Trump threatens to leave Canada out of new NAFTA deal

WASHINGTON-President Trump said Canada would be left out of a new North American Free Trade Agreement if a "fair deal for the U.S." isn't reached-and warned Congress he would terminate the deal entirely if the lawmakers interfere in the negotiations.

Trump, however, kept up the pressure on social media, saying "there is no political necessity to keep Canada in the new NAFTA deal". Canadians are stunned by the repeated broadsides from what had always been their closest ally and some have even begun boycotts.

Trump also warned US lawmakers, who have become increasingly uneasy that the new trade deal, formally signalled in a letter to Congress Friday, might not include Canada.

"Congress should not interfere [with] these negotiations or I will simply terminate NAFTA entirely [and] we will be far better off".

Canada's foreign affairs minister, Chrystia Freeland, was engaged in NAFTA negotiations for the better part of last week after news broke that the US and Mexico had tentatively agreed to a new trade pact to replace the current agreement. The president also suggested he might leave Canada out of the new agreement - which would be called the "United States-Mexico Trade Agreement".

Trump has railed against the publication of his comments in tweets and public statements, though he did not appear to dispute the substance of his remarks.

It's unclear where Canada and the US stand in negotiations and whether NAFTA talks could soon come to a close. "Oh well, just more dishonest reporting".

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has said she remains optimistic that a deal can be reached.

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks before signing an executive order on strengthening retirement security in America at Harris Conference Center in Charlotte, NC, U.S., August 31, 2018. We were far better off before NAFTA - should never have been signed. Trump struck a preliminary deal with Mexico earlier this week, signaling that NAFTA, which Trump has long railed against, could be replaced.

  • Tracy Klein