Canadian foreign minister to resume trade negotiations in DC

Canadian foreign minister to resume trade negotiations in DC
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Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland will travel to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday for trade talks following the announcement of a new agreement between the U.S. and Mexico. 

Freeland's spokesperson, Adam Austen, said in a statement the announcement was "encouraging" and said she will "continue negotiations" with the U.S. while in the nation's capital. 

"We will only sign a new NAFTA that is good for Canada and good for the middle class. Canada's signature is required," Austen said. 


President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address MORE's announcement on Monday with Mexico has ramped up pressure on Canada to agree to new terms to remain a part of a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

During remarks at the White House, Trump cast doubt on whether Canada would be open to a new trade agreement.

“We’ll see if Canada can be part of deal,” he said, adding that the two nations would begin talking “relatively soon.”

Trump said Monday that he plans to scrap the existing NAFTA agreement and move forward with the deal he announced with Mexico, which he said he planned to call the “United States-Mexico Trade Agreement.”

Canada, which has not participated in NAFTA renegotiation talks since July, would need to agree to an overhaul involving all three countries.

Trump threatened to slap tariffs on Canadian auto imports if the country does not sign on to a new deal. 

"I think with Canada, frankly, the easiest thing we can do is to tariff their cars coming in," he said. "It's a tremendous amount of money and it's a very simple negotiation. It could end in one day and we take in a lot of money the following day."

Updated at 4:13 p.m.