No deal yet in US, Canada NAFTA talks

Canada Trade Talks In Jeopardy After Leaked ‘Off The Record’ Trump Comments

President Donald Trump has threatened to leave Canada on the sidelines since announcing a breakthrough with Mexico on Monday, but the U.S. president and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have both expressed optimism a deal is close.

Trumka's comments come after Trump warned Canada on Saturday that it "will be out" of a revised NAFTA deal unless it's "fair" to the USA, and threatened to scrap the current deal should Congress "interfere" with the negotiations.

"It's pretty hard to see how that would work without having Canada in the deal", Trump said.

The 24-year-old NAFTA tore down most trade barriers dividing the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Trade tensions between the United States and Canada increased after the Toronto Star newspaper quoted Trump as saying he would sign a deal only if it was "totally on our terms". Canada is the second-biggest trading partner of the USA, and Mexico is the third.

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a bill signing event at Harris Conference Center August 31, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

A breakthrough may require a tradeoff between the two nations.

Throughout the day Friday, it became increasingly clear that Canada and the US would be unable to reach an agreement.

But the talks with Canada snagged over the mechanisms used to resolve disputes among partners, and on Ottawa's strictly controlled dairy sector.

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NAFTA now contains three chapters with so-called dispute-resolution mechanisms in a range of cases, such as company complaints or anti-dumping disputes.

The U.S. says the panel overrides the American court system and its sovereignty.

In the view of the Canadians, this gives them leverage at the bargaining table, an assessment backed by Ujczo. -Canada talks are set to resume next week.

Mexico's Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said he expected to rejoin his USA and Canadian counterparts for trilateral talks. "When you're dealing with a country 10 times your size, you don't have a lot of leverage". Ottawa does have other complaints.

Canada doesn't have much of an objection to the auto provisions of the U.S.

Fast-forward to Thursday, when Trump told reporters for Bloomberg that he was deliberately undermining the negotiations with Canada by refusing to make any concessions.

"At least Canada knows how I feel". Trump, in those comments, said that he was taking a hardline stand in trade discussions with the U.S.' northern neighbor. The disagreement is seen as a separate issue, they said. "When it comes to lumber, we have always had a problem with Canada". American and Canadian negotiators will return to negotiations on Wednesday.

The president's treatment of Canada through this process is the "definition of insanity", Bruce Heyman, the former US ambassador to Canada, told CNBC's Squawk on the Street on Sunday.

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