Published: Thu, September 27, 2018
Markets | By Josh Butler

NAFTA Talks: US, Mexico May Proceed Without Canada

NAFTA Talks: US, Mexico May Proceed Without Canada

U.S. President Donald Trump says he rejected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's request for a one-on-one meeting to discuss NAFTA.

Trump went on to criticize Canadian officials and how they have negotiated during the recent NAFTA talks.

President Donald Trump has informed Congress he intends to sign a new deal, with or without Canada, by late November before Mexico's new president takes office. Trump has complained about Canadian tariffs on US dairy products - and did so again Wednesday - and has called on Congress to pass a trade deal his administration negotiated with Mexico to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, with or without Canada's participation.

"If Canada doesn't make a deal with us, we're going to make a much better deal".

Washington and Mexico City last month announced agreement on a new trade pact, but a separate track of intensive talks with Canada have so far failed to produce results.

"We're not getting along at all with their negotiators", Trump said, warning that the U.S. would soon go after Canadian auto imports.

"Cause his tariffs are too high and he doesn't seem to want to seem to want to move and I've told him forget about it and frankly we're thinking about just taxing cars coming in from Canada". He said the U.S.is "very unhappy with the negotiations and the negotiating style of Canada".

He did not rule out the possibility of a deal, but made it clear he had little interest in compromising.

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"The fact is that Canada is not making concessions in areas that we think are essential", the USA official said.

Returning to criticizing Canada, he ripped America's neighbor to the north for a long-imposed tariff of almost 300 percent on some dairy products.

Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump touted the success of his trade policy, citing the renegotiated bilateral trade deal with South Korea, as well as a partial rework of NAFTA agreed to with Mexico.

Speaking separately, Canada's ambassador to Washington said that on a scale of 1 to 10, the chances of an agreement by the September 30 deadline were 5.

"I don't like NAFTA".

Trump was twice asked if he would pull out of the existing Nafta deal; he declined to say.

'We think their negotiators have taken advantage of our country for a long time, ' he said. I never liked it. "We don't like their representative very much". It's been great for Mexico.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has indicated he may be willing to jump on a deal with the USA and Mexico, but time is running out. "We will put billions and billions of dollars into our Treasury".

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