The president told an interview with The Economist that he intends to proceed quickly after Lighthizer’s confirmation: Trump intends to file a 90-day notice with Congress, work with it on negotiating priorities, and start talks with Canada and Mexico later this year.
“The clock starts ticking [with Lighthizer’s confirmation],” Trump told the magazine, before the vote. The administration has begun signalling that it wants significant changes in a range of areas, including dairy, lumber, automobiles, pharmaceuticals and the dispute-resolution system.
Trump interjected when an interviewer suggested it sounds like he wants a big renegotiation.
“Big isn’t a good enough word,” the president replied.
But that desire for a “massive” renegotiation is butting up against the mundane realities of the political calendar. The U.S. and Mexico have both expressed a desire to get a deal by early next year, before the Mexican election. Few observers believe a substantive renegotiation is possible within a few months. Click here to read more.
- Transcript: Interview with Donald Trump (The Economist)
- Trump Can’t Stop Saying Things That Aren’t True (Washington Post)