Governor says new trade deal will benefit Tennessee

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Governor Bill Haslam met face-to-face with President Trump this week.

We’re told they touched on topics from elections to the new NAFTA agreement.

Haslam says he thinks the proposed new trade deal to replace NAFTA will benefit our state.

The governor outlined positives he sees so far, which start with Tennessee’s auto industry, where Nissan, General Motors and Volkswagen have a huge presence.

The governor says automakers also may not be drawn as much to Mexico as manufacturing wages are expected to go up as part of the new trade deal.

“That will help us on a competitive front whether we look at Smyrna, Spring Hill or Chattanooga or any of our other of our automotive-related plants.

Shrinking the wage gap between here and Mexico will help production here,” said Gov. Haslam.

The governor and autoworkers around Tennessee will be watching to see what happens. 

The US-Mexico-Canada-Agreement, or USMCA, still has to be approved by all three countries’ legislative bodies.

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