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Michigan labor leaders, politicians wary of Trump's potential NAFTA plan

Donald Trump speaking at a rally in Fountain Hills, Arizona.
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Donald Trump speaking at a rally in Fountain Hills, Arizona in 2016.

The Trump administration is expected to release a NAFTA negotiation plan soon, which could have a large effect on Michigan's economy. NAFTA is opposed by many American workers, who say the plan has taken U.S. jobs to Mexico.

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, says Trump's NAFTA plan should reflect the promises made during the campaign. In several states, including Michigan, Trump said he would pull the United States out of NAFTA. He has since decided to renegotiate.

"The American people must have a clear understanding of what President Trump is doing [regarding NAFTA], whether he's going to keep the promises he made across the country. He sure made them in my state," Congresswoman Dingell said.

Dingell says the new plan must address issues like currency manipulation between countries.

"This is critical for Michigan's economy and the domestic auto industry," she said.

During the campaign, Trump said he would change the country's place within NAFTA in the first 100 days of his presidency.

Last week, a Michigan labor official criticized Trump for failing to keep this promise. In a Detroit News column, AFL-CIO president Ron Bieber said, "Trump has spent more time on the golf course than at the NAFTA negotiating table."

Congresswoman Dingell says passing a renegotiated NAFTA plan will require bipartisan support. The administration is required to submit their plan 30 days before negotiations can begin.

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