Re: What should Canada give up in new NAFTASep 19th, 2018
Trump says Canada not in a ‘good trade position’ as NAFTA talks drag on
In a press conference Tuesday afternoon, U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters that Canada cannot keep charging the United States "300 per cent" on dairy products.
In the midst of tense NAFTA negotiations between the United States and Canada, negotiators have been tight-lipped about the progress of the talks, and especially on the progress on key issues like supply management and Chapter 19.
Following a meeting with the Polish President Andrzej Duda, Trump took several questions from reporters about NAFTA, as well as on sexual misconduct allegations against his Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and American relations with Poland.
On NAFTA, Trump said that "Canada has taken advantage of our country for a long time."
'We love Canada, we love the people of Canada, but they are in a position that's not a good trade position for Canada," he added. Trump also reiterated that the U.S. and Mexico had reached a tentative trade deal, which seemingly kicked NAFTA talks into overdrive.
Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has been back and forth to Washington in recent weeks as pressure mounts on the Canadian government to bring home a deal.
However, she's often repeated the position of the Liberal government: "No deal is better than a bad deal."
While she spoke to reporters on Tuesday, Freeland insisted that the environment around negotiations is one of "good will and good faith," but that Canada is fully prepared to walk away from NAFTA if a deal satisfactory to all parties cannot be reached.
However, she ended on a commonly made point, saying that "one of Canada's national characteristics is a talent for compromise."
Canada's supply-chain management has been a sticking point in the plot of the NAFTA saga, which is an aggressive cost-control policy involving domestically-raised poultry and dairy products.
Trump has repeatedly criticized Canada's dairy policy, and repeated this complaint on Tuesday afternoon.
"They cannot continue to charge us 300 per cent tariff on dairy products, and that's what they're doing," he said.
The president doesn't seem to be the only American official frustrated with Canada's approach to NAFTA negotiations, however. In a statement released to the U.S. website Politico, house majority whip Steven Scalise said there is a "growing frustration" among Congress with Canada's "negotiating tactics."
He added that Canada didn't seem willing to "make any concessions" to achieve a deal.
NAFTA talks have been ongoing for 13 months now and little is known about how much longer they'll continue -- as loosely-set deadlines continue to slide by. Freeland will return to Washington later this week to resume negotiations.
Do you think that Trump is saying all that on your behalf or on Trump's behalf.?