Trump envoy says U.S.-Canada friendship will endure

Marco Green
July 6, 2018

"Given the current political climate, I don't think it would be appropriate", Fraser said in an emailed statement. "I think it is going to be fine", Trump said.

"Canada and Mexico are close friends and longtime partners".

That effort is expected to intensify following Monday's election win by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has already said he supports the continued renegotiation of NAFTA and wants his own team of experts to be part of the talks before he takes office December 1.

Following his overwhelming majority win, Mexico's president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he supports reaching a deal on renegotiating NAFTA with the United States and Canada. But that effort has stalled, and Trump said Sunday that he didn't expect a deal that he could support until after the US midterm elections in November. "Make no mistake about it".

The retaliatory tariffs unveiled by Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on Friday mostly target USA steel and aluminum products, but also hit consumer food products, such as coffee, ketchup and whiskey. The U.S. Commerce Department is expected to hold hearings on auto tariffs in late July and to complete its investigation into auto imports later this summer. "It has really hit their bottom line", he told Cullen Tuesday. "We'll see what happens, but I believe it's going to be a very good one", Trump said during an Oval Office meeting with the prime minister of the Netherlands.

Speaking Sunday in Leamington, Ontario, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau thanked Canadians for standing united against President Donald Trump's sanctions.

But with Trump's inflammatory rhetoric, Canada's retaliatory tariffs against the USA and a leftist, anti-establishment Mexican president about to join the fray, there are some who believe any North American Free Trade Agreement talks may be in long-term limbo. In response to those tariffs, Canada responded with a $16 billion retaliatory set of tariffs on everything from iron to playing cards.

In the interview on Fox News Channel's "Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo", Trump again threatened to impose tariffs on imported cars, trucks and auto parts, saying, "The cars are the big ones". Free Trade Agreement and NAFTA, said he doesn't go to many functions anymore - but he decided to make a point of attending this year's party after he heard that some people planned to avoid it. Trudeau's office said the prime minister "conveyed that Canada has had no choice but to announce reciprocal countermeasures" to the USA tariffs.

"The first rule of a new NAFTA is: first, do no harm".

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