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How Exactly Is Trump’s USMCA Trade Deal Different From NAFTA?

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Noah Adamitis Associate Editor
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One of President Donald Trump’s signature accomplishments is the passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA), an agreement that has been widely hailed by Trump, and others on the right, as a significant improvement over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), but how exactly is the USMCA different from NAFTA?

NAFTA was a controversial trade agreement, signed into law January 1st, 1994, by former President Bill Clinton and has been described by Trump as “perhaps the worst trade deal ever made.” The purpose of the deal was to smooth over and remove trade barriers between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. Its success is hotly debated, with some saying that it lowered the costs of goods in the U.S., and others pointing to an estimated nearly one million manufacturing jobs that were outsourced to Mexico and elsewhere as companies took advantage of the fact that foreign workers would work for pennies on the dollar. (RELATED: More Than A Million Jobs Went Overseas Thanks To Trade Deals Joe Biden Supported, And It Could Hurt Him In An Election)