Trump says Canada is being 'very difficult' in NAFTA talks, suggests terminating

Laura Christensen
August 29, 2017

A key ally of Donald Trump says Canadians should understand the us president believes in free trade, and they shouldn't read too much into what they hear. US farm groups have urged the administration to avoid any disruption in the duty-free trade. It was unclear how Trump's repeated suggestions of abandoning NAFTA would affect negotiations.

"Under President Trump's leadership, USTR will negotiate a fair deal". "Exiting the agreement would be terribly destructive to the US economy".

It was the first time that Trump has complained about Canada's role in the talks, which began earlier this month between Canada, the US and Mexico. "We can not say that anymore because if you are going to say that Mexico is not going to pay for the wall, then I do not want to meet with you guys anymore because I can not live with that". This year in Guadalajara, the focus was on expanding areas of collaboration while preserving current trade.

As for violence in Mexico, the Mexican government cited the "high demand" for drugs in the U.S.as key to the ongoing drug-related turmoil south of the border.

The first round of talks for the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement closed in August, with more negotiations right around the corner.

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The next round of negotiations are scheduled to start in September 1st in Mexico City.

"I don't really believe he's concerned as much over Canada as much as maybe Mexico".

Mulhern noted that the new Canadian pricing scheme "intentionally undercuts U.S. dairy protein exports to other world markets, and at the same time, hurts dairy farmers in the U.S., Mexico and around the world by artificially lowering world market prices".

"But the fact is we are both in a little bit of a political bind because I have to have Mexico pay for the wall - I have to", he added. Shortly before writing that he was "going to a cabinet meeting (tele-conference)... on #Harvey", he tweeted that it was the "worst trade deal ever made" and added: "May have to terminate?"

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