President Trump's leaked 'off-record' comments complicate trade deal with Canada

President Trump's leaked 'off-record' comments complicate trade deal with Canada

President Trump's leaked 'off-record' comments complicate trade deal with Canada

"If I say no - the answer's no".

Trump said in the Bloomberg interview that he was not compromising with Canada at all, but that he could not say this publicly because it would be "so insulting" that the Canadian government would not be able to agree to a deal.

The report clarified that while Bloomberg News had entered into an off-the-record agreement with Mr. Trump, the Toronto Star was not bound to any such agreement. Members of Congress, including many in Trump's own Republican Party, say a deal must include Canada to be approved under a legislative tool that allows a simple yes-or-no vote in Congress.

Freeland faced several questions about Trump's remarks from reporters who have been staking out the meetings for days.

But under US trade rules, the USA team wouldn't have to make public the text of the revamped agreement for 30 additional days, possibly buying more time to reach a deal with the Canadians.

US and Canadian trade officials set plans to resume their talks on Wednesday with the aim of getting a deal all three nations could sign.

"Ultimately, we've got huge issues that are still to be resolved", said Jerry Dias, head of Canada's influential Unifor labor union.

Asked directly about Trump's remarks and whether the Americans are bargaining in good faith, Freeland walked a diplomatic tightrope. "The USTR team will meet with Minister Freeland and her colleagues Wednesday of next week", Lighthizer said.

"Our starting positions at the beginning were very far apart". The talks were constructive, and we made progress.

Wow, I made OFF THE RECORD COMMENTS to Bloomberg concerning Canada, and this powerful understanding was BLATANTLY VIOLATED. The new trade pact contains a high wage clause that says "between 40% percent and 45% of auto content must be produced by workers earning at least $16 dollars an hour".

United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, left, and Mexican Secretary of Economy Idelfonso Guajardo, right, walk to the White House, in Washington, Aug. 27, 2018.

Canada has been clear about its "red lines" around Nafta, Trudeau said at an event in Oshawa, Ontario. Talks are also hung up on USA demand to eliminate dispute-resolution panels that Ottawa considers essential, two Canadian officials said Friday. He also stated that "no deal is better than a bad deal for Canada and for Canadians and that's exactly what we're remaining firm on". Take the sunset clause issue - the US threatened to insert a five-year automatic end to NAFTA, but in talks with Mexico last month agreed to compromise with a 16-year term with a 6-year review process.

Her son, Jack, 20, was with her, wearing a matching "Keep America Great" T-shirt and hat. They met late into the evening Thursday, until the talks ended abruptly just after 10 p.m. ET.

The Canadian dollar weakened to C$1.3081 to the U.

Trump has repeatedly criticized Canada's dairy industry and has used the threat of tariffs on Canada's auto production to push for concessions.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on Friday expressed confidence that Canada could reach agreement with the United States on a renegotiated NAFTA trade pact if there was "good will and flexibility on all sides".

Another lingering sticking point is Chapter 19, set up to resolve disputes among the three countries and industry around how to implement NAFTA rules. For various political reasons on both sides of the Rio Grande, it was critical that the trade deal be officially presented to Congress by end of the week, so getting Canada on-board became an immediate priority.

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