Trump says ‘no political necessity’ to keep Canada in new NAFTA deal

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The president's attack came after Trumka appeared on "Fox News Sunday" over the weekend where he said efforts to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement should include Canada.

Also, Congress must approve any rewrite of the North American Free Trade Agreement, signed during under President Bill Clinton, and might refuse to endorse a deal that leaves long-time ally Canada on the sidelines.

The US and Mexico reached a deal earlier in the week, putting pressure on Ottawa to follow suit, but talks over dairy quotas were one of the key issues holding up a deal.

Josh Roe, deputy secretary of agriculture in Kansas, stressed the importance of the NAFTA deal for Kansas farmers.

"The negotiations between the United States and Canada are ongoing".

The White House notified Congress on Friday of its "intent to sign a trade agreement with Mexico - and Canada, if it is willing - 90 days from now".

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In a reflection of the gravity of the situation, Trump abruptly canceled his golf game to keep working on a deal, according to Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Canada's foreign minister Chrystia Freeland tried to downplay the US' demands suggesting that "with goodwill and flexibility on all sides, I know we can get there", she said. "So this idea of economic coercion, I think, is new to President Trump, and it's a tool that I think has become useful to the United States". He was involved in tough negotiations for the Canada-U.S.

"As for public support for this, I expect it will be much greater in the steel sector and in the vehicle sector in the United States where those industries are well represented like MI".

Union membership nationwide has fallen markedly from the 1970s, with the percentage of American workers in a union dropping from about 25 percent in the 1970s to less than 11 percent in 2017, according to survey data.

The US-Mexico agreement laid out new rules for auto trade, and provided tougher protections for workers and intellectual property. Dispute settlement, Canada's cultural exemption and access to Canada's dairy market continue to be obstacles to a deal.

"We are replacing NAFTA with a lovely, brand new US-Mexico trade deal", Mr Trump told a crowd in IN last night. Is it that Trump was secretly (or not so secretly) plotting to kill the trade deal with Canada in the first place? Neither US nor Canadian negotiators are talking publicly about the issues that divide them. But Canada's dairy industry - backed by Quebec politicians of all stripes - is adamant that it won't stand for the government allowing the USA any more market access, saying it has compromised enough on past trade deals with the European Union and Pacific Rim countries. Between 8 and 10 percent of Kansas agriculture exports are sold to Canada, including meat from the state's packing plants, flour and soybean products.

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