Trump dumps on Canada, says he rejected NAFTA meeting with Trudeau

After a meeting on Monday between US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the two countries agreed to a framework on Tuesday to expand trade, which would include negotiations on tariffs, The Japan Times reported. "His tariffs are too high and he doesn't seem to want to move".

"We are continuing to work on getting to a right deal for Canada, a right deal for Canadians, and that involves, obviously, feeling confident about the path forward as we move forward - if we do - on a NAFTA 2.0 and the ... lack of punitive tariffs that we consider are unjust". "That's the mother lode, that's the big one".

He lauded U.S. Trade Representative Bob Lighthizer's negotiating then turned back to Canada.

"I must be honest with you, we're not getting along at all with their negotiators", he said at a United Nations news conference in NY. "This president has always been a bit of a showboat and I think Canadians have become accustomed to this".

The United States, which has imposed a September 30 deadline for Canada to agree to the text of a new NAFTA, has already concluded a trade deal with Mexico.

"If it doesn't happen by the end of the week, we'll just keep working away and trying to get the best deal for Canada", David MacNaughton told a Toronto event arranged by Politico Canada.

As the relationship between Trump and Trudeau continues to worsen, it's unclear what this could mean for either economy or the trade relationship that connects thousands of companies in both countries. The president said it would be called "USM", for the USA and Mexico, instead of "USMC", and offered blunt criticism of the Canadian team engaged in the talks.

"In Canada, the export is very focused historically on the US, so it's a little bit bigger step to try to get accustomed to the European Union system". "We don't like their representative very much", he said.

"Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau said at the time. "How do you sell a dairy product at 300 per cent (tariff)?" It's been very bad for the United States. In response, Mexico slapped tariffs on $3 billion of U.S. goods, including steel, pork, apples, potatoes, bourbon and different types of cheese. It's been great for Canada. Trump said he had.

First, there were the comments from US national security adviser John Bolton, who suggested Monday that requests for a bilateral meeting "couldn't be accommodated".

  • Anthony Vega