Trump threatens Congress - Stay out of my plans for NAFTA

Minnie Murray
September 3, 2018

Mr Trump on Friday formally informed Congress of his intent to enter into a trade deal with Mexico, with the notice adding the administration hopes Canada would be added to the new pact later. "We will only sign a good deal and we will not negotiate in public".

The rift comes after the administration submitted a letter late last week formally notifying Congress that it would enter a trade agreement with Mexico, adding that Canada could be included at a later date "if it is willing". Continetti continued. "President Trump understands the economic power of the United States in a way many other American politicians do not".

"We are looking for a good deal, not just any deal", Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters earlier this week.

But Freeland couldn't break an impasse in four days of negotiations with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

One person attempted to remind Trump that many corporations that have benefited from his massive tax cuts haven't used the money to create more jobs. Or is it that Trump was clearly negotiating in bad faith all week with a major trading partner, ally, and neighbor-you know, the kind of behavior that not only sank this trade deal but makes every other future negotiation and communication between Ottawa and Washington more fraught? "Canada, of course, will only sign a deal which is good for Canada". Neither U.S. nor Canadian negotiators are talking publicly about the issues that divide them.


Experts have said the flashpoints include trade barriers that protect Canadian dairy farmers and Ottawa's insistence on keeping Nafta provisions for resolving disputes.

Trilateral trade between the NAFTA countries has exceeded one trillion dollars annually in recent years, according to a 2017 report by the US Congressional Research Service. "At the end of the day, it will be up to Congress to decide whether we can proceed with a bilateral deal as opposed to a trilateral".

Trump wants to get a trade deal finalized by December 1.

Gorka noted Canada has a almost 300-percent tariff on USA dairy imports, while the European Union taxes US vehicle imports at a rate approximately four times higher than the US tax on European-made cars. Trump, in those comments, said that he was taking a hardline stand in trade discussions with the U.S.' northern neighbor. While the majority of Americans, including Congress believe we are friends with Canada, and this is a friendship that goes back hundreds of years, some people also believe Trump is no friend to Canada or anyone else, unless it suits his own personal agenda.

He told Bloomberg News in an interview published Friday that he would not compromise with Canada and said that he would take a stance "so insulting they're not going to be able to make a deal", according to the Toronto Star.

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