Days after President Trump touted trade negotiations with Mexico – White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Kevin Hassett said on Monday negotiators from the U.S. and Mexico are “very, very close” to a deal on the North American Free Trade Agreement.
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“The team has been working overtime, late nights, going through what I would almost characterize as the final details,” he told “Mornings with Maria.”
While Hassett stayed tight-lipped on details, Trump tweeted on Friday that a deal with the U.S.’ third-largest trading partner – after China and Canada – is “coming along nicely” and any deal must take care of autoworkers and farmers.
“You should stay tuned because right now it’s closer than it’s been since I’ve been here,” Hassett, a former resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute who was appointed as Trump’s chief economist in early 2017, added.
Hassett also emphasized that a deal reached with Mexico would be “good news for a deal with Canada.”
“I think the hope is the Mexican deal becomes a model for what Canada accepts with us as well,” he said.