Trump raises possibility of Canada-US deal in meeting with Trudeau

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President Trump said Wednesday that he is taking "tougher" approach on North Korea than some of his advisers and is determined to solve the problem of Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

"I think Canadians are aware that the American administration and the president makes decisions that surprise people from time to time", Trudeau said, "and that is something that we are very much aware of, and very braced for and conscious of".

And while Higgins routinely votes against trade agreements, arguing they are often too broad, too vague and skewed against the American worker, he acknowledged that the Buffalo area would likely suffer if the United States did not have a trade deal with its neighbor to the north. He offered one piece of advice, albeit in vague terms: He urged other parties to try seeing the issue through the U.S. government's eyes, and finding solutions it can sell.

Again this week, U.S. President Donald Trump was ruminating on the imminent demise of the free-trade pact. However, rising tensions over U.S. protectionist policies are threatening to dismantle or at least slow progress, according to various reports.

On rules of origin, the Trump administration has said it wants to "incentivize the sourcing of goods and materials from the United States and North America".

"It's possible we won't be able to make a deal and it's possible that we will", Trump told reporters at the White House. The House ways and means committee holds responsibility for trade agreements and tariffs, and Trudeau will meet today with its chair, Rep. Kevin Brady, and its ranking Democrat, Rep. Richard Neal. Guillermo Vogel, a steel company executive, co-chaired the event in Mexico, which included closed-door talks regarding NAFTA with Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray and Economy Minister Idelfonso Guajardo, who are responsible for Mexico's involvement in the negotiations, Reuters reported.

In the letter, the chambers made their case for why business leaders believe the 24-year agreement with Canada and Mexico "has created American jobs, boosted economic growth, and strengthened local economies", urging Trump to "support America's workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses of all sizes by protecting and preserving the deep economic ties and benefits the United States continues to enjoy under NAFTA". "So we'll see what happens with NAFTA".

Harper stepped into the role of political analyst during a panel discussion in Washington with a coincidence of timing that bordered on the surreal Wednesday.

"I think we end up coming up with a better agreement, a more modern agreement", he said.

"They're going to do well and we're going to do well. But it isn't. That argument is neither true of motor vehicles nor of manufactured goods in general". "But maybe that won't be necessary but it has to be fair to both countries".

"He recognizes that that's one of the fundamental issues being updated", Reed said.

"I don't think there's an appetite for blowing it all up, other than the president's occasional tweets".

While the letter was addressed to President Trump, it was also intended for a second audience.

They include Rona Ambrose, the former interim Conservative leader, and former Progressive Conservative prime minister Brian Mulroney, who gave an unprecedented briefing to Trudeau's cabinet on Trump, who is a friend.

"These will be met with widespread opposition from Canada and Mexico".

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