Offbeat Trump tells Trudeau on NAFTA: US will agree to fair deal or ‘no deal at all’

07:13  01 june  2018
07:13  01 june  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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President Donald Trump spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday, the day that the United States announced tariffs on Canada and told Trudeau that there would be a “ fair deal ” or “ no deal at all ” on NAFTA .

Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum will only come off if new & fair NAFTA agreement is signed,” Trump tweeted Monday in a pair of posts. Trudeau said early last month that he would “walk away” if the U . S . proposed a “bad deal .”

Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau are posing for a picture © Provided by The Hill

President Trump issued a stern warning to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday, saying that the U.S. would either accept a "fair deal" on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) or none at all.

"The United States has been taken advantage of for many decades on trade. Those days are over," Trump said in a statement issued to reporters by the White House.

"Earlier today, this message was conveyed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada: The United State will agree to a fair deal, or there will be no deal at all."

In a news conference earlier Thursday, Trudeau said that he scrapped a planned trip to Washington to finalize a new deal on NAFTA after Vice President Pence demanded that any agreement expire after five years.

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Canada will seek a good and fair deal at the negotiating table on NAFTA in order to create a. Trudeau told students and faculty members at the University of Chicago that his country agrees to modernize and improve the almost 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement ( NAFTA )

Trump says he's giving NAFTA renegotiation 'a good strong, shot' but he'll terminate the agreement if he can't get a ' fair deal ' for American workers. Justin Trudeau is pictured with Donald Trump in the Oval Office on February 13, 2017, during a visit. Scrapping NAFTA could also hurt US farmers, whose

Trudeau said that he made clear to Pence in a phone call on Tuesday that he would never sign a pact with a sunset clause.

A White House official told The Hill that the sunset clause was one of several issues that the Trump administration wanted "clarity" on, and that it would continue to pursue NAFTA negotiations with Canada and Mexico.

Trump has repeatedly threatened to withdraw from NAFTA unless it is renegotiated to fix what he has described as unfair terms for the U.S.

Negotiators have sought for months to hammer out a reworked pact amid broader backlash over Trump's move to impose tariffs on several nations.

The latest sharp words between the leaders of the two countries came as Trump on Thursday moved ahead with his decision to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, prompting global leaders to warn of various retaliatory measures.

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