The bid to update the North American Free Trade Agreement between the US, Canada and Mexico had been going for a week but was soured by President Trump's leaked comments that any deal would be "totally" on US terms.
Canada and the United States will make a final push to iron out differences on a pact to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on Friday, with Mexico on standby to return to talks aimed at ending a year of hard-fought negotiations.
Earlier, as word of Trump's off-the-record remarks rippled through the media corps gathered outside the offices of the USA trade representative, a stoic Freeland maintained her diplomatic countenance, saying only that both the Canadian negotiating team and USTR officials were working hard to reach an agreement.
Freeland paused for just a couple of seconds and then answered, not referencing Trump, but his top negotiator, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.
Negotiations with Canada will continue next Wednesday, he added. In doing so, she tried to portray her counterpart, US trade czar Robert Lighthizer, as a friend who's also trying to get a deal.
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters about the talks, "We aren't there yet".
"I love Canada. But they've taken advantage of our country for many years".
The administration had set a deadline of Friday for a deal with Canada. "But we have also been very clear, we will only sign a deal if it is a good deal for Canada". The president plans to sign this new agreement, with or without Canada, in 90 days.
Trump also threatened Saturday that if Congress attempted to interfere with these negotiations, he would simply "terminate & we will be far better off". They have tremendous trade barriers and they have tremendous tariffs.
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The President's remarks-made off-the-record to Bloomberg, but later leaked to the Star-put Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government in a tough position. "We are looking forward to signing the right deal for Canada".
However, that deal did not include Canada.
"Off the record, Canada's working their ass off", Trump allegedly said.
Despite missing Friday's deadline, U.S.
Former Mexican president Vicente Fox said Trudeau's messaging left the Mexican side unsure how much it could count on Canada.
The prime minister was responding to a question from a Quebec reporter who asked whether the federal government was prepared to "abandon" the country's most populous province to secure a deal. "I can't kill these people", the President shockingly said about Canadian officials.
The U.S. and Canada are wrangling over several tough issues, including American demands for greater access to the Canadian dairy market and Canada's insistence on maintaining NAFTA's existing procedure for resolving disputes.
China has responded to United States tariffs by imposing retaliatory taxes on the same value of U.S. products and has filed complaints against the tariffs at the WTO.
Trudeau has to balance the auto tariff threat against the political fallout that would probably come if he's seen as caving to Trump on issues of major importance to Canada, including dairy prices and dispute resolution (so-called "Chapter 19").