Kansas congressman Ron Estes said Monday's news of a new trade agreement between the U.S. and Mexico is "great news for Kansas farmers and manufacturers." Estes said trade with Mexico through the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been beneficial, but it was outdated and needed to be modernized. He said the agreement announced Monday is a major breakthrough and includes an agreement by Mexico to purchase more farm products from the U.S. Estes said he will work to make sure Kansas products are included in the deal.
Kansas senator Pat Roberts called the agreement a critical step in the right direction. He said the value of U.S. agricultural exports to Mexico has increased by 305 percent since NAFTA was created. He said he's eager to learn more details of the Mexico agreement and he's hopeful the Trump administration will move quickly on securing a beneficial trade deal with Canada in the coming days.
President Trump said he wants to terminate NAFTA and call its replacement the United States-Mexico Trade Agreement. He said he would be calling Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau and he said there could be a separate deal with Canada or it could be included in the agreement with Mexico.