Lighthizer hints Mexico pact may need to be reopened if delayed — NAFTA

Canada PM shrugs off U.S. NAFTA pressure says new deal not guaranteed

"I think there's a possibility there to build on what they agreed", Trudeau said when asked whether the U.S.

The US President said as bilateral North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks are going poorly and the United States is unhappy with Canada's negotiators. That's the mother lode. "That's the big one".

Shortly after Trump's news conference, the Prime Minister's Office disputed the president's statement - insisting it did not request a meeting.

Washington and Mexico City last month announced agreement on a new trade pact, but a separate track of intensive talks with Canada have so far failed to produce results.

Trump did not say what representative he meant.

"Yeah, I did", Trump said during a press conference in NY when asked if he has rejected the meeting. Lighthizer's office was not immediately available for comment.

"I think everybody knows what each other's position is on all of the major issues and I think it's really a question of whether or not the USA wants to have a deal".

There are just days to go before the latest US -imposed deadline. "They're treated our farmers in Wisconsin, and NY state, and a lot of other states very badly", he said, citing 300 percent Canadian tariffs on dairy products.

In a speech at the UN Wednesday, Trudeau said there isn't anything about the encounter to read into. "Not opining. Not weighing in". Early a year ago, the Canadian ambassador to Washington, David MacNaughton, said publicly that Canada would act trilaterally or bilaterally depending on its interests.

Trump's comments on Wednesday made it clear he wasn't expecting any breakthrough in the coming days.

The US and Canada are under pressure to reach a deal by September 30. A number of lawmakers from both parties have pleaded with the White House to try to ensure Canada remains in the talks.

The three nations' auto industries are highly integrated, and tariffs on Canadian cars would be hugely disruptive.

The Canadian leader added existing USA tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminium, which were implemented in late May, would have to be scrapped before Canada felt confident in signing a new NAFTA agreement. Together, Mexico and Canada account for slightly more than a third of USA exports.

Hackett told Bloomberg television that Ford gets most of its metals from US producers, which raised prices because of the tariffs this year.

But Trump didn't seem phased by this.

"We will keep working as long as it takes to get to the right deal for Canada", said Trudeau. I think Canada wants to do it, I know we want to do it, and we'll see what happens.

"We will put billions and billions of dollars into our treasury, and frankly we'll be very happy, because it's actually more money than you can make under any circumstance with making a deal". He said that it was like many United Nations interactions: "quick but cordial". "I refuse to use it".

In June, Trump called Trudeau "indignant" and suggested he wasn't being fair to the United States.

"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.

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