President Trump moved forward with plans to present an independent trade agreement with Mexico to Congress on Friday after leaked comments, in which he said he would not commit to Canada, spoiled a three-way agreement in the short term.
Trump told Bloomberg News in unofficial comments that ended in The Toronto Star that he did not want to say publicly that he rejected the offers of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau because it would be "so insulting" to reach an agreement. on hold.
The comments leaked, and Trump repeatedly blamed Bloomberg for the "serious violation," although it was not clear if it came from the newsagent's store.
On Friday, the United States said that the talks with Canada remained "constructive" & # 39; and that he hopes to include the northern neighbor in the agreement he plans to present in 30 days before Congress.
President Trump moved forward with plans to present an independent trade agreement with Mexico before Congress on Friday after leaked comments, in which he said he would not commit to Canada, ruined a three-way agreement
Trump told Bloomberg News in unofficial comments that ended in The Toronto Star that he did not want to say publicly that he rejected the offers of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau because it would be "so insulting" that an agreement be put on hold.
Trump said Monday that he was finalizing the North American Free Trade Agreement and that he would go alone with Mexico, unless Canada participates. He has seen him with Trudeau in Canada in June
Trump said Monday that he was finalizing the North American Free Trade Agreement and that he would go alone with Mexico, unless Canada participates.
He said his administration would be informing Congress about its plans on Friday, setting a 30-day timer to present a deal and a 60-day timer to sign the text.
In an announcement from the Oval Office, Trump said the NAFTA was a "scam". for the United States and that the new pact, which he called the Trade Agreement between the United States and Mexico, will be "incredible". for both countries.
The president said he was getting rid of the name of NAFTA because it has a "bad connotation" and the United States was hurt for many years by the trilateral agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico. He said it would be over & # 39; completely the agreement previously established.
As the talks continued, Trump conducted a wide-ranging interview with Bloomberg News. At one point, he requested that the registry not appear, a condition to which the journalists who conducted the interview agreed.
The Toronto Star obtained and published the unofficial remarks in the face of Trump's public disgust. The publication said that Trump's comments backed Canada's suspicion that the United States was not negotiating in good faith. He presented the comments to the Canadian government on Friday morning when officials engaged in critical conversations with their counterparts in Washington.
Trudeau was not in Washington for the talks, but said from Canada: "We will only sign an agreement if it is good business for Canada."
"Again, no agreement is better than a bad treatment for Canada and for Canadians, and that is exactly what we stand firm in. However, we know that it is possible to reach an agreement that works in the interest of all", said Trudeau.
The Canadian leader also said: "Over the past year and a half, there have been many things that have been said from time to time, I think people have noticed that our government's approach is always constructive, positive, getting involved in the bottom of the problems and show that we understand that the way forward is to ensure that everyone wins everywhere. & # 39;
The president lashed out at Bloomberg in a Friday afternoon event as "very dishonorable people" for sharing the comments he made and that the news channel did not leak.
He said that outside the registry is not a legal term, but "violated it" and did it on purpose.
Trump threw sparks on Twitter: "Wow, I made OFF THE RECORD COMMENTS to Bloomberg regarding Canada, and this powerful understanding was violated clearly. Oh, well, just more dishonest reports. I'm used to it. At least Canada knows where I am!
The White House was looking for Friday the source of the leak that some observers believe came from inside.
The president admitted having made the statements that would have been recorded at his afternoon event. He never claimed that he did not do them, only that they were not meant to be shared.
He told Bloomberg on the record, according to a transcript published by the newspaper, "I think Canada is going to reach an agreement at some point, it could be before Friday, or it could be within a period of time. another option.
"I think we are close to an agreement, yes," he said.
The deal he said Monday that the United States had reached with Mexico is "incredible" and will help keep American companies in the United States.
"NAFTA was the worst business, one of the worst deals ever made," he said.
Speaking to Bloomberg unofficially, he said an agreement was possible "entirely on our terms" and that he had threatened the Trudeau government in talks with tariffs on Canadian cars.
& # 39; Outside the registry, Canada is working hard. And every time we have a problem with a point, I just put a picture of a Chevrolet Impala, "said Trump.
According to The Toronto Star, Trump also said: "Here is the problem, if I say no, the answer is no, if I say no, you will put it, and it will be so insulting that they will not be able to reach an agreement … I can not kill to these people. "
As the president was speaking in North Carolina at an event, he said that if an agreement with Canada is not reached, we will have to pay the cars to enter. That's a lot of money that goes into the coffers of the United States. State. & # 39;
Trump said: "NAFTA was a disaster and we have changed it."
Just as I was wrapping up, the US Commercial Representatives office. UU He issued a statement saying that the United States was sending a formal notice to Congress, as required 90 days before an agreement is signed, which has an agreement with Mexico so that Canada can join later.
"Today the President notified Congress of his intention to sign a trade agreement with Mexico, and Canada, if he so wishes, within 90 days The agreement is the most advanced and highest-level trade agreement in the world. , Congress and legal advisors from civil society and the private sector will be able to examine the agreement, and they will discover that it has enormous benefits for our workers, farmers, ranchers and businesses, "said Ambassador Lighthizer.
The statement stated: "We have also been negotiating with Canada throughout this one-year process, this week those meetings continued at all levels, the talks were constructive and we progressed, our officials continue to work towards an agreement."
The talks will continue next week between Lighthizer and Canadian Chancellor Chrystia Freeland.
Freeland said at a news conference on Friday afternoon that he is not negotiating with Trump: he is working with Lighthizer, whom he suggested he trust.
She said that Lighthizer had "brought good faith and goodwill to the negotiating table" during the past year, that they had been talking to each other.
"It will take flexibility everywhere to reach an agreement at the end," he said in a rebuke to Trump. "We are confident that a win-win-win agreement will be possible, and we will always defend the national interest and Canadian values."
Later, he recalled, "Canada will only sign an agreement that is good business for Canada."