NAFTA talks could continue into 2019: report
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Negotiations between the U.S., Canada and Mexico regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement could stretch into 2019, according to a report from The Washington Post.

Executives and officials close to the talks told the Post they are concerned the talks could be delayed after the original negotiation deadline extended from 2017 to March of this year. 

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A U.S. trade official told the Post that “won’t be surprising if the talks continue” past March, while the executive director of Farmers for Free Trade, Brian Kuehl, said there were concerns on his end that the talks could go into next year. 

Officials from the three countries are set to meet in Montreal on Monday to continue the negotiations. 

The delay could politically impact President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district MORE, who campaigned on removing the U.S. from the pact or renegotiating the deal with Canada and Mexico. 

Trump reportedly might end up asking Congress to extend his “fast track” negotiating authority, which ends in June. 

Talks could be paused after March as Mexico prepares for a July presidential election, which would put the negotiations close to the 2018 midterm elections in the U.S.