Trump blasts union leader on Labor Day

03 September, 2018, 20:42 | Author: Corey Lynch
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US President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday there was no need to include Ottawa in any new NAFTA trade deal. 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.

The next day, he added: "There is no political necessity to keep Canada in the new NAFTA deal".

He went on to warn USA lawmakers against involving themselves into the negotiations, tweeting that should they do this he "will simply terminate NAFTA entirely and we will be far better off".

In his final tweet about NAFTA on Saturday, Trump reiterated that NAFTA was "one of the worst trade deals ever made", adding that "we were better off before NAFTA - should never have been signed!"

He said that although he was encouraged that Trump was renegotiating NAFTA, he was concerned that Canada would be cut out of the deal.

The Toronto Star proclaims them "secret bombshell remarks": off-the-record comments President Trump made about Canada in an interview with Bloomberg News on Thursday that were leaked to the Star.

The White House had faced a Friday deadline to provide Congress with the necessary 90-day notice that it meant to enter into a new trade agreement with Canada and still have the new NAFTA deal signed by December 1.

"Wow, I made OFF THE RECORD COMMENTS to Bloomberg concerning Canada, and this powerful understanding was BLATANTLY VIOLATED", Trump tweeted Friday.

"We're continuing to work very hard, and we're making progress".

Ms Freeland said she had remained in close touch with her Mexican and United States counterparts throughout the summer and had already achieved "a high-level agreement with the US" on some of the pending issues on autos and labour rights.

The 24-year-old NAFTA tore down most trade barriers dividing the United States, Mexico and Canada. Neither U.S. nor Canadian negotiators are talking publicly about the issues that divide them.

President Donald Trump has threatened to leave Canada on the sidelines since announcing a breakthrough with Mexico on Monday, but the U.S. president and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have both expressed optimism a deal is close.

But simply granting more American access to Canada's dairy market "is something where I think that you wouldn't necessarily see big movements in terms of benefits to consumers".

U.S. officials say the negotiations will continue next week in an effort to reach an agreement.

Trump's renewed threat to withdraw from NAFTA comes as U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland are set to resume negotiations Wednesday.

The deal brokered between Mexico and the US has many provisions that have earned the support of organized labor, including more robust rules for automobile production.

It is still unclear whether the United States and Canada will work out their differences in the next few weeks.

The preliminary agreement between Mexico and the United States announced last Monday would, if enacted, require that 75 per cent of the parts in any vehicle sold in North America be produced in the US or Mexico.

The deal announced on Monday would, among many other things, require that 40 per cent to 45 per cent of a vehicle be made in a North American country where auto workers made at least $16 an hour - that is, not in Mexico - before qualifying for duty-free status.

In June this year, Washington introduced a 25-percent tariff on steel imports and a 10-percent tariff on aluminum imports from Mexico, Canada and the EU.


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