Donald Trump had won-over working class voters in the key states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin with his pledge to renegotiate terrible trade deals.

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was chiefly in his crosshairs.

And Trump issued one threat that led to a major victory over Mexico and Canada.

Word began to circulate that Trump was considering an executive order to begin the process of withdrawing the United States from NAFTA.

The leaders of Canada and Mexico quickly called Trump and the three leaders agreed to renegotiate the deal.

The press portrayed this as a flip-flop by Trump.

But was it?

Trump tweeted that his threat achieved his objective – Mexico and Canada agreed to come to the negotiating table and Trump would work toward a trade deal that benefited the American worker.

This was entirely consistent with Trump’s campaign rhetoric on NAFTA.

In a June stop at an aluminum facility near Pittsburgh, Trump pledged he would insist the leaders of Canada and Mexico renegotiate NAFTA or else he would submit notice that America was withdrawing from the treaty.

The Hill reports:

Donald Trump on Tuesday said he will demand a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the United States, Mexico and Canada.

If those other countries refuse the renegotiation, Trump said he would withdraw from the trade pact, which would cause tariffs on imports from those countries and exports from the United States to rise. 

“I’m going to tell our NAFTA partners that I intend to immediately renegotiate the terms of that agreement to get a better deal for our workers,” Trump said during remarks at an aluminum facility in Monessen, Pa., near Pittsburgh.

“And I don’t mean just a little bit better, I mean a lot better,” he said.

“If they do not agree to a renegotiation, then I will submit notice under Article 2205 of the NAFTA agreement that America intends to withdraw from the deal.”

Trump got exactly what he wanted and fulfilled his campaign promise.

Mexico and Canada have agreed to renegotiate a deal slanted in their favor – something they never would have done without a threat – and Trump can claim a real victory in getting trade deals to work for Americans instead of global interests.