No Canadian agriculture concessions in US trade talks: USTR

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Officials had appeared to be on track to reach a deal that would rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), but in a freaky twist, inflammatory comments from President Donald Trump angered Canadian officials and threatened to upend the talks.

For now, the Canadians are insisting they won't be rattled by Trump's Saturday warning that Canada could be left out of a revised North American Free Trade Agreement.

Earlier in the week Trump announced the completion of a preliminary trade agreement between the United States and Mexico, while threatening new tariffs against Canada if they didn't cooperates in efforts toward a new NAFTA deal. Nieto's successor, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has had representatives at the U.S. -Mexico talks, but if the deal is not signed before he takes office he could add new demands and complicate the deal.

The negotiations to rewrite it dragged on for a year and Canada stayed on the sidelines this summer while the USA and Mexico executed the hard bargaining.

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Congress members from both parties as well as USA business leaders also want Canada included to preserve the more than $1 trillion in trade under the 24-year-old trilateral deal.

Replacing NAFTA is a top priority for Mr. Trump, who calls the landmark trade agreement "the worst deal ever made". Continetti continued. "President Trump understands the economic power of the United States in a way many other American politicians do not". "At the same time, we are concerned that excluding Canada from a final agreement will limit our export opportunities and hurt the USA economy". I am used to it.

Turkey's lira has suffered in the wake of USA sanctions and tariffs instituted in response to the imprisonment of American pastor Andrew Brunson.

The deal brokered between Mexico and the US has many provisions that have earned the support of organized labor, including more robust rules for automobile production.


The deal announced on Monday would, among many other things, require that 40 per cent to 45 per cent of a vehicle be made in a North American country where auto workers made at least $16 an hour - that is, not in Mexico - before qualifying for duty-free status. Dispute settlement, Canada's cultural exemption and access to Canada's dairy market continue to be obstacles to a deal.

"We've been told for over 25 years, trust us, this agreement will be good for workers". Free Trade Agreement, which preceded NAFTA.

Mr. Trump wants to get a trade deal finalized by December 1.

On Canada, he said: "I think it is going to happen and we really have developed a really good relationship".


The U.S. and Canada failed to come to an agreement on NAFTA Friday. Neither US nor Canadian negotiators are talking publicly about the issues that divide them.

"The new NAFTA deal is actually a very small modification of the old NAFTA deal - it's been dressed up to look like a big deal for political reasons and this is one of the reasons why the business community will be so relieved to see that there won't be too much disruption to their supply chains", explains Evenett.


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