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Canada PM says won't be rushed on NAFTA, new deal not guaranteed

27 September 2018

"Did you reject a one-on-one meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau?".

At a press conference in New York, Trump told reporters he had rebuffed a Trudeau request for a meeting "because his tariffs are too high and he doesn't seem to want to move and I told him "forget about it".

Trump's comments also come on the heels of his national security adviser John Bolton's suggestion that Canadian requests for a bilateral meeting "couldn't be accommodated" - although officials in the Prime Minister's Office insisted no such request had been made.

Lighthizer said Tuesday that the administration will immediately submit the text of a U.S. -Mexico deal to Congress if Canada does not sign on by then. "That's the big one". "We don't like their representative very much". He said there is a possibility that Canada could build on what has already been agreed between the United States and Mexico.

McNaughton said he had jokingly told Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. Trade Representative, that he would schedule a root canal operation after their next session, "just to make me feel better".

Earlier Wednesday, Canada's US envoy David MacNaughton, who has taken part in the Washington talks alongside Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, pegged the likelihood of a new trade deal by Sunday's congressional deadline at a "five" on a scale of one to 10.

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"It's been great for Canada, It's been great for Mexico, but very bad for us".

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"Frankly, we're thinking about just taxing cars coming in from Canada", Trump said.

As the relationship between Trump and Trudeau continues to worsen, it's unclear what this could mean for either economy or the trade relationship that connects thousands of companies in both countries.

Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, speaks during a news conference at U.N. headquarters during the General Assembly of the United Nations in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 26, 2018. "So Canada has a long way to go".

"I don't like NAFTA".

"I don't like NAFTA, I've never liked it, it's been very bad for the United States". "I've seen thousands of plants and factories close". "We are looking for the right deal".

Mexico and Canada have stood firm on the importance of maintaining the trilateral format of the NAFTA free trade deal, even as Trump has signaled a desire for individual deals with each country.

The price of oil, one of Canada's major exports, eased after US data showed a surprise build in domestic crude inventories.

First, there were the comments from USA national security adviser John Bolton, who suggested Monday that requests for a bilateral meeting "couldn't be accommodated".

Canada PM says won't be rushed on NAFTA, new deal not guaranteed