Canada Trade Talks In Jeopardy After Leaked ‘Off The Record’ Trump Comments

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But US President Donald Trump seemed willing to leave Canada out of a final deal to rework the regional trade pact, and replace the three-nation NAFTA with a bilateral trade agreement with Mexico.

Geneva: US president Donald Trump has ratcheted up pressure on Canada and other trading members, including the European Union, threatening that if they refuse to accept Washington's trade demands they will risk losing "free military protection", after talks between the US and Canada for revamping the trade deal, which includes Mexico, failed.

Talks to keep Canada in a North American trade bloc broke up Friday and will resume next week with the two longtime allies divided over such issues as Canada's dairy market and USA efforts to shield drug companies from generic competition.

But, after the last meeting ended, Ms Freeland told reporters: "No we don't have a deal".

"The negotiations between the United States and Canada are ongoing".

"I think all three countries have worked together very productively and we're getting more and more excited about the results", a senior U.S. official told reporters.

In a reflection of the gravity of the situation, Trump abruptly canceled his golf game to keep working on a deal, according to Sarah Huckabee Sanders. "So this idea of economic coercion, I think, is new to President Trump, and it's a tool that I think has become useful to the United States".

The Friday deadline was aimed at getting the deal approved before the December 1 inauguration of Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a far-left politician who some fear will scuttle a deal.

Real wages for most Americans haven't risen in about 40 years.

Many Twitter users felt the president wasn't the best guy to present himself as defending the average worker. Dispute settlement, Canada's cultural exemption and access to Canada's dairy market continue to be obstacles to a deal. Talks on a new trade deal began a year ago, but got bogged down over US demands, including some meant to return manufacturing to the United States. "You said that the Mexican deal is closed- there's still a lot of work left to be done even on the Mexican deal, Chris, because of the language isn't drafted, we haven't seen whole chapters of the thing".

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. According to a study on the deal effects back in 2013, NAFTA was directly responsible for raising the U.S. trade deficit with Mexico from $17 billion to $177 billion, and cost the USA over 850,000 jobs. "There is no political necessity to keep Canada in the new NAFTA deal, if we don't to make a fair deal for the U.S. after decades of abuse".

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