Trump Praises Mexico, Blasts Canada on Twitter

Mexico says its bilateral NAFTA talks with U.S. to drag into next week

Mexico says its bilateral NAFTA talks with U.S. to drag into next week

Auto industry officials familiar with the talks said the Trump administration wants the ability to impose national security tariffs on future Mexican production from new auto assembly and parts plants.

President Trump on Friday threatened tariffs on Canadian-made cars if USA officials can't strike a deal with the country on overhauling the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Donald Trump launched a fresh auto-tariff threat against Canada late Friday at a time when Ottawa finds itself in a holding pattern on NAFTA negotiations as it awaits the completion of one-on-one talks between the United States and Mexico.

But the US negotiators do not want to apply the same guarantees to new Mexican auto plants, the officials said, as the potential threat of 25 percent tariffs would discourage new automotive investment in Mexico to serve the USA market.

Before he entered the meeting, Guajardo said Mexico was getting close to overcoming sticking points with the United States.

He said any deal with Mexico must take care of American autoworkers and farmers, but he praised the new president of Mexico, calling him "an absolute gentleman". "Will tax cars if we can't make a deal!"

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In a tweet, the president also said a Nafta deal with Mexico "is coming along nicely".

Canada's foreign minister recently said the country is ready to resume NAFTA talks "as quickly and intensively as possible".

Media reports say today's meeting between U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo ended with bilateral work still to be done.

In response, Canadian officials announced "dollar for dollar" retaliatory tariffs, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called them at the time, to the tune of over C$16 billion in USA imports.

"The next obvious question is, do we have a firm date of Canada physically going to join the talks?"

Trump demanded NAFTA be renegotiated after repeatedly criticizing the 24-year-old pact as a "terrible deal".

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