Trump threatens to end NAFTA

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On Twitter, the president threatened to "terminate NAFTA entirely" if Congress balks at ratifying a revamped NAFTA that could go forward without Canada's involvement if ongoing negotiations fail.

"There is no political necessity to keep Canada in the new NAFTA deal", the president wrote on Twitter.

"We know that a win-win-win agreement is within reach and that's what we're working towards", Freeland said.

In Charlotte, Trump added that if the USA does not reach a deal with Canada, "that's just fine", offering a variation of one of the lines leaked to the Toronto Star paper: "I say affectionately, we'll just have to tariff those cars coming in, that's a lot of money coming into the coffers of the United States".

Trump tweeted that the USA was "far better off before Nafta - should never have been signed".

KEVIN DIETSCH/UPI/NewscomPresident Donald Trump has confirmed that he publicly said he couldn't publicly say that he was killing a trade deal with Canada, because it would kill the trade deal with Canada, which is now dead.

The negotiations had taken an odd turn for the worse Friday over news that President Donald Trump had told Bloomberg News that he wasn't willing to make any concessions to Canada.

It's been an intense week of haggling for Mexico, the United States and Canada over the 24-year-old North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The withdrawal process would require Trump to give Mexico and Canada 6 months' notice of his intent to leave the pact.

Trump has charged that the deal wiped out American factory jobs. "With good will and flexibility on all sides, a win-win-win outcome is achievable".

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Canada is the No. 1 destination for American products shipped overseas, and more than 8 million are supported by trade with Canada, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

But he cautioned that the issues that appear to be sticking points in Canada-U.S. discussions - Canada's supply management system, dispute settlement and cultural protections - aren't likely to find many defenders south of the border. Free Trade deal, a predecessor to NAFTA, after similarly hard bargaining.

"I love Canada, but they've taken advantage of our Country for many years!"

The Trump administration had insisted that it wanted a deal by Friday, beginning a 90-day countdown that would let Mexico's Nieto sign the pact before leaving office.

United States officials say the negotiations will continue next week in an effort to reach an agreement. "At the same time, we are concerned that excluding Canada from a final agreement will limit our export opportunities and hurt the USA economy".

"Raising wages for auto workers in Mexico is directly a way for the United States to push more manufacturing back into the United States because it reduces the attractiveness of Mexico as a jurisdiction for manufacturing", she said. A Business Insider report from April said USA sanctions on Russian Federation hit it "where it hurts".

On Friday, a senior USA official emphasized that Washington was ready to move ahead with just Mexico if Canada failed to sign on. Mexico swiftly retaliated with import tariffs on some American goods, including steel, apples and pork.

The US wants Canada to open up access to American dairy products, extend patent protections for medicines and agree to eliminate worldwide panels to resolve most disputes between investors and governments.

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