"Our relationship with Mexico is getting closer by the hour," Trump wrote on Twitter.
Our relationship with Mexico is getting closer by the hour. Some really good people within both the new and old government, and all working closely together….A big Trade Agreement with Mexico could be happening soon!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 25 августа 2018 г.
Later in the day, Jesus Seade, designated chief negotiator of Mexico's next government, told journalists that Washington had softened its position on a "sunset clause", adding that a "correct focus" on NAFTA's energy chapter has already been substantially agreed.
"It's going to come out. It's no longer what the United States was putting first in any way," Jesus Seade stated.
NAFTA took effect 24 years ago. Politicians from all the three sides have repeatedly called for the agreement to be modernized, as e-commerce and digital services have largely re-shaped the trade patterns that were in place at the time the deal was signed.