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Mexican negotiator says US trade deal needs work, could be finalized next week

Mexico’s negotiator for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement has said there needs to be more work done, but also said he could see the deal being finalized next week. 

“As the Democrats have directly said a hundred times, we also say. It’s more important to get the right treaty than a quick treaty,” negotiator Jesús Seade said in a video he tweeted out Friday. 

“If the amendments suggested are fine, are acceptable, are improvements, then there’s no reason why we should not be shaking hands next week,” he added.  

Seade said after meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia land that disagreements remain regarding labor standard enforcement, dispute settlements, biologic drugs and environmental regulations, according to Bloomberg News

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He also reportedly said that the agreement could be ratified by the end of the year.

The diplomat also met with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington this week, according to Bloomberg.  

However, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) last week expressed doubt that the treaty could be passed by the end of the year, saying, “I’m not even sure if we came to an agreement today that it would be enough time to finish.”

President Trump had previously accused her of stonewalling the agreement, a signature push by his administration. 

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