(Daniel Dale – Toronto Star)
U.S. President Donald Trump suggested Thursday that the U.S. is pointedly freezing Canada out of North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations.
Trump’s negotiators have been meeting with Mexican negotiators in Washington over the past two weeks. Senior officials from all three countries have said the U.S. has chosen the two-way talks for temporary practical reasons, not to send a message to Canada.
But Trump, who has repeatedly railed against Canadian dairy tariffs and complained about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, suggested otherwise.
“We’re not negotiating with Canada right now. Their tariffs are too high, their barriers are too strong, so we’re not even talking to them right now,” Trump said at a televised cabinet meeting. “We’ll see how that works out. It’ll only work out to our favour.” Click here to read more.
- Trump ‘In No Rush’ to Conclude NAFTA Talks as Mexico’s Deadline Looms (CBC News)
- Trump Suggests Canada Has Been Sidelined From Latest NAFTA Negotiations (Canadian Press)
- Video: U.S. Trying to ‘Divide and Conquer’ in NAFTA Talks: Former Ambassador (Bloomberg)