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U.S. trade chief says he is not focused on ending NAFTA
October 17, 2017 / 8:53 PM / a month ago

U.S. trade chief says he is not focused on ending NAFTA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Tuesday he is not focused on terminating the North American Free Trade Agreement and is only trying to negotiate an update that “rebalances” the pact to reduce U.S. trade deficits.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland talks to U.S. Trade Rep Robert Lighthizer and Mexican Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal (L) after a NAFTA trilateral ministerial press event in Washington, U.S., October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

“We don’t really have a plan beyond trying to get a good agreement,” Lighthizer told reporters after the fourth round of NAFTA modernization talks wrapped up. “If we end up not having an agreement, my guess is all three countries would do just fine. We have a lot of trade, a lot of reasons to trade.”

Reporting by David Lawder; editing by Grant McCool

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