US, Mexico moving to sign FTA, with Canada not behind

Canada Trade Talks In Jeopardy After Leaked ‘Off The Record’ Trump Comments

Mr. Trump wanted to start the required 90-day layover before Congress can ratify the agreement.

President Donald Trump may be insisting that the US will be "better off" without a North American free trade deal that includes Canada, but American unions do not agree-and neither does the tech industry. "Congress should not interfere w/ these negotiations or I will simply terminate Nafta entirely & we will be far better off ..." The U.S. has tremendous upside potential as we go about fixing some of the worst Trade Deals ever made by any country in the world.

That comment repeated a threat from the president earlier in the week to forge ahead with a bilateral trade agreement with Mexico that would leave out Canada, which he on Friday again accused of "ripping us off".

In a second tweet Saturday, Trump suggested that the United States would be better off with no trade agreement than with a flawed NAFTA deal.

Continetti said the key to Trump's recent trade negotiations was concentrating on Mexico and leaving Canada to one side.

After the United States and Mexico reached an agreement on new rules for auto trade and tougher protections for workers and intellectual property, talks with Canada were hung up on the mechanisms used to resolve disputes among partners and on Ottawa's strictly controlled dairy sector. But Congress has a chance here to stand up to the president and demand a trilateral deal that does include Mexico and Canada.

"We're encouraged by the open dialogue between the Trump and (Mexican President Enrique) Peña Nieto administrations, working toward a modernized trade agreement that recognizes the technology sector's critical role in American economic growth", Shapiro said in a statement.

On Twitter, Trump posted, "Wow, I made OFF THE RECORD COMMENTS to Bloomberg concerning Canada, and this powerful understanding was BLATANTLY VIOLATED". Trumka, whose organization is an umbrella group for most unions, said the economies of the United States, Canada and Mexico are "integrated" and "it's pretty hard to see how that would work without having Canada in the deal".

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"We have also been negotiating with Canada throughout this year-long process".

"Right now, the US has the negotiating leverage in the negotiating room but Canada has the leverage in terms of Congress, the business community and the general USA public, but that balance will not last forever", Ujczo said.

In a series of tweets on Saturday the president pointed out there is "no political necessity" to keep Canada in the new NAFTA deal.

While the two sides failed to meet a deadline set by the White House, both US and Canadian negotiators insisted that they were making progress.

He urged the crowd to not let Trump or anyone else divide Americans based on race, religion, nationality or sexual orientation. Outgoing Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto wanted to sign a deal before he left office December 1.

President Trump reaffirms a new trade deal with Mexico can be made without Canada, and advises Congress to stay out of the matter.

A short time later, he added: "The Worker in America is doing better than ever before". Ottawa does have other complaints. Talks to keep Canada in the bloc broke up on Friday but are expected to resume next week.

Even if Canada doesn't join and it becomes a U.S. -Mexico accord, the administration believes it can satisfy Congress's requirements using the fast-track route, the official said. Between 8 and 10 percent of Kansas agriculture exports are sold to Canada, including meat from the state's packing plants, flour and soybean products.

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