Canada refusing to make concessions on NAFTA


"[Mr Trudeau's] tariffs are too high and he doesn't seem to want to move and I told him forget about it".

Officials in the Prime Minister's Office disputed the president's statement - insisting for the second time this week that they did not request a meeting and declining further comment.

I must be honest with you, we're not getting along at all with their negotiators. "That's the big one", Trump explained.

Trump, during the news conference, reiterated his longstanding grievances against NAFTA and job losses, saying the trade pact had been 'great for Canada, great for Mexico, very bad for us'.

"We're very unhappy with the negotiations and the negotiation style of Canada". "I have everybody... so many friends", he said. It was unclear who Trump was referring to but Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freehand has been the chief NAFTA negotiator for Canada.

Mexico and Canada have historically been united in opposition against any changes in trade policy with the USA, but Mexico's leadership has been reluctant to stall any further progress.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said there was "some distance" between the two sides on issues such as access to Canada's dairy market and how best to settle trade disputes.

"How do you sell a dairy product at 300 percent?" he said, adding that it is obviously Canada's way to back-door a trade barrier disguised as a tariff.

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If differences with Ottawa can not be resolved by then, the Trump administration will ask Congress to approve a Mexico-only deal, he said.

"We're going to go ahead with Mexico", he said.

A spokesperson for Trudeau, however, said this was not true and that Trudeau never sought a meeting with Trump during the NY gathering.

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.

"Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau said at the time. I've never liked it, it's been very bad for the United States. "I've seen thousands of plants and factories close".

"We will keep working as long as it takes to get to the right deal for Canada", Trudeau told reporters at the United Nations. "Under our deal, not going to happen anymore".

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

Trump has used an obscure "national security" provision of US trade law to impose tariffs on imports of Canadian steel and aluminum. "We will put billions and billions of dollars into our Treasury".