Trump says he rejected meeting with Trudeau over trade fight

28 September, 2018, 01:09 | Author: Sheri Evans
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US President Donald Trump said he rejected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's request for a meeting during the UN General Assembly this week.

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'".

Canadian officials said they do not believe Trump can rework NAFTA into a bilateral deal without the approval of Congress.

President Donald Trump's administration will nearly certainly fail to meet this weekend's deadline for including Canada in a new North American trade agreement, The Washington Post reports.

"The fact is, Canada is not making concessions in areas where we think they're essential", he said at the Concordia Summit in NY.

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Trudeau said existing USA tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum in late May would have to be scrapped before Canada felt comfortable signing a new NAFTA.

In his response, Trump also complained about Canada's negotiators and appeared to make a specific reference to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland - who has been Trudeau's NAFTA point person since talks began 13 months ago.

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

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In a direct attack on NAFTA itself, President Trump added: "I don't like NAFTA".

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While the talks have been "challenging", the ball is on the US side of the court, MacNaughton said at an event in Toronto hosted by the USA website Politico.

Malmstrom said the pattern of behaviour coming the United States is causing other countries to flock to Canada and the European Union for trade partnerships.

"The Americans are finding that the negotiations are tough because Canadians are tough negotiators, as we should be", Trudeau told reporters on the way into a regular weekly cabinet meeting in Ottawa. 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. Canada imposed tariffs on $12.5 billion of United States goods, including steel, toffee, maple syrup, coffee beans and strawberry jam. "We will put billions and billions of dollars into our Treasury". It's been very bad for the United States. It's been great for Mexico.

The White House now plans to submit a new proposed trade agreement between the US and Mexico for Congress to begin reviewing as soon as this week.

The Trump administration has said the text of an agreement is needed by Sunday to allow the current Mexican government to sign it before it leaves office at the end of November.

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