At the Republican National Convention last night during his presidential nomination acceptance speech, Donald Trump declared that he would renegotiate or scrap the NAFTA trade deal if he is elected – and he also had sharp words about China’s trade practices along with the lingering TransPacific Partnership Agreement. Trump touted “individual deals, with individual countries.”
Trump has described the NAFTA trade deal with Canada and Mexico as a U.S. job killer.
The North American Free Trade Agreement took effect in 1994 during the administration of President Bill Clinton, the husband of Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Trump used last night’s speech to repeat his criticism of Hillary Clinton’s past support of free trade deals.
Clinton no longer supports NAFTA or TPP. During her first White House bid in 2007, she called NAFTA “a mistake.” Clinton once hailed TPP as setting “the gold standard in trade agreements” during her time as Secretary of State in the Obama administration, but has since come out in opposition of TPP during her presidential bid.
Democrats host their national convention in Philadelphia next week.Share