Trump’s Commerce Pick Says Renegotiating NAFTA Will Be A Priority

Wilbur Ross, Donald Trump’s selection to lead the Commerce Department, on Wednesday evening indicated that the Trump administration will make renegotiating NAFTA a priority.

“We’re working out the fine-point details, but NAFTA is logical starting point,” Ross told CNN when asked about his priorities.

Trump made trade one of his biggest issues on the campaign trail, and a draft memo from Trump’s transition team obtained by CNN in November shows that the President-elect may start the process to renegotiate or withdraw from NAFTA within the first 100 days.

Ross, who has known Trump for a while, told CNN on Wednesday that Trump is a great negotiator.

“I’ve negotiated with him over the years and he is not a bluffer. So if he says he will do something in a negotiation, not– I’m not talking about a campaign speech, in an actual negotiation, if he says, ‘If you don’t do this, I’ll do that,’ you bet your booty he will do it,” Ross said.

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