President Trump reaffirms a new trade deal with Mexico can be made without Canada, and advises Congress to stay out of the matter. The president warned Congress not to meddle with the trade negotiations or he would terminate the trilateral trade pact altogether.
While that was part of the preliminary deal reached by Mexico and the USA, it follows on proposals made by Canada earlier in the talks.
"We're looking for a good deal".
"Remember, NAFTA was one of the WORST Trade Deals ever made". CTV News Canada notes, Gilles LeVasseur, a business and law professor at the University of Ottawa, said Trump's Saturday Tweets may suggest he could be nervous that he might fail to have Congressional support because Congress is pro-trade.
Trump then admitted to "scaring the Canadians into submission by repeatedly threatening to impose tariffs".
The move came after Trumka said in a TV appearance that a renegotiated trade deal to replace NAFTA should include Canada - the nation's largest trading partner and the source of many auto manufacturing jobs for USA firms.
"Wow, I made OFF THE RECORD COMMENTS to Bloomberg concerning Canada, and this powerful understanding was BLATANTLY VIOLATED", Trump wrote on Twitter.
Trump has charged that the deal wiped out American factory jobs.
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The agreement also would boost wages for Mexican workers, keep agricultural products tariff-free, increase environmental standards in Mexico and overhaul rules for copyright and trade dispute resolutions. 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.
Earlier, he said he loved Canada, but says "they've taken advantage of our Country for many years!"
The consultations took place after Canadian and American negotiators failed to reach a deal by Friday's deadline amid reports that Trump had said he would not compromise at all to get a deal with Canada.
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 USA or Mexico.
But under US trade rules, the USA team doesn't have to make public the text of the revamped agreement for 30 additional days, buying more time to reach a deal with the Canadians. The spat reignited in November 2016 when the US lumber industry filed a petition asking for duties, alleging Canadian wood is heavily subsidized and imports were harming American mills and workers.
One individual pointed out that when it comes to hypocritical support of American workers, Trump is not alone.
The US wants Canada to open up access to American dairy products, extend patent protections for medicines and agree to eliminate worldwide panels to resolve most disputes between investors and governments.
The deal brokered between Mexico and the USA has many provisions that have earned the support of organized labor, including more robust rules for automobile production.