Trump said Wednesday that Trudeau had sought a meeting with him during the United Nations General Assembly in NY, but Trump refused to participate because he doesn't like how Canada was approaching the trade discussions.
A spokesperson for the Prime Minister's Office curtly rejected the notion to CTV News, saying "no meeting was requested" with Trump. "That's the big one". He said there is a possibility that Canada could build on what has already been agreed between the United States and Mexico. "I have everybody... so many friends", he said.
Trump went on to criticize Canadian officials and how they have negotiated during the recent NAFTA talks. We don't like their representative very much, ' Trump said in an apparent reference to Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, who has been negotiating with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.
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Get direct access to our top weekly content, contests, and perks.. The U.S. had been pressing to reach a deal that included Canada as well, but talks are expected to continue anyhow.
Mr Trump said he turned down a meeting with the prime minister because he did not like Canada's dairy tariffs.
All three countries have pushed to reach an agreement by October 1 so it can be signed by Mexico's outgoing president before he leaves office December 1, while complying with a USA law that says the text of a new trade deal must be released 60 days before it's signed. The spokesperson declined further comment on Trump's news conference. Fox Business reporter Susan Lee asked Trump in a press conference at the United Nations General Assembly in NY.
Returning to criticizing Canada, he ripped America's neighbor to the north for a long-imposed tariff of almost 300 percent on some dairy products.More news: Weather: Up to 30 mm rain forecast through Wednesday
"I'm not going to use the name 'NAFTA, '" he said. "If Canada doesn't make a deal with us, we're going to make a much better deal - we're going to tax the cars that come in". I've never liked it, it's been very bad for the United States.
"I don't really see the elements of a deal", said Mark Warner, a Toronto-based trade lawyer.
"They (the United States and Mexico) made certain agreements", he said. "Canada will come along", said Trump who added that if they don't make a deal, the USA will "make a much better deal" by taxing Canadian auto exports to the U.S. "We will put billions and billions of dollars into our Treasury".More news: Tiger Woods caps comeback with Tour Championship victory