Houston documentary

    Houston , who had a daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, with Bobby Brown , is said to have insisted on taking Bobbi on tour with her. And I thought that was interesting. "There was something preventing her, in some way, from expressing her real self".
    Colchester Harbour Marina awarded Blue Flag

    Colchester Harbour Marina awarded Blue Flag

    Keep Britain Tidy's Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: "Blue Flag leads the fightback for the Blue Planet". Parents told a survey they were put off by litter-strewn beaches and pollution in the sea.
    US Senate votes to restore net neutrality

    US Senate votes to restore net neutrality

    Still, Democrats are already using their messaging in campaign material. The repeal is scheduled to take effect June 11 .
  • Florida man dies after vape pen explodes, sends projectiles into his head

    Florida man dies after vape pen explodes, sends projectiles into his head

    Nearly 80 percent of Tallmadge's body had thermal damaged, the most affected parts being his head, chest, and back. Protect your vape from extreme temperatures by not leaving it in direct sunlight or in a freezing auto overnight.
    Man shoots ex-wife's 3 children, her boyfriend dead

    Man shoots ex-wife's 3 children, her boyfriend dead

    The gunman also shot his ex-wife, Amanda Simpson, who was hospitalized and in critical condition Wednesday evening, Hinojosa said. The Ponder Independent School District said it was placed on "heightened alert", but the area was later determined to be secure.
    With some regions already under water, BC braces for more flooding

    With some regions already under water, BC braces for more flooding

    On Friday the water started to recede and an evacuation order for 54 homes was lifted in the afternoon. Many Grand Forks residents have registered with the Red Cross upon evacuation.
  • Stan Lee sues entertainment company

    Stan Lee sues entertainment company

    Camsing then gained exclusive rights to the company and POW! Entertainment to have access to his numerous social media accounts. When he had first formed POW!, it was meant to be a mere holding company for his vast property used for comics and animation.
    Celtics fine with Cavs coach Lue's 'goon' comments

    Celtics fine with Cavs coach Lue's 'goon' comments

    The Celtics actually played phenomenal defense in that first quarter, and they made sure to maintain that same kind of pressure. For the third straight series, Boston has taken care of the first two games and now climb to 9-0 at home in the playoffs.
    Fraud-hit lender posts largest ever Indian bank loss

    Fraud-hit lender posts largest ever Indian bank loss

    The charge sheet also named main accused Nirav Modi's uncle Mehul Choksi as "wanted". The agency also named PNB Executive Directors K.V.
  • Kristen Stewart goes barefoot at Cannes

    Kristen Stewart goes barefoot at Cannes

    But before entering the screening of the Spike Lee film, she slipped off her shoes to walk up the stairs. She was apparently not sanctioned for taking off her heels.
    Gianluigi Buffon announces final game for Juventus

    Gianluigi Buffon announces final game for Juventus

    Buffon had planned to end his career at the 2018 World Cup, which would have been his sixth, but Italy failed to qualify. I've seen plenty of them down the years, so all that I ask for is your respect and affection towards me on the day".
    New Music Streaming Service will be Launched this Week — YouTube Music

    New Music Streaming Service will be Launched this Week — YouTube Music

    YouTube Music will be offering a unique experience as it is said to utilise all the info that Google has collected about you. Listeners will be able to enjoy the service for free if they don't mind their music interspersed with advertisements.


Trump presses Germany to drop Russian pipeline
Altmaier has said he is optimistic that a "substantial" amount of gas will flow through Ukraine in the future. In addition, the foreign Ministry explained why the "Nord stream-2" favorable to Germany.

Florida trainer investigated after animals allegedly drowned in school
A 14-second video showed a group of students filling a tub of water using a hose and later keeping a trapped raccoon submerged. It still does make me sick to my stomach", the woman said. "He could have had somebody come and relocate the animals".

Students and Resource Officer Praised After School Shooting Incident
Officials say that Dallas chased the suspect from the school which led to the pair exchanging gunfire. "I feel like Mr. Police have said that they believe Matthew Milby acted alone and there was no threat to anyone in the area anymore.

Real Madrid pay tribute to Griezmann & Co
Europa League victor Atletico Madrid faces UEFA punishment for fans displaying a far-right banner at the final on Wednesday. Who said modern footballing rivalries are dead? He's made me into a better player and one of the best in the world.

IPL 2018: Mumbai Indians win a thriller with Bumrah's heroics
Mitchell McClenaghan kept his nerves to concede 13 and ensure its last game on Sunday in Delhi will not be a mere formality. One down Kishan's stay at the crease was also cut short by Tye, who stuck in his second over.

May insists Britain leaving EU customs union
Boris Johnson and Michael Gove are said to have raised objections to the idea - but were "outgunned" by other ministers and reluctantly accepted defeat.

Emilia Clarke hates the phrase 'strong women'
The actress - who stars as Daenerys Targaryen in the hit HBO fantasy drama - said: "On 'Game of Thrones , ' I have always been paid the same amount as my male co-stars".

Brazil announced 23-men squad list for 2018 FIFA World Cup
Neymar's impressive performance has triggered talks about a potential move to Spain again, this time to the Spanish capital to join Barcelona's arch rivals Real Madrid ahead of next season.

Senate Democrats push to reinstate 'net neutrality' rules
If consumers would prefer better access to other online services, they theoretically could find another internet provider. Senators passed a resolution Wednesday to keep the Obama-era internet protections with a 52-47 vote.

PM Narendra Modi pans TMC government over panchayat poll violence
While BJP has won 49 seats and is leading in 14 seats and CPI (M) has won eight seats and leading in nine seats. Kolkata: The results for the West Bengal panchayat polls will be announced on Thursday.