Trump says ‘no political necessity’ to keep Canada in new NAFTA deal


"Trumka, the head of the AFL-CIO, represented his union poorly on television this weekend", Trump said in a tweet.

"Some of the things he said were so against the working men and women of our country, and the success of the USA itself, that it is easy to see why unions are doing so poorly".

President Trump notified Congress on Friday that he plans to sign an agreement in 90 days with Mexico to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement - and hopes Canada can brought on board, too.

In the remarks that were published by the Toronto Sun on Friday, Trump said that he did not intend to make any concessions to Canada during the NAFTA negotiations. While the majority of Americans, including Congress believe we are friends with Canada, and this is a friendship that goes back hundreds of years, some people also believe Trump is no friend to Canada or anyone else, unless it suits his own personal agenda.

Under NAFTA's withdrawal rules, Trump must give six months' notice to the leaders of Canada and Mexico, the other stakeholders in the current pact, to pull out the U.S. He also must seek the support of Congress to pass such a change.

On Saturday, President Donald Trump tweeted that Canada will be left out of the new NAFTA agreement if a fair deal can't be reached, stating there was "no political necessity" for its inclusion. "So, overall, workers aren't doing as well".

CTV News Canada notes, Gilles LeVasseur, a business and law professor at the University of Ottawa, said Trump's Saturday Tweets may suggest he could be nervous that he might fail to have Congressional support because Congress is pro-trade.

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Echoing Trumka's words about the need to include Canada in any revised deal, Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, said that any new agreement must include all three countries.

Trump's comments came after the United States and Canada failed to meet a Friday deadline imposed by the Trump administration to revamp the NAFTA trade agreement as major differences remain in bilateral talks.

But Freeland could not break an impasse in four days of negotiations with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. "If we don't make a fair deal for the USA after decades of abuse, Canada will be out", Trump said on Twitter.

"It is Trump's bluster at best, but obviously he is not going to force anyone into a bad deal", said Jerry Dias, president of the Canadian private-sector union Unifor. The talks were constructive, and we made progress. His work has also appeared in Salon, Raw Story, Truthdig, National Memo, Philadelphia Weekly, Democratic Underground, L.A. Weekly, MintPress News and many other publications. "It's hard to see how that would work without Canada on the deal".

At this key time, Canada can not let up on its targeted cultivation of USA contacts, former Canadian diplomat Colin Robertson said, in order to keep pressure on the White House not to leave Canada by the wayside.

"Right now, the US has the negotiating leverage in the negotiating room but Canada has the leverage in terms of Congress, the business community and the general USA public, but that balance will not last forever", Ujczo said.