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In midst of NAFTA talks, Trump doesn't 'think we can make a deal'

PBS NewsHour

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump shake hands during a joint news conference at the White House in Washington, Feb. 13, 2017. WASHINGTON -- Just a week into talks to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement, President Donald Trump is already threatening to abandon the 23-year-old pact with Canada and Mexico. At a high-profile campaign-style rally in Phoenix on Tuesday night, Trump predicted that the United States would "end up probably terminating" NAFTA "at some point," though he said he hadn't made a final decision. "Personally," Trump said, "I don't think we can make a deal because we have been so badly taken advantage of." The president had made the same threat in April but then reversed himself after a pushback from American businesses, especially farm groups, which have benefited from expanded access to the Mexican market resulting from NAFTA.


Canada's PM Talks Tough on NAFTA, Repeats He Could Walk Away

U.S. News

"The negotiations are complex and challenging ... I've said many times, we are not going to take any old deal," Trudeau told a sometimes raucous town hall event in the Pacific province of British Columbia. "Canada is willing to walk away from NAFTA if the United States proposes a bad deal."


Negotiators Give up Hope of Rewriting NAFTA This Year

U.S. News

A fourth round of negotiations between the U.S., Mexico and Canada ended in mutual exasperation Tuesday. Talks will continue next month in Mexico City and will spill over into next year. The negotiators had originally hoped to reach an agreement this year -- before Mexico's presidential election and U.S. midterms turn up the political pressure in 2018.


Canada Postpones U.N. Address to Focus on NAFTA

U.S. News

For the past month, Canada has been locked in tense discussions with the United States to reach common ground on revamping the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) after Mexico and Washington said they had reached a deal on Aug. 27.


Trump Says Canada Not Needed in NAFTA Deal, Warns Congress Not to Interfere

U.S. News

Trump on Monday threatened to slap tariffs on Canadian-made cars if Canada did not join the talks to revamp NAFTA, which he has repeatedly criticized. Trump on Saturday, in his Twitter posts, reprised his attacks that NAFTA has resulted in a loss of U.S. jobs and business.