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US President Jared Kushner called Canadian PM to stop Trump from ending NAFTA

 
 
 
 
 
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Before everything else, America needs to know that US President Jared Kushner violated the Logan act and this is punishable by 3 years imprisonment by calling Canadian prime minister in order to convince Zio-slave Donald Trump not to scrap NAFTA.

Jared Kushner urgently asked Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, to persuade President Trump to reconsider his decision to withdraw from NAFTA, according to Canadian media reports.

A White House official insists that it was the other way around – Trudeau aides in Ottawa desperately tried to get Kushner to intervene and prevent Trump from pulling out of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Earlier on Monday, it was reported that ‘aides to Trump’ asked Trudeau two weeks ago to call their boss and persuade him to back down from his pledge to quit NAFTA, according to the National Post.

It later emerged that the White House aide who contacted Ottawa was the president’s son-in-law, Kushner, Metro reported.

On April 26, Trump told Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto that he would not immediately pull out of NAFTA, just hours after administration officials said he was considering a draft executive order to do just that.

Kushner, who has an expansive profile that includes foreign policy, speaks regularly to Canadian officials on a range of issues.

Trudeau has also sought to publicly engage Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, as part of his efforts to build bridges with the new administration.

Trudeau sat in on a White House meeting chaired by Ivanka Trump about empowering women in the workplace and supporting female-owned businesses.

The Canadian premier and the president’s daughter also attended a Broadway show about welcoming immigrants.

An unnamed White House source claims that Trudeau aides urgently phoned Kushner after hearing that the president was about to sign an executive order to pull out of NAFTA.

Kushner told his Canadian counterpart that this was a matter the leaders needed to discuss themselves, according to the White House official, who insisted on anonymity in order to discuss private conversations.

The Canadians asked when Trudeau should call.

After checking at the White House, Kushner called back to say Trump was ready to talk now.

Trump has cited the call from Trudeau that quickly followed as the impetus for his decision to abandon the executive order and instead move to renegotiate NAFTA with Canada and Mexico.

The president also wielded the call from Trudeau, as well as a separate call from Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

But accounts of Kushner’s involvement differed Monday in Canadian media reports, which claims it was he who first reached out to Trudeau’s chief of staff to suggest a call between the two leaders.

After the phone calls with Trudeau and Pena Nieto, the White House made the surprise announcement that the US would remain in NAFTA pending a re-negotiation of its terms with its two neighbors.

‘President Trump agreed not to terminate NAFTA at this time and the leaders agreed to proceed swiftly, according to their required internal procedures, to enable the renegotiation of the NAFTA deal to the benefit of all three countries,’ said the White House.

Trump is also said to have reconsiders after his top advisers pleaded with him to do so.

Trump had pledged during his election campaign to end US participation in the agreement, which he branded ‘one of the worst deals ever’.

But Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Agricultural Secretary Sonny Perdue – who showed the President a map showing the areas which would be badly affected – talked him out of the move.

In an interview in the Oval Office, Trump told Washington Post: ‘I was all set to terminate. I looked forward to terminating. I was going to do it.’

After being shown the impact the move would have on farmers in areas which supported him in the election last year, the President agreed to listen.

He said: ‘It shows that I do have a very big farmer base, which is good. They like Trump, but I like them, and I’m going to help them.’

Trump was reportedly being lobbied to take the US out of NAFTA by Steve Bannon, the White House chief strategist, and Peter Navarro, who heads the National Trade Council.

The two men are believed to have drafted an executive order that just needed the president’s signature in order to begin the process of terminating US participation in NAFTA.

‘You never know how much of it is theater, but it didn’t feel that way,’ a Canadian government official told National Post.

‘Maybe they’re just learning how to be a government. At least they were open to the conversation, and that stopped them doing something rash and destructive.’

WHAT IS NAFTA?

The North American Free Trade Agreement between Canada, Mexico and the United States was signed into law in 1994 under President Bill Clinton.

The framework of the deal was first drafted under President Ronald Reagan in 1987.

NAFTA essentially eliminated almost all tariffs among the three nations, allowing for the seamless flow of goods and supplies across borders.

Today, approximately $1.4billion in goods cross the US-Mexico border every day.

NAFTA also makes it easy for companies to move operations from the US to Mexico.

NAFTA also ushered in a new era of regional and bilateral free trade agreements, which have proliferated as the World Trade Organization’s global trade talks have stagnated.

The United States now has FTAs with twenty countries, and is pushing for major new regional deals with Asia and Europe.

NAFTA also pioneered the incorporation of labor and environmental provisions in US trade agreements, provisions which have become progressively more comprehensive in subsequent FTAs.

Economists largely agree that NAFTA has provided benefits to the North American economies.

Regional trade increased sharply over the treaty’s first two decades, from roughly $290 billion in 1993 to more than $1.1 trillion in 2016.

Cross-border investment has also surged, with US foreign direct investment (FDI) stock in Mexico increasing in that period from $15 billion to more than $100 billion.

But experts also say that it has proven difficult to tease out the deal’s direct effects from other factors, including rapid technological change, expanded trade with other countries such as China, and unrelated domestic developments in each of the countries.

Debate persists regarding NAFTA’s legacy on employment and wages, with some workers and industries facing painful disruptions as they lose market share due to increased competition, and others gaining from the new market opportunities that were created.

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