Trump Peeved After His Off-the-Record Comments Leak

Posted September 03, 2018

And Congress, which has to approve any NAFTA rewrite, might refuse to endorse a deal that excludes Canada. However, Canada and the USA did not meet the negotiating deadline, and talks are to continue this week.

Under NAFTA's withdrawal rules, Trump must give six months' notice to the leaders of Canada and Mexico, the other stakeholders in the current pact, to pull out the U.S. He also must seek the support of Congress to pass such a change.

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.

"Congress should not interfere [with] these negotiations or I will simply terminate NAFTA entirely [and] we will be far better off". Or is it that Trump was clearly negotiating in bad faith all week with a major trading partner, ally, and neighbor-you know, the kind of behavior that not only sank this trade deal but makes every other future negotiation and communication between Ottawa and Washington more fraught?

NAFTA, which came into effect at the beginning of January 1994, lifted tariffs on virtually all goods traded among the US, Canada and Mexico.

The negotiations had taken an odd turn for the worse Friday over news that President Donald Trump had told Bloomberg News that he wasn't willing to make any concessions to Canada.

"Wow, I made OFF THE RECORD COMMENTS to Bloomberg concerning Canada, and this powerful understanding was BLATANTLY VIOLATED", Trump wrote on Twitter.

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Trump previously set a deadline for Friday to reach the trilateral deal.

After all, the mutual lifting of trade barriers should result in more competition, which should translate into more consumer choice and, therefore, lower prices. Neither US nor Canadian negotiators are talking publicly about the issues that divide them. For various political reasons on both sides of the Rio Grande, it was critical that the trade deal be officially presented to Congress by end of the week, so getting Canada on-board became an immediate priority.

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

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. He added, "The Worker in America is doing better than ever before".

Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who is leading negotiations for her country, has declined to get into details of talks. Talks between the United States and Canada for revamping the trade deal, which includes Mexico, failed.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the dispute between USA and Canada hinges on agricultural and media protection policies, as well as the installation of a system that would allow any of the three countries in the agreement to challenge tariffs imposed by one of the others. Nieto's successor, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has had representatives at the U.S. -Mexico talks, but if the deal is not signed before he takes office he could add new demands and complicate the deal. "So, overall, workers aren't doing as well".