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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"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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