NAFTA deal ‘meaningless’ without protection from Trump auto tariffs, Canadian ambassador says

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President Trump announced on Wednesday he rejected a meeting with the Canadian Prime Minister this week, as the countries struggle to strike a new North American trade agreement before a self-imposed October deadline. He's also threatening to place tariffs on cars imported from Canada as trade talks between the two neighbors drag on.

"We're unhappy with the negotiations and the negotiating style from Canada", he said.

The back-and-forth followed an explosive and occasionally contradictory press conference in which Trump threatened to slap new taxes on Canada's auto industry - a business sector he described as "the motherlode" - if NAFTA negotiators fail to reach a deal.

A Trump administration official said the text of a side deal the United States has reached with Mexico was set to be published on Friday.

Trudeau repeated that his government is looking for the right deal for Canada, which includes feeling confident that the path forward won't include the "punitive tariffs that we consider are unjust".

TV footage shows Trudeau and Trump shook hands briefly during a luncheon for world leaders at the United Nations headquarters.

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Canada's envoy to the United States was asked for his opinion today - on a scale of one to 10 - whether Ottawa and Washington are likely to strike a new trade deal by a Sunday deadline.

Then trump told reporters that he had rejected a request by Trudeau about the meeting "because his rates are too high, and he seems unwilling to change its position".

"I'm not making it anything near what they want to do", he said. I think Canada wants to do it, I know we want to do it, and we'll see what happens.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday shrugged off US pressure to quickly agree to a deal on NAFTA and indicated it was possible the three member nations might fail to conclude a new pact. MacNaughton said. "If you can't have some curb on the arbitrary use of tariffs under the guise of national security with a member of NORAD and somebody who is your closest defense partner, then I don't think it's much of agreement".

"They (the United States and Mexico) made certain agreements", he said.

Tim Scott, a Republican senator from SC, said Tuesday he'd prefer Canada be included, and wouldn't say if he'd vote for a bilateral U.S. -Mexico deal.

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He said that he will let the Mexican trade deal go through Congress as federal policy requires, but hopes it will come to legal fruition.

"That's one of the questions that certainly Parliament can reflect on, it was Parliament that granted her honorary citizenship, and that's a conversation we could certainly have", Trudeau said.

"How do you sell a dairy product at 300 percent?" he said, adding that it is obviously Canada's way to back-door a trade barrier disguised as a tariff. Canada imposed tariffs on $12.5 billion of U.S. goods, including steel, toffee, maple syrup, coffee beans and strawberry jam. He's promised to rip up NAFTA, which he called "the worst deal maybe ever signed". "We're sort of running out of time", Lighthizer said.

In recent days, officials have issued a series of increasingly pessimistic assessments of the chances of including Canada in the trade deal with Mexico, which was finalized last month.

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