President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke on the phone Tuesday evening about a looming trade deal deadline, the White House said.
Both leaders are under political pressure to strike a deal before Oct. 1, when Trump must submit to Congress the text of a proposed trade deal with Mexico.
There is concern among Canadians about the economic consequences if the U.S. moves ahead with a North American Free Trade Agreement replacement without Canada. The U.S. takes about 75 percent of Canadian exports, and Trump has threatened massive tariffs.
Trump told reporters in the Oval Office last week that negotiations with Canada continued “in good faith,” addressing a perception to the contrary. One reported sticking point in trade talks is Canada’s dairy system.
Trump announced the U.S.-Mexico trade deal last month and formally notified Congress on Aug. 31 that Trump intends “to enter into a trade agreement with Mexico — and with Canada if it is willing,” leaving the door open for including both countries in a NAFTA replacement.
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders sends out this statement that read:
President Trump and Prime Minister Trudeau spoke last night. The
Prime Minister expressed his sympathies for the lives lost due to
Hurricane Florence, and the two leaders discussed trade.
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