Trump now wants to withdraw from NAFTA, North American Free Trade Agreement. In fact, he wants an executive order by Friday. However, Porter claims that the rules do not allow such an approach, and there is a need for a 180-day termination notice (Woodward 138). Others present during the meeting remain silent, thus making Trump more persistent. Porter meets with McMaster who agrees to support him in ensuring that they maintain their current position in NAFTA (Woodward 139). On the other hand, Navarro is pushing Trump saying that the staffing process is the reason for the delayed actions. Trump, therefore, calls Porter and asks him to ensure that things work out fast. Following this, Porter sees Cohn and holds a meeting with the secretaries who have an influence on NAFTA.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue informs the president about the dangers of withdrawing (Woodward 139). Nonetheless, Trump still wants a withdrawal and asks for the 180-termination notice. Porter and Cohn have to stall the process, and Cohn takes the document from Trump’s desk. They know that he could easily order another one, but they also understand that Trump needs a trigger to remember things, if it is out of sight, then it is out of his mind (Woodward 140). Trump also touches on steel tariffs and they discuss on it in the Oval Office in the White House (Woodward 142).