Trump Won't Compromise With Canada in NAFTA Deal

Canada's dairy industry has become a central issue in a growing trade dispute with the United States

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Freeland resumed talks for a fourth day on Friday.

With the U.S. deadline to get an agreement by Friday, there were reports the sides were struggling to find compromise on the NAFTA mechanism for resolving trade disputes and on Canada's managed dairy market.

The talks are meant to bring Canada into a new trade accord that would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. I think, at this point, we know what each side needs and we're working hard to find a way.

President Donald Trump is moving forward with a bilateral trade deal with Mexico after talks with Canada to finish a full North American Free Trade Agreement overhaul stalled Friday.

The official told reporters on a conference call that the administration was on track to publish text of the accord within 30 days as required by the fast-track statute.

Talks between the USA and Canada about amending the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) have ended for the week with no deal in sight.

Canadian and U.S. trade officials failed to come to an agreement by a deadline imposed by President Trump, but both sides said that progress had been made.

Talks between U.S. and Canadian officials failed to produce an agreement Friday.

Another person familiar with talks said preserving Chapter 19 remains very important to Canada. But Freeland said earlier on Friday her team is "not there yet" in resolving still big differences. The Star cited "a source" in its report. In response, Lindsay Walters, a White House spokeswoman, said only, "The Canadian and American negotiators continue to work on reaching a win-win deal that benefits both countries".

Trump told the Bloomberg reporters on Thursday that he will not make any compromises in the talks with Canada - but that he couldn't say so publicly because "it's going to be so insulting they're not going to be able to make a deal".

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.

"I gave an interview yesterday to Bloomberg Business, and I said 'off the record, ' and I made a statement about Canada, which is fine because I love Canada but they have taken advantage of our country for many years", Trump explained. And his team said it preferred bi-lateral, or two-way, deals with each of Canada and Mexico.

Issues that have led to discord between the neighbouring countries include Canada's dairy trade rules, dispute-handling mechanisms and patent protections for medicines.

"I said off the record, off the record, I said something strong, that is my belief".

Mr Trump has expressed his distaste for multilateral trade agreements on many occasions. 'We are confident that a win-win-win deal is possible, and we're always going to stand up for the national interest and Canadian values'.

Trump has repeatedly criticized Canada's dairy industry and has used the threat of tariffs on Canada's auto production to push for concessions.

"We've all had a night to reflect, and I'm looking forward to hearing what Ambassador [Robert] Lighthizer has to say this morning", Chrystia Freeland, Canada's foreign minister, told reporters as she headed into a meeting with the United States trade representative.

Indeed, Trump sent a letter to Congress as U.S.

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