Trump refused the Prime Minister of Canada in a personal meeting

30 September, 2018, 19:13 | Author: Trevor Moore
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Canada, the United States' No. 2 trading partner, was left out when the US and Mexico reached an agreement last month to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement. The White House wants this trade deal to replace NAFTA, though it's unclear if it is legally possible to replace a three-country pact with a two-country arrangement.

There's a chance a bilateral trade deal between the US and Mexico could move forward without Canada.

The White House now plans to submit a new proposed trade agreement between the US and Mexico for Congress to begin reviewing as soon as this week. "But it will probably or possibly be just USM", he said suggesting it will likely only include the USA and Mexico.

He was asked if he had denied Trudeau a request for face time while the two leaders were at the UN.

Despite efforts to get Canada on board with a new NAFTA deal by Sunday, negotiators are far from finalizing a new trilateral trade agreement. Trudeau, for his part, says that USA tariffs on steel and aluminum would have to be scrapped before Canada felt comfortable signing a new NAFTA.

He did not respond directly when asked if Canada needs an "ironclad commitment" that Trump will not impose the tariffs.

Trump's deal with Mexico could help his party in the elections because many states that helped elect the president in 2016, particularly in agricultural regions, would have been hurt by a breakdown in trade with Mexico, said Kalach of the CCE business lobby. "We're going to tax the cars that come in", he said.

U.S. President Donald Trump said he rejected a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over Canada's dairy tariffs, negotiating style and because his people do not like Canada's "representative". I must be honest with you, we're not getting along at all with their negotiators.

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Another sticking point is Canada's protected dairy industry, which isn't in the current deal but where the US wants concessions.

In a direct attack on NAFTA itself, President Trump added: "I don't like NAFTA". If Canada comes along now, that would be the best.

"There are things where, basically, we're just not prepared to give in because it would really render the agreement meaningless", MacNaughton said in a public interview with Politico in Toronto.

"I love Canada, by the way", he said.

If differences with Ottawa can not be resolved by then, the Trump administration will ask Congress to approve a Mexico-only deal, he said.

Also Wednesday, the United States and Japan announced that they will open negotiations on a bilateral trade agreement between the world's first- and third-largest economies.

"Canada does not make concessions in areas that we view as essential", he commented.

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