Just one day after tumultuous talks between the US and Canada ended without any signs of agreement on a revised version of the North American Free Trade Agreement, President Trump suggested in a tweet that he would forge ahead on a trade deal without Canada.
The consultations took place after Canadian and American negotiators failed to reach a deal by Friday's deadline amid reports that Trump had said he would not compromise at all to get a deal with Canada.
The controversial remarks come amid increased tensions between the US and Canada, in part over trade. "If we don't make a fair deal for the USA after decades of abuse, Canada will be out".
The latest Twitter volley came as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sought the advice of a man who understands the pressure-cooker of high-stakes trade negotiations - former prime minister Brian Mulroney.
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Trudeau on Friday did not say if Trump's comments would impact negotiations between the USA and Canada, which will resume next week, but said his country would pursue a path that was a "win-win-win on all sides". "We make new deal or go back to pre-NAFTA!"
"Remember, NAFTA was one of the WORST Trade Deals ever made". They said it's not the first time the tactic has been used and the comments are "designed to pressure us and it's not going to work".
Sources also confirmed to Global News on Friday that Canadian officials confronted their American counterparts during trade talks about remarks allegedly made by Trump saying the possible NAFTA deal with Canada would be "totally on our terms".
The U.S. and Mexico negotiated a new pact to replace NAFTA, snubbing Canada in the process.
"We will only sign a deal if it is a good deal for Canada", Trudeau said Friday, according to the Star.