This article first appeared in The Hill.
Republican Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) on Monday defended the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), saying the trade deal has been "wonderful" for the signatories even as the Trump administration negotiates to rework the pact.
“NAFTA has been wonderful for Mexico, Canada, and the United States,” Flake said during an event hosted by the Georgetown University Institute of Politics and Public Service.
Flake, a noted critic of President Trump, said the president has an "unhealthy" concern with trade deficits.
Flake's comments come as negotiators discuss revising the pact on terms Trump finds more favorable for the U.S. On the campaign trail, Trump vowed to pull the U.S. out of the trade pact without better terms. Last month, though, Trump toned down his rhetoric, telling a farm group that he would negotiate a "better deal" for American businesses.
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