Tai convened with her counterparts, Canada’s Mary Ng and Mexico’s Tatiana Clouthier, on Wednesday to commemorate the anniversary of the USMCA going into force. Tai herself had helped negotiate the deal as chief trade counsel to the House Ways and Means Committee.
A living trade document: Tai emphasized Wednesday that the deal’s signatories are still continuing to hash out disputes over trade commitments, environmental regulations and labor practices.
“These agreements are very much like children,” she said. “They are ongoing relationships and require our ongoing care and attention.”
Tai and Ng told reporters they had raised concerns about Mexico’s energy sector. The government’s recent selection of state-owned enterprise Pemex to manage a major oil field is something the U.S. is “watching very closely,” Tai said. But she noted that frank, open dialogue is what makes the trilateral relationship work.