On the campaign trail, then-candidate Donald Trump routinely blasted the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as the "worst trade deal in the history of the world." However, when Trump said, "I'm going to rip up those trade deals and we're going to make really good ones," many of us heard him as saying I'm going to withdraw from NAFTA, but he was really saying that he was going to renegotiate trade deals such as NAFTA.
It is true that he kept his promise to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by signing an executive action to withdraw from the negotiating process of the TPP on his first day in office, January 23, 2017. However, amid media accounts that Trump was planning to announce a full withdrawal from NAFTA on April 29, the 100th day of his presidency, we learned that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, son-in-law Jared Kushner, and others had persuaded Trump not to go through with withdrawal, but to renegotiate NAFTA instead. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had even called Trump on April 26, asking him to renegotiate rather than withdraw.
On April 27 President Trump announced he had decided to renegotiate NAFTA rather than withdraw. On May 18 U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced that NAFTA negotiations could begin as early as August 16 and could be complete by the end of 2017.
What happened? What led Trump to apparently change his mind at the last minute and embrace renegotiation instead of withdrawal from NAFTA? Although we do not have inside knowledge of the details of why Trump changed his mind, it is pretty easy to understand the generalities of the sudden change of heart.
Many of you can recall that back in 1993 when the NAFTA agreement was being considered by Congress, Henry Kissinger wrote an article for the Los Angeles Times entitled "With NAFTA, U.S. Finally Creates a New World Order." That title alone reveals why we say that NAFTA is not about jobs, but about our freedom and independence. In this article Kissinger referred to NAFTA as "the most creative step toward a new world order taken by any group of countries since the end of the Cold War" and stated further that it "is not a conventional trade agreement, but the architecture of a new international system."
What had happened is that Donald Trump had run smack-dab into one of the internationalist establishment's most important steppingstones toward world government, the North American Union (NAU). The NAFTA agreement represents the foundation of the eventual North American Union, a supranational governmental entity that would be comprised of the three formerly sovereign nations, the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The NAU is modeled after the internationalist establishment's highly successful, although hugely deceptive, project to establish the European Union via so-called free trade agreements.
Since many of Trump's advisors are members in good standing of the internationalist establishment, no wonder they advised him very powerfully to forget about withdrawing from NAFTA and instead work on renegotiating the agreement. In fact, they already had been planning to update NAFTA. The TPP agreement would have accomplished this, but now that we've withdrawn from the TPP, renegotiating NAFTA is exactly what they want as a next step towards regional government, aka the North American Union (NAU), on the way toward world government under the United Nations.
What's needed to counteract these plans for a North American Union is for the U.S. to withdraw from NAFTA, not to renegotiate it.
It is not clear from reviewing various relevant laws and the NAFTA agreement itself whether the president could terminate our membership in NAFTA by himself, or whether Congress must also act. It would seem that since Congress was required to get us into NAFTA, Congress would also be required to get us out.
What's to be done about this situation? To help stop the NAU you need to inform yourself about the plan for a North American Union and how the North American Union fits into the larger plan for world government. One of the best resources for getting up to speed on these plans is something we published back in 2013 as part of our campaign to stop the TPP and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). This resource is How the Free Trade Agenda Is Knocking Down America, a special issue of The New American, September 2, 2013.
This special issue has an article, "North American Union: From NAFTA to the NAU," which explains how "NAFTA was a major step toward an EU-style North American Union." The other articles in this issue explain how the North American Union fits into the overall plan to bring Americans under the heel of a UN world government. This special issue is available as a free PDF download by clicking the link in the previous paragraph.
Other educational tools can be found at our "Stop the North American Union" action project page at JBS.org.
Just as the UK is restoring its national independence with its Brexit vote last year to withdraw from the European Union, we need to restore U.S. independence with an Amexit from NAFTA, the foundation of the developing North American Union.
Please phone the Trump administration (202-456-1111), your representative (202-225-3121), and your senators (202-224-3121) and ask them to work toward restoring our personal freedom and national independence by rejecting renegotiation of NAFTA and by supporting whatever combination of presidential action and congressional legislation would be required to Get US Out! of NAFTA.
Please also email the Trump administration, your representative, and your senators with the same message.