From La Republica.com.co, quoting Vice President Francisco Santos: “Si el acuerdo fracasa, sería una cachetada para nosotros. Eso no podría no tener consecuencias en nuestras relaciones.”
Translation: “If the agreement fails, it would be a slap across our face. There’s no way it wouldn’t have an effect on our relations.”
UPDATE (5 p.m.) Bloomberg updated story, including NAM comment: “If you stop it for Colombia, you can stop it for any agreement,” said Doug Goudie, a lobbyist at the National Association of Manufacturers, a pro-trade business group. “That isn’t exactly going to inspire confidence in any future possible trade partners, or in the WTO negotiations.”
Meanwhile, the U.S. Trade Representative has distributed a fact sheet that refutes the contention Congress has not been consulted ….See the extended entry below.
265: At least 265 meetings with Democrats.
179: At least 179 meetings with Republicans.
27: At least 27 meetings or calls with Democratic Congressional leadership.
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