US Vice President expects NAFTA deal within weeks

US Vice President expects NAFTA deal within weeks

"And we are hopeful that we can conclude a successful renegotiation of NAFTA that will result in greater prosperity and more fair and reciprocal trade between Canada, the United States and Mexico".

Vice President Mike Pence told USA allies in Latin America on Saturday that the US -led airstrikes on Syria "degraded and crippled" the country's chemical weapons capability in a series of meetings at an global summit.

Pence attended the Summit when President Trump canceled his visit as he had to craft an official statement and take an action against the Syrian chemical attack.

Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday called United States led airstrikes on Syria a completely accomplished mission while in Peru to renegotiate the NAFTA trade pact.

And while Trump grapples with the ongoing Russian Federation investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, Pence sought to draw a bright line against Vladimir Putin's alliance with Syria following the suspected chemical attack.

"We believe that it has significantly eroded and crippled the ability of the regime to produce chemicals", Pence further claimed despite the fact that the previous U.S. administration was heavily involved in the process of Syria's dismantling of its entire chemical weapons arsenal back in 2014 in the presence of global inspectors.

But much of his focus involved relationships closer to home.




Seeking rapprochement with Mexico, which has been at odds with Trump over the border wall and immigration, Pence said the topic of funding for Trump's long-promised border wall did not come up in his meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

US negotiators discussing changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement also recently floated the idea that 40 percent of automotive production must occur in areas paying wages of between $16 to $19 per hour. The Mexican leader said they will discuss NAFTA and other parts of their relationship involving "cooperation and mutual respect".

This comes two months after an attempt to schedule a meeting in Washington between Pena Nieto and the U.S. president was called off due to Trump's harsh rhetoric regarding NAFTA and immigration.

Hours after Trump hailed the missile strike targeting the Syria's suspected chemical weapons - tweeting, "Mission Accomplished!"

During his meeting with Pence, Pena Nieto urged for the relationship between Mexico and the U.S. to be based on "mutual respect".

Pence said the two countries were close to reaching agreements on issues such as immigration, combating drugs and NAFTA. Pence, meanwhile, tends to be more scripted in his exchanges and frequently glanced down at highlighted index cards as he spoke to Latin American leaders here.

Pence left the summit late Friday so he could confer with USA congressional leaders by telephone from his hotel suite about Trump's plans to announce the missile strikes.

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