Trump to wait after midterms to sign new NAFTA deal

Trump to wait after midterms to sign new NAFTA deal

With support for the dismantling of NAFTA negligible, even among hard-core Trump enthusiasts in Congress, many have described the President as being 'filled with hot air'.

If Canada is willing to drop all tariffs against the United States and its internal subsidies, the Trump administration has proposed to do the same. He said he supports the continued renegotiation of NAFTA and wants his own team of experts to be part of the talks before he takes office December 1.

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The broadcast of the interview with Trump coincided with Canada's imposition of tariffs on select U.S. goods in retaliation for Washington's levies on Canadian steel and aluminum.

Carlos Jasso / Reuters Mexico's next President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador addresses supporters, in Mexico City, Mexico on July 1, 2018. When asked about this today, Sanders answered that "We've been very nice to Canada for many years, and they've taken advantage of that".

Trudeau has insisted the US president's complaints about Canada's trade barriers are the result of his refusal to give in to Trump's demands to do away with the country's supply-managed system that protects dairy, poultry and eggs farmers.

Ties between the two neighbors and long-time allies have been strained by U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on U.S. imports of steel and aluminum on national security grounds.

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Canada's retaliatory tariffs on US goods do nothing to help Canada and will only hurt American workers, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Monday. These are all factors that point to a stalemate, said Moshe Lander, an economist at Concordia University.

"Every country is calling every day, saying, 'Let's make a deal, let's make a deal.' It's going to all work out", Trump said.

"I don't see how he's going to be able to find an agreement that's going to be acceptable to, now, a left-wing populist, a right-wing populist and our country who is claiming hurt feelings as a basis for negotiations. I don't think anyone realistically has an expectation that that's something the USA administration - especially this one - would be all that impressed by". He added that he would not sign a new deal until after the midterm elections in November. During this conversation, they "reaffirmed the close friendship" and agreed to continue working toward a mutually beneficial outcome on the trade agreement, a read out of the conversation from the Prime Minister's Office said.

Trump has clashed with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over trade, with the US president tweeting last month after departing the G-7 meetings in Quebec that Trudeau was "weak" and "dishonest".

Now, Trudeau is reaching out to the new president in the hopes of maintaining a united approach with Mexico when talks do resume with the United States. "Everybody said, 'Uh, can we get on to another subject?'"

"Given the current political climate, I don't think it would be appropriate", Fraser said in an emailed statement.

Monthly freight flows between the USA and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico were down in April, but up 12.8% from a year earlier.

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