Trump will delay NAFTA talks until after mid-terms Nov

Trump will delay NAFTA talks until after mid-terms Nov

Now that Mexico's presidential election is done, Ottawa wants negotiations on the North America Free Trade Agreement to restart as soon as possible, one government official familiar with the plan said on condition of anonymity.

"We talked about border security, trade, NAFTA, we talked about a separate deal, just Mexico and the United States", Trump says about conversation with newly elected Mexican president Lopez Obrador. Well see where it goes.”.

With the tariff fight as the backdrop, Ottawa hopes to move forward with NAFTA.

But the NAFTA talks have been stalled for several weeks and Lopez Obrador enters the scene as tensions between Canada and the United States have intensified as the two countries have become embroiled in a trade dispute.

Gomez argued that Mexico's incoming leftist president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, does not have links with big business in the way that outgoing president Enrique Peña Nieto does, and so will not be beholden to business interests in the same way.

Once automotive issues are addressed, the remaining NAFTA sticking points will largely be between Canada and the US - and it's an open question how much room Trudeau will have to manoeuvre Trudeau in areas like government procurement, supply management and intellectual property. The two discussed "mutually beneficial economic and trading relationship between the two countries, and their shared priority of updating the North American Free Trade Agreement for the betterment of their peoples", Trudeau's office said in a statement.


On Ottawa's tariffs on US goods, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Monday that it does nothing to help Canada and only hurts American workers.

"We've been very nice to Canada for many years and they've taken advantage of that", Sanders said during her daily press briefing in Washington.

"The other source of profit might be that they're under less price pressure, less price competition from the American products and therefore they're able to raise their prices".

In an interview on Fox News, Trump once again threatened to impose tariffs on autos, which has been viewed as a NAFTA negotiating ploy.

"U.S. businesses are really paying attention". Freeland said on Friday, "We will not escalate - and we will not back down".

Trump called NAFTA as "the worst deal ever" during his campaign and presidency. "When our Canadian industries and workers continue to be under attack, it's imperative that we stand up and that is exactly what our Federal Government has done", says Robert Blakely, Canadian Operating Officer for Canada's Building Trades Unions.

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