Trump Says ‘Canada Will Be Out’ Without ‘Fair Deal’ on Nafta

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U.S. President Donald Trump is warning Congress not to interfere with his plans for a new North American Free Trade Agreement, lest he cancel the deal entirely. Canadians are stunned by the repeated broadsides from what had always been their closest ally and some have even begun boycotts.

He also called out Canada for 'decades of trade abuse, ' saying if the two nations can't negotiate a fair deal, talks will be off.

Lawmakers on Friday warned that a deal with Mexico could struggle to win approval from Congress unless Canada was also included. "Congress should not interfere w/ these negotiations or I will simply terminate NAFTA entirely & we will be far better off..."

Trump went on to blame the agreement, which went into effect in 1994, for costing the USA "millions" of manufacturing and other jobs over the course of two decades.

Trump on Friday notified Congress of his intent to sign a bilateral deal with Mexico, after contentious talks with Canada ended on Friday without a deal to revamp NAFTA.

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It's unclear where Canada and the USA stand in negotiations and whether NAFTA talks could soon come to a close.

Tensions between the USA and Canada heightened on Friday, after the Toronto Star obtained and published off-the-record remarks Trump made in an interview with Bloomberg News, during which he admitted that he would not make any compromises in order to secure an agreement. "Oh well, just more dishonest reporting. At least Canada knows where I stand!"

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has said she remains optimistic that a deal can be reached. The U.S. lost thousands of businesses and millions of jobs.

"As we've said all week, we're working toward a modernized NAFTA, a modernized NAFTA that will be good for Canada and the middle class", said Cameron Ahmad.

USA goods and services trade with Canada totaled an estimated $544.9 billion in 2016, with a trade surplus of $11.2 billion.

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