The president needs to talk to Congress on this and we can go back to the table with the Mexicans and the Canadians and do stronger labor.
Brown gave his take on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.
And so Congress will have a choice of the USMCA or pre-NAFTA, which worked very well.
"I will be formally terminating NAFTA shortly", the president said.
"I think it's really, really likely we end up in that situation", she said.
"It's disappointing but not surprising" that the US president would try to force Congress to reinstate the status quo of #NAFTA, instead of working constructively with Congress to improve his proposed agreement, Henry Connelly, a spokesman for House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, said on Twitter Sunday morning.
Both chambers would need to sign off on the agreement before it could make its way to Trump's desk to be signed into USA law. The U.S. does about a $1 trillion worth of business each year with the two countries, and Canada (second) and Mexico (third) are America's most significant trade partners.
The move is to force acceptance of Trump's replacement for NAFTA, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMACA), which he signed with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto in Buenos Aires on the 30th of November.
A number of Democrats in Congress, empowered by their new majority in the House of Representatives, say they don't much like the new agreement in its current form either, and say they won't support it without more stringent enforcement mechanisms for new labour rules and environmental protection. Since Democrats now control the House of Representatives, their support will be crucial for the USMCA to get Congressional approval. MacNaughton said Canadian diplomats will rev up their machine to lobby members of Congress for their support.
Not even all Republicans in Congress are on board just yet. "(The leaders signed it, but the countries" legislatures still must ratify the USMCA trade pact.) The Times said if no deal can be reached in six months, "both versions of the treaty would be void, which would result in far more restrictive trade that could have a severe impact on industry and agriculture in all three nations, economists have warned".