Canada deliberately sidelined from latest NAFTA talks, Trump suggests

Canada deliberately sidelined from latest NAFTA talks, Trump suggests

Canada deliberately sidelined from latest NAFTA talks, Trump suggests

At the same time, he indicated that Canada could rejoin the talks soon. "I'm hopeful with Mexico". "And as a matter of fact, the Trump administration has even said 'we'll add extra tariffs on you if you don't play ball".

The US, Mexico and Canada began talks to modernize the 24-year-old trade pact a year ago at Trump's insistence but the talks were hung up over US demands.

Though tensions with Canada remain, President Trump is ready to close on a new NAFTA deal with our southern neighbor with a particular emphasis on auto trade to keep more production jobs in the USA and helping Mexico with flexibility on anti-dumping claims on seasonal produce.

Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, said he was more optimistic a deal on NAFTA would be reached after a recent phone conversation with Lighthizer.

And Trump again aimed a jibe at Canada, saying "Their tariffs are too high".

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In their efforts to update the 24-year-old NAFTA pact, United States and Mexican officials have been working over the past four weeks to iron out differences over provisions affecting the auto industry. Trump has repeatedly argued existing NAFTA rules have facilitated an exodus of manufacturing jobs from the United States to Mexico, especially in the automobile sector. The United States has pushed for Mexico to agree to raise the requirements of the auto sector's rules of origin, which determine whether or not NAFTA benefits are applied to a product.

Meanwhile, Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo, who is leading his country's delegation, has urged negotiators to show "flexibility".

But Guajardo said, "There are issues that have to be discussed at the trilateral level".

"Our focus remains defending Canadian interests as we work towards a modernized, updated NAFTA agreement". Mexico's new president, Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador, was elected in July and takes the oath of office december 1.

That also would put the deal in place before the new US Congress is seated in January, which would protect it from the possibility of opposition if Democrats win control of the legislature in the November mid-term elections.

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