Report: Trump Privately Says He Won’t Compromise With Canada In NAFTA Deal

pose during the G7 official welcome at Le Manoir Richelieu on day one of the G7 meeting in Quebec on June 8, 2018 in Quebec City, Canada. Canada will host the leaders of the UK, Italy, the US, France, Germany and Japan for the two day summit, in the town of La Malbaie.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Toronto Star reports that President Donald Trump has said privately that he won’t make compromises with Canada in high-stakes talks to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The report appeared to raise doubt about whether the two countries can reach a deal soon to keep Canada in the trading bloc.

The Star obtained the comments from a Trump interview with Bloomberg News. Trump wanted the comments to remain private because otherwise “it’s going to be so insulting they’re not going to be able to make a deal.”

In response, Lindsay Walters, a White House spokeswoman, said only, “The Canadian and American negotiators continue to work on reaching a win-win deal that benefits both countries.”

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters about the talks, “We aren’t there yet.”

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