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President Donald Trump center shakes hands with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto looks on after they signed a new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement that is replacing the NAFTA trade deal during a

And dairy remains a sticking point with the influential Canadian dairy lobby urging Trudeau's government not to sign the trade deal as it gives the United States expanded access to Canada's dairy, egg, and poultry markets.

The leaders of the three countries agreed on a deal in principle to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which governs more than $1.2 trillion of mutual trade, after acrimonious negotiations concluded on September 30.

The signing was done on Pena Nieto's last day in office, a target the countries had pushed for in a bid to have it sealed before his successor, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, takes power Saturday. He said that it "lifts the risk of serious economic uncertainty that lingers throughout a trade renegotiation process - uncertainty that would have only gotten worse and more damaging if we had not reached a new NAFTA".

Asked Thursday why the two had no meeting scheduled, Trump said: "I would have met with him but we didn't set that one up".

Last year, Rubio said any new trade agreement should increase "oversight and enforcement" of illegal trade practices and that Mexico should have to raise its minimum labor and environmental standards to "limit excessive and unfair production cost advantages" over USA farmers. The U.S. continues to push for a quota in exchange for lifting the tariffs on Canada and Mexico, which have applied their own retaliatory levies.

The negotiations were long and at times acrimonious, with Freeland and her delegation learning first-hand what it's like to negotiate with President Donald Trump's administration, in particular his trade emissaries - U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and his deputy, C.J. Mahoney.

United States objections to Canada's protected internal market for dairy products was a major challenge facing negotiators during the talks, and Trump repeatedly demanded concessions and accused Canada of hurting USA farmers.

"Make no mistake we will stand up for our workers and fight for their families and communities - and Donald, it's all the more reason why we need to keep working to remove the tariffs on steel and aluminum between our countries", Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the president.

President Donald Trump Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau right and Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Neto left participate in the USMCA signing ceremony Friday Nov. 30 2018 in Buenos Aires Argentina

The new agreement is to be known as the USMCA (U.S. -Mexico-Canada Agreement) in U.S. law and CUSMA (with Canada first) in Canadian law. The new deal replaced the much-debated NAFTA agreement.

It covers the same three countries as before.

Mr Trump thanked his collaborators for "the work they put into" the agreement, including his financial advisor Peter Navarro and the U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo.

"There's much more work to do in lowering trade barriers and in fostering growth that benefits everyone", Trudeau said. "Instead, we have a deal that locks in numerous old rules that have driven farmers out of agriculture for more than two decades".

US tariffs on steel and aluminum remain in the agreement, something the three sides have been trying to iron out.

But the USA landscape will shift significantly in January when Democrats take control of the House of Representatives, after winning midterm elections in November.

For a auto to receive duty-free treatment, 75 percent of its parts have to be manufactured in North America. ME companies mostly dodged Canadian tariffs imposed this summer in retaliation for the steel and aluminum taxes.

Legislatures from Mexico and Canada, as well as Congress, must approve the deal before it is finalized. These tariffs were not addressed by this trade deal. -Canada Agreement, is also being considered - according to a report from Canada's National Post.

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