On Wednesday, President Donald Trump and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador signed a joint declaration in celebration of the new North American trade deal.
For his first trip outside Mexico since his 2018 election, Lopez Obrador visited Trump to mark the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which formally replaced the Clinton-era North American Free Trade Agreement on July 1.
The declaration stated, “The USMCA reaffirms our shared understanding that North America is a region that generates prosperity for all of its citizens and it strengthens our cooperation in fighting corruption through the strongest disciplines on corruption in international trade of any international agreement”.
The two leaders, who have often been critical of each other in the past, praised each other, with Trump saying that the relationship between the two countries is “all very positive.”
“With everything that we have accomplished, the potential for the future of the United States and Mexico is unlimited,” Trump said.
Obrador lauded the USMCA for integrating the three countries, as they will all contribute productive capacity, technology, experience, expertise and labor.
“For instance, Mexico has something which is extremely valuable to make this economic integration effective and to boost this integration — economic and commercial integration — in the region. I’m talking about this very young, creative and responsible labor force,” he said.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was invited to the summit, but did not attend. A spokesperson said scheduling conflicts and coronavirus restrictions interfered with plans to travel to Washington, D.C.
“We want to thank Canada, also,” Trump said. “I spoke with and will be speaking to the prime minister in a little while.”
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