Trump attacks U.S. labor leader on Labor Day

Trump attacks U.S. labor leader on Labor Day

Troy Powers
September 4, 2018

He also called out Canada for 'decades of trade abuse, ' saying if the two nations can't negotiate a fair deal, talks will be off.

CTV News Canada notes, Gilles LeVasseur, a business and law professor at the University of Ottawa, said Trump's Saturday Tweets may suggest he could be nervous that he might fail to have Congressional support because Congress is pro-trade.

That's helped build valuable allies. Free Trade deal, a predecessor to NAFTA, after similarly hard bargaining. But the limits of Trump's leverage were also becoming clear with the president still needing to get any agreement through a Congress that has concerns about any pact that does not include Canada.

The administration had constructive talks with Canada this week and is still hopeful the nation will join the deal with the USA and Mexico, a senior administration official told reporters Friday.

As critics predicted, the so-called Tax Cuts and Jobs Act-heralded by Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as one that would make a "big difference" for working families-has failed to change the everyday realities for the vast majority of Americans. "The United States is a great friend and ally of Canada, but clearly Mr. Trump is not", he said while campaigning in Quebec City. The U.S. must give six-months notice to both Canada and Mexico if it intends to pull out of the deal.

The talks broke down after a Toronto newspaper reported Mr. Trump's off-the-record comment that he is not compromising with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government and expected a deal "totally on our terms".

Mr. Trump notified Congress on Friday that he was moving ahead with a U.S. "We make new deal or go back to pre-NAFTA!" Trump said on Twitter.

Sending the notification to Congress effectively sets a new clock for the NAFTA negotiations.

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U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer said Canada could still join the U.S. The other partner in the North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexico, was the second biggest market for Kansas exports, at almost $2 billion. Neither U.S. nor Canadian negotiators are talking publicly about the issues that divide them.

A few weeks ago, the United States began negotiating with Mexico, leaving Canada on the sidelines.

The U.S. wants it out of the deal, but Canada says it must be included.

"If implemented it would be very progressive for Canadian workers and Canadian labour".

US business groups welcomed the signs of progress but made clear that they would oppose any deal that did not include Canada.

However, she repeated that Canada will only sign an agreement that is in its national interest. The top Canadian trade envoy, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, then hurried to Washington for talks aimed at preserving Canada's membership in the regional trade agreement.

"Keep calm and carry on with our current strategy of working Congress and the states, especially governors, and reminding USA business that we matter to each other", said Robertson, a vice-president and fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

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