Justin Trudeau warns Trump about NAFTA plan, says deal is good for US jobs

Donald Trump's plan to tear up NAFTA could hit U.S. jobs, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned in an exclusive interview with NBC News.

The president has begun moves to renegotiate what he called the "worst trade deal ever approved in this country." However, Trudeau said the Clinton-era agreement had "led to a lot of great jobs for a whole lot of people on both sides of the border."

Trudeau spoke to NBC News' Tom Brokaw at the New York launch of "Come From Away," a Broadway musical about international friendships and the cross-border impact of 9/11.

It tells the story of the 38 international flights forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, when U.S. airspace was closed following the attacks by al Qaeda in 2001.

Ivanka Trump and Nikki Haley, the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, were among the guests at Wednesday night's event.

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ivanka Trump Kushner attends the hit musical 'Come from Away' on Broadway at The Schoenfeld Theatre on March 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ivanka Trump Kushner attends the hit musical 'Come from Away' on Broadway at The Schoenfeld Theatre on March 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ivanka Trump Kushner attends the hit musical 'Come from Away' on Broadway at The Schoenfeld Theatre on March 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ivanka Trump Kushner attends the hit musical 'Come from Away' on Broadway at The Schoenfeld Theatre on March 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ivanka Trump Kushner attends the hit musical 'Come from Away' on Broadway at The Schoenfeld Theatre on March 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ivanka Trump Kushner attends the hit musical 'Come from Away' on Broadway at The Schoenfeld Theatre on March 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ivanka Trump Kushner attends the hit musical 'Come from Away' on Broadway at The Schoenfeld Theatre on March 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ivanka Trump Kushner attends the hit musical 'Come from Away' on Broadway at The Schoenfeld Theatre on March 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Cast member Sharon Wheatley and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chat backstage at the hit musical 'Come from Away' on Broadway at The Schoenfeld Theatre on March 15, 2017 in New York City (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau pose backstage with the cast and crew of the hit musical 'Come from Away' on Broadway at The Schoenfeld Theatre on March 15, 2017 in New York City (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes a welcoming introduction before the hit musical 'Come from Away' on Broadway at The Schoenfeld Theatre on March 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Producer Sue Frost and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pose backstage at the hit musical 'Come from Away' on Broadway at The Schoenfeld Theatre on March 15, 2017 in New York City (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)
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Brokaw's interview with Trudeau will air on TODAY on Thursday morning.

Trudeau said his message to the new administration was that "good jobs, middle class, happen on both sides of the border because of the close relationship" between the neighbors.

"NAFTA's been ... improved a dozen times over the past 20 years," Trudeau said. "There's always opportunities to talk about how we can make it better. It has led to a lot of great jobs for a whole lot of people on both sides of the border and I very much take him at his word when he talks about just making a few tweaks. Because that's what we're always happy to do."

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Trudeau added: "We've got auto parts criss-crossing the border six times before they end up in a finished product. You've got over $2 billion a day going back and forth. So, making sure that the border is ... secure but also smooth in its flow of goods and people is essential to good jobs on both sides of the border."

President Trump has vowed to withdraw from NAFTA, which took effect in 1994 and includes Canada and Mexico, if he cannot renegotiate it to benefit American interests. He formally withdrew the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership within days of taking office in January and said he would renegotiate NAFTA "at the appropriate time."

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U.S. President Donald Trump, left, greets Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister, as he arrives to the West Wing of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. Trudeau, hailed by Joe Biden as one of the last champions of liberalism, heads to Washington for his first meeting with Trump, whose bellicose statements and immigration restrictions reveal a deep gulf between the two leaders. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
U.S. President Donald Trump, left, greets Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister, as he arrives to the West Wing of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. Trudeau, hailed by Joe Biden as one of the last champions of liberalism, heads to Washington for his first meeting with Trump, whose bellicose statements and immigration restrictions reveal a deep gulf between the two leaders. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
US President Donald Trump(CenerR) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau(CenterL) hold a roundtable discussion on women entrepreneurs and business leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC, February 13, 2017. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 13: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump (R) shakes hands with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada during a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House on February 13, 2017 in Washington, D.C. This is the first time the two leaders are meeting at the White House. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sits alongside Ivanka Trump (R), daughter of US President Donald Trump, during a roundtable discussion on women entrepreneurs and business leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC, February 13, 2017. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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U.S. President Donald Trump, listens as Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister, left, speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. Amid talk in the U.S. of resetting trade relationships, Trump and Trudeau said both countries are committed to maintaining trade ties and economic integration that support millions of jobs on both sides of the border. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 13: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) is greeted by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Capitol Hill on February 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. The two held a bilateral meeting following Trudeau's press conference with President Donald Trump at the White House. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 13: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) is greeted by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Capitol Hill on February 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. The two held a bilateral meeting following Trudeau's press conference with President Donald Trump at the White House. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says the United States conducts more than $3.2 billion worth of trade with its North American neighbors every day. NAFTA brings export revenue worth $36,000 for each and every American factory worker, it says.

A study published by the Center for Automotive Research in January suggested the withdrawal from NAFTA or the implementation of punitive tariffs could result in the loss of 31,000 U.S. jobs.

Trump has called the deal "one-sided," citing a "$60 billion trade deficit with Mexico."

Revisiting comments made during last month's trip to the White House, the Canadian leader said that "we'll agree to disagree on certain things."

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"Come From Away" tells the story of how Gander's 10,000 inhabitants rallied to accommodate the 6,700 travelers whose planes were diverted and then stranded in the hours after the 9/11 attacks.

Trudeau said the episode underscored the close relationship between the U.S. and Canada and "encapsulates so much of what we've shared through great times and also through extraordinarily tragic times."

It also highlighted what is now a stark difference between the nations over immigration, he said.

"I know and I've always felt for Canada that we recognize that diversity is a great source of strength," Trudeau said. "I think Canadians have always been interested in the choices Americans make because the choices you make inevitably impact upon us ... and how we make sure that we get that balance right between continuing to have a good relationship and standing for the things we believe in is what we expect of ourselves."

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