US, Mexico May Proceed Without Canada — NAFTA Talks

"We're going to tax the cars that come in", Trump said Wednesday during a press conference at the United Nations headquarters in NY.

"Canada will come along", Trump said, before again threatening to tax Canadian auto imports if the Trudeau government didn't come around.

Returning to criticizing Canada, he ripped America's neighbor to the north for a long-imposed tariff of almost 300 percent on some dairy products.

United States and Canadian negotiators have spent more than a month trying to resolve remaining differences after Washington sealed a tentative deal with Mexico City which they intend to sign by December 1, when a new government takes office. Officials in the Prime Minister's Office insisted no such request had been made, given already close contact with the White House.

Canada is facing another US deadline to make a deal: the end of the month.

"If we push it beyond that date, then we have a new negotiation with Lopez Obrador and we don't know where that would go at all", Lighthizer said.

President Trump confirmed Wednesday he rejected the opportunity to meet privately with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"On steel and aluminum on this point, we started off trying to have some kind of overall agreement that would accomplish that".

Ford is looking at speeding up plans to build more cars in Chinese plants, with the growing trade war with the United States making USA exports less attractive, a senior executive has said.

"Yeah I did", Trump said.

"I don't think there's anything to read into it", Trudeau said. The decision will fall to congressional leaders, who are generally supportive of free trade and keeping Canada in the pact. "It's been long and exhausting, but I think we've narrowed the gap".

Trump then took aim at Canada's dairy supply management system, which he said is hurting Wisconsin dairy farmers by charging them tariffs of up to 300 per cent.

A Trump administration official said the text of the agreement with Mexico was set to be published on Friday.

Trudeau also downplayed a brief handshake with Trump at a luncheon Tuesday, where the USA president remained seated despite standing to greet other leaders.

Trudeau said the deal between the US and Mexico raises the "possibility" of Canada signing on, but that he's standing up for Canadian interests in negotiations.

"I'm anxious a little bit that time will catch up with us", he said, noting that he had spent more time in Washington working on trade issues than ever before.

  • Anthony Vega