Reworking the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) will be a top priority for the U.S. Commerce Department under the Trump administration, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross pledged.
To start with, we will be involved with rebalancing a global trade system that has gutted American manufacturing and left families across America without work and without hope, Ross pledged in brief comments before Commerce employees on March 1 in Washington.
We will play a major role in renegotiating bad trade deals, like Nafta, as the administration seeks to institute a system of both free and fair trade, he stressed. Ross blamed Nafta for the loss of more than a quarter of U.S. manufacturing jobs.
The United States has run massive trade deficits with its Nafta trading partnersCanada and Mexicofor years, according to a leaked copy of the 2017 U.S. national trade policy agenda posted online by the Financial Times. The U.S. combined trade deficit with Canada and Mexico stood at $74 billion in 2016 alone, the document indicated.