Trump attacks union leader on Labor Day
- Author: Anthony Vega Sep 04, 2018,
Sep 04, 2018, 0:40
That letter started a 90-day required notice period for Congress before the president can legally sign a new deal.
President Donald Trump slammed what he termed "decades of abuse" by Canada with a new threat to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement, a day after talks with the U.S.'s northern neighbour stalled hours before a deadline.
Trumka also said of Mr. Trump: "the things that he's done to hurt workers outpace what he's done to help workers", arguing that Trump has not come through with an infrastructure program and has overturned regulations that "will hurt us on the job".
"Our officials are continuing to work toward agreement", U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer said Friday in a statement, adding the USTR team will resume trade talks with its Canadian counterparts next Wednesday.
Aside from the procedural questions, including a six-month notice requirement, Trump would also certainly face a backlash from members of Congress, state governors and USA business leaders whose constituencies and companies would pay an economic price if Canada - America's largest goods export market in 2017 - were left out. It's unclear whether the authority Trump has to renegotiate NAFTA extends to a deal done with just Mexico, and lawmakers - as well as Mexican officials - continue to stress the need for Canada's inclusion.
Continetti said the key to Trump's recent trade negotiations was concentrating on Mexico and leaving Canada to one side.
Talks on a new trade deal started a year ago but bogged down over USA demands, including some meant to return manufacturing to the United States.
Gorka noted Canada has a almost 300-percent tariff on US dairy imports, while the European Union taxes USA vehicle imports at a rate approximately four times higher than the USA tax on European-made cars. But Canada's dairy industry - backed by Quebec politicians of all stripes - is adamant that it won't stand for the government allowing the US any more market access, saying it has compromised enough on past trade deals with the European Union and Pacific Rim countries.
Canada doesn't have much of an objection to the auto provisions of the U.S. The top Canadian trade envoy, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, then hurried to Washington for talks aimed at preserving Canada's membership in the regional trade agreement.
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.
'There is no political necessity to keep Canada in the new NAFTA deal, ' Trump tweeted during services for the late Arizona Sen.
In a reflection of the gravity of the situation, Trump abruptly canceled his golf game to keep working on a deal, according to Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The White House set a deadline for Friday because it wanted to notify Congress in time for Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to sign the accord before his successor, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, takes office on December 1. The deal announced Monday would, among many other things, require that 40 percent to 45 percent 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. Ottawa does have other complaints.
'If we don't make a fair deal for the USA after decade of abuse, Canada will be out. Neither U.S. nor Canadian negotiators are talking publicly about the issues that divide them.
But the talks with Canada snagged over the mechanisms used to resolve disputes among partners, and on Ottawa's strictly controlled dairy sector. He also said he does not believe a revised pact will work without Canada being involved.
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.