The Toronto Star obtained off-the-record remarks Trump made in an interview with Bloomberg News in which the president admitted that he would not make compromises in order to secure an agreement. If I say no, then you're going to put that, and it's going to be so insulting they're not going to be able to make a deal ...
Before the Mexico deal was reached, Larry Kudlow, who heads the White House's National Economic Council, said China has been increasingly isolated in the trade arena, with Washington moving toward trade deals with the European Union and with Mexico, according to an August 3 Reuters report.
It was about 10:30 pm when Chrystia Freeland emerged from a meeting with Robert Lighthizer, saying she had but a few words with the US Trade Representative.
"Raising wages for auto workers in Mexico is directly a way for the United States to push more manufacturing back into the United States because it reduces the attractiveness of Mexico as a jurisdiction for manufacturing", she said. The Trump administration had given Canada until Friday to join a preliminary deal it reached earlier in the week with Mexico or risk being left out.
The message was sent after NAFTA talks with Ottawa failed to produce a deal before Trump's Friday deadline.
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had suggested a deal was possible by Friday's deadline.
If he can get Canada on board with his NAFTA plan by the end of September, he will have taken a major step toward a top economic promise from his campaign.
KEVIN DIETSCH/UPI/NewscomPresident Donald Trump has confirmed that he publicly said he couldn't publicly say that he was killing a trade deal with Canada, because it would kill the trade deal with Canada, which is now dead.
A statement from the US trade representative's office said Canada had made no compromises to the American side on the thorny issue of dairy-market access: "there have been no concessions by Canada on agriculture", it read.
On Friday, the Globe and Mail reported on concerns voiced by Canada's trade team that a pact may not be reached on Friday, citing a source close to the negotiation.
"We are replacing Nafta with a lovely, brand new US-Mexico trade deal", Mr Trump told supporters in Evansville, Indiana, on Thursday night. As well, American media is reporting that the White House would face stiff resistance from pro-NAFTA congressional Republicans if Trump tried to shrink the trade pact to a U.S. -Mexico deal. "There have been no concessions by Canada on agriculture", a U.S. Trade Representative's Office spokesperson said Friday in an email. Mr. Trump rejected an European Union offer to eliminate vehicle tariffs if the United States does the same.
However, that deal did not include Canada. On Canada, he said: "I think it is going to happen and we really have developed a really good relationship". On 'The Story, ' Univision News anchor Enrique Acevedo says the deal is a win for Mexico.
Trump also wants a NAFTA deal that eliminates dairy tariffs of up to 300 percent that he argues are hurting USA farmers, an important political base for Republicans.