Trump's reported off-the-record remarks hit U.S.-Canada trade talks

01 September, 2018, 17:40 | Author: Lora Ball
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He said that off the record is not a legal term but "they violated it" and did so purposefully.

Having sunk the negotiations that he apparently meant to sink anyway, Trump confirmed that he had meant to sink them all along in a Friday afternoon tweet.

But he steered far from denying the comments, tweeting that "At least Canada knows where I stand!"

According to the Toronto Star: "In a remark he did not want published, U.S. President Donald Trump said that a possible NAFTA deal with Canada would be 'totally on our terms, ' according to a source".

After Trudeau spoke with regional leaders, they appeared to soften their tone in defense of Canada's protected dairy sector, suggesting a compromise may be in the works that would grant the USA greater access to the Canadian milk market. Is it that Trump knew it was important to keep his negotiating strategy a secret, and then immediately blabbed about it to a reporter?

"If I say no - the answer's no". Trump, however, is also quoted as saying that he couldn't say that openly because, "it's going to be so insulting they're not going to be able to make a deal". "I can't kill these people", he said of the Canadian government. "And every time we have a problem with a point, I just put up a picture of a Chevrolet Impala", Trump said, referring to a GM model that is manufactured in Canada.

While the States has usually lost to Canada in Chapter 19 cases involving lumber imports, the panels have proved invaluable for Americans fighting duties imposed by Mexico on agricultural exports such as beef, pork and corn, said Horlick.

By the end of this summer's G7 meeting, Trump had backed off his insistence on a sunset clause that would set a NAFTA expiry date and had apparently thought the way was being paved for a Canadian deal.

On the deal with Canada, he said: "I think it is going to happen and we really have developed a really good relationship".

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The notification is meant to immediately start the mandatory 90-day countdown before an agreement can be formally signed.

It's not clear what this means for the trilateral agreement, which governs more than $1tr (£770bn) in trade. "They will find it has huge benefits for our workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses".

Lighthizer told reporters Friday morning that Canada was not making concessions about U.S. dairy access to the Canadian market. This week those meetings continued at all levels. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Freeland resumed talks for a fourth day on Friday. That agreement, which is not yet in effect, includes a section on geographical indicators, a reality Schwanen said works to Mexico's advantage.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland appeared gloomy on Friday.

But 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". Canada's 11,280 dairy farmers form one of the country's most influential political lobbies.

"It is Trump's bluster at best, but obviously he is not going to force anyone into a bad deal", Dias said.

"We're going to remain constructive, positive, serious and creative about what we do around the negotiating table… We are also going to be unequivocal about always standing up for Canadians' rights and Canadians' interests".

The US leader was likely referring to measures protecting Canada's dairy industry, which he has lambasted on multiple occasions.


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