Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Trump Rejected PM Trudeau Meeting over Refusal to Negotiate Canadian Dairy Tariffs

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said US President Donald Trump's trade tariffs were Canada Not Making ‘Essential’ Trade Concessions According to Lighthizer AFP25 Sep 2018
Lindsey Cook | 27 September, 2018, 11:15

U.S. President Donald Trump said he rejected a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over Canada's dairy tariffs, negotiating style and because his people do not like Canada's "representative". Trudeau's remarks at his closing news conference, where he called USA steel and aluminum tariffs "insulting" and said he would proceed with counter-tariffs, set off Trump and prompted him to revoke his support for that summit's closing statement.

"We know that Canada's interests are what we have to stand up for and we will", Trudeau said, speaking at the Council of Foreign Relations in NY. "That's the big one".

After meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, Trump announced his support for a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine, Axios reports.

President Trump's tough stance on fair trade practices has helped secure an agreement with Mexico, and now it's forcing Canada to come to the negotiation table.

And then, for good measure: "We don't like their representative very much".

President Trump confirmed Wednesday he rejected the opportunity to meet privately with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Congress has until the end of the month to approve any trade deals, which means Canada may have to wait until lawmakers reconvene.

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A senior Canadian official told CBC News the Trump comments should be seen in the context of the continuing negotiations.

While the talks have been "challenging", the ball is on the USA side of the court, MacNaughton said at an event in Toronto hosted by the US website Politico.

Returning to criticizing Canada, he ripped America's neighbor to the north for a long-imposed tariff of almost 300 percent on some dairy products. "Under our deal, not going to happen anymore".

A Trump administration official said the text of a side deal the United States has reached with Mexico was set to be published on Friday.

He added that the United States was more than willing to slap tariffs on Canadian auto imports, if Canada didn't acquiesce to his demands to reduce tariffs on US dairy. Supporters of Mexico's incoming government, which takes office December 1, are not especially fond of NAFTA, which is why both countries want the deal done before then.

The US administration has recently turned up the heat on Canada, trying to push for a concluded deal by this Sunday or else Canada risks being left out of a revised NAFTA agreement.

First, there were the comments from USA national security adviser John Bolton, who suggested Monday that requests for a bilateral meeting "couldn't be accommodated".

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