Following a week of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations that yielded few tangible results, U.S.
"If we don't make a fair deal for the USA after decades of abuse, Canada will be out", Trump said Saturday.
Talks to keep Canada in the trade bloc will resume this week as the two countries try to resolve thorny issues including Canada's dairy market and USA efforts to shield drug companies from generic competition.
Trump went on to blame the agreement, which went into effect in 1994, for costing the USA "millions" of manufacturing and other jobs over the course of two decades. Canada is the second-biggest trading partner of the US, and Mexico is the third. Talks will resume next week.
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Sending the notification to Congress effectively sets a new clock for the Nafta negotiations.
Under NAFTA's withdrawal rules, Trump must give six months' notice to the leaders of Canada and Mexico, the other stakeholders in the current pact, to pull out the U.S. He also must seek the support of Congress to pass such a change.
He then noted the nation was far better off before NAFTA and suggested either we make a new deal with Canada or go back to pre-NAFTA.
Trump tweeted about the comments Friday, saying "At least Canada knows where I stand!"
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"We are looking for a good deal, not just any deal", Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters earlier this week. Trump warned Congress not to interfere with negotiations and said if they did so, he would terminate NAFTA entirely. The U.S. lost thousands of businesses and millions of jobs.
Trump also threatened Saturday that if Congress attempted to interfere with these negotiations, he would simply "terminate & we will be far better off".
"As we've said all week, we're working toward a modernized NAFTA, a modernized NAFTA that will be good for Canada and the middle class", said Cameron Ahmad.
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