A string of calming comments from U.S. President Donald Trump about NAFTA has proponents of the agreement breathing some relief that his trigger finger is far from the button that would blow up the deal.
He made about a half-dozen of them to The Wall Street Journal.
A transcript of the interview shows Trump saying of the negotiations: “We’re moving along nicely,” “There’s no rush,” “I’m leaving it a little flexible,” “We have a chance of making a reasonable deal,” “We’ve made a lot of headway.”
He said the benefits of a new NAFTA would pay for his proposed border wall with Mexico, while expressing understanding that it’s tough for Mexico to negotiate during its election.
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