Trudeau disputes Trump's claims that Canada requested meeting with president

Trump Confirms Rejecting Trudeau's Meeting Invite: 'I Told Him 'Forget About It''

He added that he and his team does not like Canada's "representative".

Referring to Trudeau, Trump said Wednesday: "His tariffs are too high and he doesn't seem to want to move. That's the mother lode, that's the big one".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has indicated he may be willing to jump on a deal with the US and Mexico, but time is running out.

Malmstrom reacted strongly to the suggestion that the USA administration is attempting to bully Freeland after Trump criticized Canadian NAFTA negotiators in a press conference Wednesday.

Relations between the two neighbours have been strained since Trump assailed Trudeau at the G-7 meeting in June, calling him a "weak" and "dishonest" back-stabber.

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

It wasn't immediately clear whether Trump was responding to comments Trudeau made earlier at a news conference of his own - similar to what happened over the summer following the G7 meetings in Quebec.

As reported by Reuters, US officials are complaining that Canada is refusing to make necessary concessions in order to achieve a trilateral pact that will update and replace NAFTA. "There are very large issues", Lighthizer said at the Concordia policy summit in NY. My job is very simple.

Malmstrom said she is working with International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr on helping Canadian small and medium-sized businesses "take advantage of CETA". "We think their negotiators have taken advantage of our country for a long time", Mr Trump said.

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The administration is looking to inform Congress of a plan for a new North American trade agreement by Sunday, which would allow Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to sign it on November 30, his last day in office.

Malmstrom said the pattern of behaviour coming the United States is causing other countries to flock to Canada and the European Union for trade partnerships. A number of lawmakers from both parties have pleaded with the White House to try to ensure Canada remains in the talks.

Democrats have also said they will not support a deal that does not include Canada. Canada imposed tariffs on $12.5 billion of USA goods, including steel, toffee, maple syrup, coffee beans and strawberry jam.

Observers say the patience of US lawmakers is waning, particularly with a good deal with Mexico on the table.

In his remarks Wednesday, Trump also said the Americans did not like Canada's trade representative very much - a comment that appeared to be directed at Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. He said that's why the US had an average eight hundred billion dollars a year in trade losses over five or six years.

But Trump suggested he may go forward with a revamped NAFTA without Canada.

At one point in his response, Trump praised Canada: "I love Canada, by the way, I have so many friends ... but that has nothing to do with this". "I refuse to use it".

"They (the United States and Mexico) made certain agreements", he said.

Speaking to reporters this morning in Ottawa, Trudeau disputed Trump's statement - insisting Canada did not request a meeting with the president this week.

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