Canada Trade Talks In Jeopardy After Leaked ‘Off The Record’ Trump Comments

Canada Trade Talks In Jeopardy After Leaked ‘Off The Record’ Trump Comments

Canada Trade Talks In Jeopardy After Leaked ‘Off The Record’ Trump Comments

"If I say no - the answer's no".

According to the Toronto Star: "In a remark he did not want published, U.S. President Donald Trump said that a possible NAFTA deal with Canada would be 'totally on our terms, ' according to a source".

It's all part of the president's no-compromise bargaining style, as he bluntly stated in private comments revealed by the Star's Daniel Dale on Friday.

Trump's renewed threat to withdraw from NAFTA comes as U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland are set to resume negotiations Wednesday. "With good will and flexibility on all sides, I know we can get there". "These are deals which have been reworked to the advantage of the United States, but there are no more such renegotiations planned. this NAFTA negotiation is special - it's the last in the renegotiations that he wanted to undertake".

The US-Mexico agreement laid out new rules for auto trade, and provided tougher protections for workers and intellectual property. "And they absolutely do bring good faith and goodwill to the negotiating table". "My negotiating counterparty is Ambassador Lighthizer", she said.

Dale said he was making the denial to combat Trump's accusations Friday that Bloomberg's reporters had broken the off-record arrangement. "Oh well, just more dishonest reporting", Trump said on Twitter.

"I think Canada will be in it".

Trump notified Congress on Friday of his intent to sign a revamped deal in 90 days, amid negotiations that blew past the deadline imposed by the president.

"Once that agreement was basically negotiated then Canada was in the position having to join or else what are they going to do?" This week those meetings continued at all levels.

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Talks on a new trade deal started a year ago but bogged down over USA demands, including some meant to return manufacturing to the United States.

"If implemented it would be very progressive for Canadian workers and Canadian labour".

In a second tweet Saturday, Trump suggested that the United States would be better off with no trade agreement than with a flawed NAFTA deal.

A major sticking point for Canada is that the deal eliminated the settlement system for anti-dumping disputes, NAFTA's Chapter 19.

Philip Levy, senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and a White House economist under President George W. Bush, added, "The president's approach of brinksmanship is so far not very successful in worldwide agreements".

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said that while his federation is anxious to have NAFTA reworked - calling the 1994 agreement "devastating" to American workers - any deal that only includes the USA and Mexico is unfeasible. Such a move, experts warn, would inflict heavy damage on the countries' deeply integrated auto sector.

"Off the record, Canada's working their ass off".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking at an event Friday in Oshawa, brushed off a question about Trump's comments, saying that "over the past year and a half there's a lot of things that have been said from time to time".

The preliminary agreement between Mexico and the United States announced last Monday would, if enacted, require that 75 per cent of the parts in any vehicle sold in North America be produced in the USA or Mexico. "At the end of the day, it will be up to Congress to decide whether we can proceed with a bilateral deal as opposed to a trilateral". Between 8 and 10 percent of Kansas agriculture exports are sold to Canada, including meat from the state's packing plants, flour and soybean products. Canada cited its ongoing disagreement with the USA over allegations it dumps lumber into America as a reason to keep the panels, they said.

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