U.S. President Donald Trump says he rejected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau‘s request for a one-on-one assembly to debate NAFTA.
Talking at a freewheeling press convention in New York on Wednesday, Trump stated he gave Trudeau the chilly shoulder “as a result of his tariffs are too excessive and he doesn’t appear to wish to transfer — and I informed him, ‘Overlook about it.’”
He added that the USA was greater than keen to slap tariffs on Canadian auto imports, if Canada didn’t acquiesce to his calls for to scale back tariffs on U.S. dairy.
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“We’re very sad with the negotiations and the negotiating fashion of Canada — we don’t like their consultant very a lot,” Trump stated, showing to check with International Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who leads Canada’s negotiating staff.
“I like Canada by the best way, I’ve so many pals, I’ve all people and so many pals, however that has nothing to do with this.”
Shortly after the press convention, the Prime Minister’s Workplace denied requesting a gathering with Trump.
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Trump then adopted up his expression of displeasure towards Canada with a ringing endorsement of Mexico.
“They had been nice,” Trump stated on Mexican negotiators, earlier than stating take care of Mexico is virtually accomplished and all that continues to be is congressional approval.
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He then took purpose at Canada’s dairy provide administration system, which he stated is hurting Wisconsin dairy farmers by charging them tariffs of as much as 300 per cent, earlier than sarcastically characterizing the Canadian place on provide administration as, “We don’t have a barrier — nevertheless it’s 300 per cent.”
Trump then reiterated his displeasure with Canadian commerce officers — “I should be trustworthy, we’re not getting alongside in any respect with their negotiators” — and accused Canada of profiting from the U.S. for years.
Nonetheless, he stopped wanting categorically ruling out making a take care of Canada, saying that “there’s an opportunity” of coming to an settlement on a deal which he stated can be known as “USMC,” quick for “U.S.-Mexico-Canada.”
“Canada will come alongside,” Trump stated, earlier than once more threatening to tax Canadian auto imports if the Trudeau authorities didn’t come round.
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Trump’s remarks got here only a day after an ungainly encounter between him and Trudeau on the United Nations, with Trump showing to disregard Trudeau at a luncheon till the prime minister tapped him on the shoulder and shook fingers, with Trump nonetheless seated all alongside.
“I don’t suppose there’s something to learn into it,” Trudeau stated on the brusque handshake, including that he commonly engages with Trump and had a “excellent name” with him simply final week.
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Trump’s feedback additionally come on the heels of his nationwide safety adviser John Bolton’s suggestion that Canadian requests for a bilateral assembly “couldn’t be accommodated” — though officers within the Prime Minister’s Workplace insisted no such request had been made.
Earlier Wednesday, Canada’s U.S. envoy David MacNaughton, who has taken half within the Washington talks alongside Freeland, pegged the probability of a brand new commerce deal by Sunday’s congressional deadline at a “5” on a scale of 1 to 10.
Whereas the talks have been “difficult,” the ball is on the U.S. aspect of the courtroom, MacNaughton stated at an occasion in Toronto hosted by the U.S. web site Politico.
“I feel all people is aware of what one another’s place is on all the main points and I feel it’s actually a query of whether or not or not the U.S. desires to have a deal.”
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Canada is “anxious” to strike an settlement to deliver some certainty to the funding local weather and to open the door for Ottawa to start out working extra carefully with the Individuals on among the larger points that confront each international locations, he added.
“We’ll see the place it goes, however to date it’s been powerful,” he stated. “It’s been lengthy and exhausting, however I feel we’ve narrowed the hole.”
— With information from The Canadian Press
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