US Will Almost Certainly Miss NAFTA Deadline


After a meeting on Monday between US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the two countries agreed to a framework on Tuesday to expand trade, which would include negotiations on tariffs, The Japan Times reported.

Trump also said he gave Trudeau the cold shoulder "because his tariffs are too high and he doesn't seem to want to move - and I told him, 'Forget about it'".

However, Cameron Ahmad, a spokesman for Trudeau, rejected the assertion that a meeting was ever requested, saying: "No meeting was requested and we do not have any comment beyond that".

He added: "We're very unhappy with the negotiations and the negotiating style of Canada". "That's the big one".

Congress, wary of upcoming midterms that are widely expected to inject more Democrats into the current power balance on Capitol Hill, is agitating for Canada to join an existing U.S. -Mexico deal before a self-imposed deadline of Sunday.

"Yeah I did", Trump said during a news conference amid the United Nations General Assembly in NY.

At one point in his response, Trump praised Canada: "I love Canada, by the way, I have so many friends ... but that has nothing to do with this".

"And frankly we're thinking about just taxing cars coming in from Canada", he said.

In his remarks Wednesday, Trump also said the Americans don't like Canada's trade representative "very much" - a comment that appeared to be directed at Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.

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. The president said it would be called "USM", for the US and Mexico, instead of "USMC", and offered blunt criticism of the Canadian team engaged in the talks.

Trump said Mexico has been "totally great" in negotiating trade with the U.S.

"Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau said at the time. Canada's dairy market has remained largely closed to the USA ever since American dairy farmers were caught excessively dumping products inside of Canada's markets several decades ago. It's been very bad for the United States. He said that's why the US had an average eight hundred billion dollars a year in trade losses over five or six years. It's been great for Canada. "I mean Mexico has 25 percent of our oil business now because of NAFTA", said Trump.

"Canada wants some assurances going forward that the president will not continue to use this, after we sign an agreement, to harass our industries simply because he's mad at our prime minister", the president of the Canadian Labour Congress told BNN Bloomberg television Thursday.