Published: Sun, September 30, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Trump claims he rejected a one-on-one NAFTA meeting with Trudeau

Trump claims he rejected a one-on-one NAFTA meeting with Trudeau

Under a US legal process known as Trade Promotion Authority that was invoked to revamp NAFTA, Americans lawmakers need to review the text of the agreement 60 days before President Donald Trump can sign it.

Trump called Mexico "great" as the two countries have come to a trade deal agreement.

Mr Trump said during a news conference in NY that Canada has treated the United States "very badly" during the trade talks.

The Trump administration has been pushing for a final text of an agreement with Canada by this weekend to meet a congressional deadline to review any new deal.

Mr Trump's comments were made as Nafta talks continue to drag on. The planning to publish the text of its deal with Mexico on Friday, three people familiar with the matter said.

"Canada will come along", Trump said, before again threatening to tax Canadian auto imports if the Trudeau government didn't come around.

Trudeau replied that he was not asked for a meeting.

Until then, Mexico and Canada had worked together to counter the economic and political clout of the United States as Trump demanded more favorable terms for the world's largest economy and repeatedly called NAFTA a "disaster" for USA workers.

Then trump told reporters that he had rejected a request by Trudeau about the meeting "because his rates are too high, and he seems unwilling to change its position".

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Craft insisted there is nothing but respect between US trade representative Robert Lighthizer and Freeland at the negotiating table. "I think it's important to keep North America together, even if it takes more time" he said.

"If it doesn't happen by the end of the week, we'll just keep working away and trying to get the best deal for Canada", David MacNaughton told a Toronto event arranged by Politico Canada. MacNaughton said. "If you can't have some curb on the arbitrary use of tariffs under the guise of national security with a member of NORAD and somebody who is your closest defense partner, then I don't think it's much of agreement".

Freeland said that the updated deadline for an agreement will be when a "good deal" for Canada has been reached.

"We are not getting along with their negotiators", he said.

Canada has also made clear that the United States needs to withdraw the threat of auto tariffs for a deal to be possible, say officials.

"With Mexico, we're not going to say: "No deal" because of Canada", Lighthizer said.

"The United States moving ahead without Canada shows that Canada may be left out altogether", said Adam Button, a currency analyst at ForexLive.

"No meeting was requested", she said in a statement Trump's press conference. He warned countries of the world that "the United States will not be taken advantage of any longer".

Freeland declined to comment specifically on Chapter 19, saying only that "rule of law is an extremely important part of how we do things, including trade".

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