Trump says 'no political necessity' to keep Canada in NAFTA

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Trudeau worked the phones Saturday in the aftermath of Friday's deadlocked trade negotiations with Washington. "If we don't make a fair deal for the USA after decades of abuse, Canada will be out".

"There is no political necessity to keep Canada in the new NAFTA deal", the president wrote on Twitter.

The decades-old trilateral trade agreement, which was first signed in 1994, has been a frequent target of Trump, who has criticized large trade deficits the US has with Mexico and Canada, as well as the relocation of American jobs and companies. Free Trade Agreement, which preceded NAFTA.

"If we don't make a fair deal for the USA after decades of abuse, Canada will be out", Trump said Saturday.

In his final tweet about NAFTA on Saturday, Trump reiterated that NAFTA was "one of the worst trade deals ever made", adding that "we were better off before NAFTA - should never have been signed!"

He says on Twitter that a deal will go ahead with or without Canada's involvement, and if Congress tries to intervene, he will "terminate NAFTA entirely".




Trump has repeatedly cited NAFTA's auto sector regulations and the Canadian government's supply management system for dairy as two elements of trade between the two countries which negatively affect the U.S. The deal would then not be a reworked version of NAFTA, but a bilateral U.S. -Mexico trade deal.

Canadian officials, speaking on background Saturday, said they were not going to respond to tweets.

A spokesperson for the prime minister was asked for comment on the threats, but declined to address them directly.

The U.S. and Mexico negotiated a new pact to replace NAFTA, snubbing Canada in the process.

Lawmakers on Friday warned that a deal with Mexico could struggle to win approval from Congress unless Canada was also included.

"We will only sign a deal if it is a good deal for Canada", Trudeau said Friday, according to the Star.

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