Joseph R. Biden on Thursday reluctantly gave President Trump credit for making a U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal that’s “better than NAFTA.”
He conceded the president’s success in rewriting the long disparaged North American Free Trade Agreement, which Mr. Biden helped pass as a senator in 1993, after repeated questioning by CNN’s Jake Tapper.
“He renegotiated NAFTA and you didn’t is the point,” Mr. Tapper said in an interview with the former vice president, noting that Mr. Biden and President Barack Obama both promised to renegotiate the trade deal before they spent eight years in the White House.
After some back and forth, Mr. Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, acknowledged Mr. Trump’s achievement with a caveat:
“It is better than NAFTA. But look at what the overall trade policy has been, even with NAFTA? We now have this gigantic deficit in trade with Mexico. Not because NAFTA wasn’t made better, because overall trade policy and how he deals with it made