Trump hails Nafta talks with Mexico, says Canada must wait

Raymond Bachand in Quebec City in 2017

Quebec's chief negotiator Raymond Bachand in Quebec City on Oct. 23 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump is renewing his attack on Canada over trade.

"Canada must wait. Their Tariffs and Trade Barriers are far too high". Will tax cars if we cant make a deal!” he added.

Bloomberg reports that Trump's harsh words came in a tweet late Friday, which also praised Mexico's president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as being an "absolute gentleman". President Obrador, Mexico's 1st left-wing president in recent times, won't take office until 1 December, and he is believed to be keen for the transitional government to clinch a deal with the United States before then so his party can maintain some distance from a revamped agreement. In fact, the United States government decided in June to end the exemption from steel and aluminum tariffs from the EU, Canada and Mexico. Administration officials and congressional aides have said the auto tariff probe, like the metals tariffs, in part is aimed at winning concessions during ongoing NAFTA renegotiation talks.

"We continue to be in the same position where Mexico and the USA need to continue to work out their issues", said the Canadian source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly about the matter.

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But he reiterated his threat that tariffs on auto imports could be in store for the USA neighbor to the north: "Canada must wait".

At the close of the third consecutive week of discussions in Washington, Guajardo said a deal was still possible by the end of the month.

"If they can resolve their differences on that, then I think we can move ahead and have the three of us talk about some of the other issues that affect all of us", MacNaughton said. Guajardo said that once bilateral U.S.

To complicate matters, the already rocky Canada-U.S. relationship has deteriorated since the partners suspended talks in the spring. "Because you're talking about a very different two countries", President Trump said on 1 June. But the USA side was sticking to a hard stance in the final stretch of the year-old NAFTA talks, trying to extract concessions as another late August deadline for a deal approaches, one industry representative said. The U.S. and Mexico still have other issues to work out, including what percentage of auto industry components need to be made in North America to avoid tariffs, and how many cars and trucks need to be made in factories paying higher wages.

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