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Trump Wants to Change NAFTA to USMC Pact

16 September 2018

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is expected to return to Washington sometime next week for more high level negotiations with her US counterparts.

Lighthizer is scheduled to be in Brussels on Monday for trade talks with the European Union's trade commissioner, Cecilia Malmstrom, and is due back in Washington on Tuesday.

The main sticking point in the U.S.

The well-placed source had earlier reiterated Canada's position that it would take as long as needed.

Kudlow spelled out "M-I-L-K" in an interview with Fox Business Network for emphasis.

Mexico and the United States announced on August 27 they had reached an agreement following months of grinding talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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"I think it's something that we obviously have to be aware (of), that the president is contemplating", said Trudeau. "And now they've got to treat us fairly". A source conclude to the talks talked about discussions remain stymied over dairy ranking entry to and Chapter 19 and that, as of Wednesday afternoon, there used to be no signal of a leap forward.

Privately, senior Canadian officials are doubtful that Trump would get congressional approval for a trade deal that excluded Canada.

Canada and the United States are still arguing over cultural protections, an American demand for more access to the Canadian dairy market and a dispute resolution mechanism that Canada wants to keep and Washington insists be scrapped. "If that is not possible we are ready to advance bilaterally with the USA". "Part of our problem is that Canada has been backsliding on its commitments (on dairy)".

Guajardo told reporters in Mexico City that Mexico remained very interested in Canada joining the agreement to make it trilateral, which he said would be a "great asset".

Tens of billions of dollars in Chinese imports have been slapped with US tariffs and a new round of duties is due to be triggered soon.

Both Canada and Mexico want Trump to agree to permanently exempt them from US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

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Freeland said the atmosphere surrounding the talks continues to be positive, and she believes a good deal for all three NAFTA partners is within reach.

The United States and Mexico both ratcheted up the pressure on Canada to sign on to a new NAFTA by month's end or face exclusion from the continental trade pact - but the warnings Thursday did not appear to faze Justin Trudeau.

The U.S. and Mexico are intent on wrapping up the matter before December 1, when Mexico's new president will be sworn in.

Negotiators and their staff have held several late-night sessions in a bid to overcome disagreements this week.

"My sense is that everyone is at the table with the intention of working these last, always hard issues out", Brady told reporters after speaking with Lighthizer on Thursday.

Donald Trump has already informed the Congress that he wanted to sign a treaty with Mexico, and, if possible, with the Canada, before the end of November. Whether Congress is prepared to accept a bilateral deal remains to be seen.

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Trump Wants to Change NAFTA to USMC Pact