The Woodlands' Kevin Brady meets with Trump to renegotiate NAFTA
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump started talks with congressional leaders Thursday to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, consulting with Texas Republican Kevin Brady, chairman of a House panel that will be charged with shaping the contours of a new hemispheric deal with major implications for The Lone Star State.
"We had a very constructive, very thoughtful discussion about the path forward, his desire to update and modernize NAFTA to make it not just free, but fair trade," Brady said after emerging from the White House meeting.
Brady, a Republican from The Woodlands, is a former Chamber of Commerce official and long-time free trade advocate. He said he is ready to work with Trump to fulfill one of the central promises of his presidential campaign, though he suggested a scope of reforms that may fall well short of the "new" deal that Trump said he wants.
"It would seem to me he wants to build upon what works for America in NAFTA, improve what doesn't, and bring forward really the
Trump, in remarks to reporters before the meeting began, suggested more wholesale
The meeting with Republican and Democratic leaders represented the first baby steps in what could be a long process of reopening the landmark 1994 trade deal between Mexico, the U.S.
Photo Caption: President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence greet Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, center, and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah during a meeting with House and Senate legislators in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington.