Canada has to wait to re-enter NAFTA talks says Trump


In a tweet last night trump said "Tariffs and trade barriers are far too high. Will tax cars if can't make a deal!"

But a spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Ottawa won't change course in response to the president's message.

President Trump has said he prefers to end the decades-old NAFTA pact in favor of inking separate, bi-lateral agreements with the USA neighbors. The talks are expected to go into next week.

Canada, however, has yet to return to the NAFTA table this summer.

U.S. and Mexican negotiators will resume talks next week on the update of the North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexico's Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said on Friday August 10. There have been warnings Canada could be put in a position where it might have to accept a deal reached between the US and Mexico. But keep one thing in mind - The U.S. has not given any concessions to Mexico - Instead, the looking for even further concessions from Mexico as the August deadline for the talks approaches.

Ultimately, the degree of integration in NAFTA might make USA tariffs against the Mexican and Canadian auto sectors more trouble than they're worth.

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At the same time, relations with Canada have been tense since June's G7 meeting in Quebec, when President Trump renounced support for the Summit's communique and took direct aim at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for promising to stand up to U.S. tariffs.

Trudeau had criticized the President over threats he made to impose trade tariffs on Canadian goods, evoking a response from Trump via Twitter. "Autoworkers and farmers must be taken care of or there will be no deal", adding that Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador "has been an absolute gentleman".

Canadian officials are saying they have been involved in the negotiations, arguing there have been lots of bilateral talks between NAFTA partners during the yearlong renegotiation process.

A government official speaking on background tells CTV News that the ongoing three-way negotiation will continue after the current U.S. -Mexico meetings conclude, potentially as early as next week.

Adam Austen, a spokesman for Canada's foreign minister, added: "We're glad Mexico and the USA continue to work out their bilateral issues".