Trump says ‘no political necessity’ to keep Canada in new NAFTA deal

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will meet again with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer

Canada's foreign affairs minister, Chrystia Freeland, was engaged in NAFTA negotiations for the better part of last week after news broke that the USA and Mexico had tentatively agreed to a new trade pact to replace the current agreement.

Trump's caution to Congress to "not interfere with these negotiations" appeared to refer to one potential obstacle: the fact that lawmakers have empowered him to reach a so-called "fast track" agreement with both NAFTA partners, not just Mexico.

"There is no political necessity to keep Canada in the new Nafta deal", Trump said in one of a series of tweets as he visited his Virginia golf club while three former presidents and a range of political dignitaries attended a Washington memorial for the late Senator John McCain.

He also called out Canada for 'decades of trade abuse, ' saying if the two nations can't negotiate a fair deal, talks will be off.

He added: "Congress should not interfere with these negotiations or I will simply terminate NAFTA entirely & we will be far better off".

"We are replacing NAFTA with a handsome, brand new US-Mexico trade deal", Mr Trump told a crowd in IN last night.

It's been an intense week of haggling for Mexico, the United States and Canada over the 24-year-old North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Krzysztof Pelc, a political science professor at McGill University, said Trump is likely using the threat of excluding Canada to obtain more concessions in areas such as supply management and dispute resolution.

Trumka not only said he's anxious to see America "move forward" with the deal, he bashed the prior incarnation of NAFTA, and those who upheld it. "We make new deal or go back to pre-NAFTA!" it read.

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"We're not there yet", she said. But Canada's dairy industry - backed by Quebec politicians of all stripes - is adamant that it won't stand for the government allowing the US any more market access, saying it has compromised enough on past trade deals with the European Union and Pacific Rim countries.

Turkey's lira has suffered in the wake of USA sanctions and tariffs instituted in response to the imprisonment of American pastor Andrew Brunson.

"I have now been working with Ambassador Lighthizer and his team for more than a year".

Trudeau on Friday did not say if Trump's comments would impact negotiations between the US and Canada, which will resume next week, but said his country would pursue a path that was a "win-win-win on all sides". "I think the key decision was freezing Canada out and then negotiating directly with Mexico".

For example, the U.S. International Trade Commission, an independent federal agency, this week scrapped the Commerce Department's duties on uncoated groundwood paper from Canada, saying the shipments don't threaten American producers.

Despite citing it in defense of Chapter 19, Canada is not seeking to resolve the softwood dispute or USA tariffs on Canadian lumber shipments as part of NAFTA talks this week, the Canadian officials said.

U.S. and Canadian negotiators worked throughout the week on adding Canada to Friday's notice, but the negotiations failed to produce an agreement ahead of Mr Trump's own Friday deadline. "So, overall, workers aren't doing as well".

Under Trump's presidency, relations between the USA and Canada have become increasingly uncomfortable, with the US president encouraging a trade war with its neighbor to the north. "Our officials are continuing to work toward agreement", he said, adding that the talks will be resumed on Wednesday.

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