"So we are getting out, but we will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal, and if we can, that’s great. And if we can’t, that’s fine," Trump said Thursday.
The appeals from Tesla's CEO, as well as Tim Cook of Apple and Dow Chemical Co.’s Andrew Liveris come as Trump’s advisers present him with closing arguments on the risks and rewards of remaining a party to the global pact.
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Manufacturing USA and its innovation institutes and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act would also see major cuts.
While American manufacturing has significant global competition and domestic policy challenges, it remains a massive and vital part of the U.S. economy.
In a notice to Congress, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the U.S. would prefer to keep NAFTA's three-way structure, a notable comment from an administration that has denounced multilateral deals as unwieldy.
The National Federation of Small Business urged Congress to act on tax reform as concerns grow that legislative action could stretch to 2018 or beyond.
Pipeline companies argue Buy American would increase costs and disrupt operations, while steel firms see an opportunity to take advantage of surging production.