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Canada officials aim to reach NAFTA deal next week

01 September 2018

- "Not good enough" -While the United States appeared to be moving toward a deal with Canada and Mexico, Trump turned up the heat on the European Union and the World Trade Organization.

According to a published account of the president's leaked remarks, Trump told Bloomberg News Thursday that he is not entertaining any compromises at all in discussions with Canada - but he can not admit his posture publicly because "it's going to be so insulting they're not going to be able to make a deal".

Wow, I made OFF THE RECORD COMMENTS to Bloomberg concerning Canada, and this powerful understanding was BLATANTLY VIOLATED. The president said he wanted the remarks to remain off-the-record, otherwise "it's going to be so insulting they're not going to be able to make a deal".

"Here's the problem. If I say no, the answer's no". Is it that Trump knew it was important to keep his negotiating strategy a secret, and then immediately blabbed about it to a reporter? Canada won't give in to USA demands to kill the Chapter 19 panels, a Canadian official familiar with talks said Friday.

Indeed, Trump sent a letter to Congress as U.S.

Mr. Trump tweeted on Friday afternoon that the report of his off-the-record comments was "more dishonest reporting".

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is expected to brief reporters at 4:30 p.m. local time on Friday at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, according to a Canadian government statement. "We still don't know the specifics of this trade agreement, or whether it will measure up to the claims of an administration with a bad record of delivering", she said. I think, at this point, we know what each side needs and we're working hard to find a way.

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Talks between the U.S. and Canada about amending the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) have ended for the week with no deal in sight.

"Look at the amount of protectionist measures introduced by the U.S.in the last couple years", said Brian Kingston, a vice president at the Business Council of Canada. Except for some minor objections, mainly over Canadian dairy policy, Trump spoke of "tweaking" the Canadian relationship. Global equities were also down following the hawkish turn in Trump´s comments on trade.

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has refused to budge despite repeated efforts by Freeland to offer some concessions on dairy to maintain the independent trade dispute resolution mechanism under Chapter 19 of NAFTA, The Globe and Mail reported yesterday. - A free trade deal that is good for all three nations in the North American Free Trade Agreement is within reach, but will require flexibility in negotiations, Canada's foreign minister said Friday.

Mr Trump has also turned up the heat on the European Union, rejecting its offer to eliminate vehicle tariffs if the United States does the same. Lighthizer said on Monday that Mexico had agreed to eliminate the mechanism.

"We have been very clear about where our red lines are".

Opening a small percentage of the Canadian dairy market to US imports would allow Mr. Trump to declare a political victory without causing serious damage to this country's milk sector, especially if Ottawa compensates farmers here.

Earlier Friday, the Trump administration pushed Canada to give ground on its politically sensitive dairy sector, which is protected by a system of quotas given to domestic farmers.

Canada officials aim to reach NAFTA deal next week