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Both being very hard. The trade deal, Trump charged, had caused the loss of U.S.jobs to Mexico and the closure of manufacturing plants in the United States.

The first round of talks for the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement closed in August, with more negotiations right around the corner.

In another development - in May - President Trump launched a 90-day countdown to renegotiating NAFTA. "Mexico will pay for it through reimbursement/other".

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"With Mexico being one of the highest crime nations in the world", he wrote, "we must have THE WALL".

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Mexico has repeatedly said there's no chance of that happening.

Trump has threatened to shut down the government if congressional Republicans fail to include funding for the barrier in a spending bill due by the end of September. "This determination is not part of a Mexican negotiating strategy, but is a principle of sovereignty and national dignity". "They have made such great deals - both of the countries but in particular Mexico - that I don't think we can make a deal".

"A president threatening to dismantle the gateway for many USA manufacturers to the rest of the globe is not a path worth going down", he said. "I am willing to say that we will work it out, but that means it will come out in the wash and that is okay".

Donald Trump on Sunday paused his monitoring of flooding and hurricane recovery in Texas to fire off tweets on familiar bugbears including Nafta and his promised border wall. Trump and other NAFTA critics say the agreement encouraged manufacturers to move south of the border to take advantage of lower-wage Mexican labor.

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