Canada-U.S. deal possible, says Donald Trump after meeting Justin Trudeau

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Canada-U.S. deal possible, says Donald Trump after meeting Justin Trudeau

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 12 Oct 2017

Washington, Oct 12 (IBNS): After meeting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Donald Trump hinted at the possibility of a bilateral deal between the two countries, media reports said.

Trump even said that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) can be scrapped to make the bilateral deal, leaving out Mexico.

While the reporters have asked Trump about the possibility of a bilateral deal, the US President reacted to say: "Oh sure, absolutely."

"It's possible we won't be able to reach a deal with one or the other. But in the meantime we'll be able to make a deal with one. But I think we have a chance to do something very creative that's good for Canada, Mexico and the United States," Trump told reporters.

However, Trudeau suggested that may be he is still in favour of a continental deal, contradicting once again with his American counterpart.

Trudeau told reporters that he is still optimistic about the NAFTA though Canada needs to be "ready for anything".

"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," Trudeau was quoted by CBC News.

Trudeau, who is on his second visit to the US, seemed to be polite about Trump despite Canada's repeated collision with the US due to the NAFTA negotiations.

The Canadian PM,  while addressing a gathering at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit recently, with the US president's daughter Ivanka in the crowd listening to him, said his approach towards reaching out to Trump remains the same like any other global leader.

Though they differ on a number of issues, still "look for areas of agreement", Trudeau said.

"I have conversations with the president every few weeks on a number of things," Trudeau said.

Canada is presently negotiating with the US regarding the NAFTA, an agreement which came into force from January 1994 by Canada, Mexico and United States creating a trilateral trade bloc in North America.

For last one and a half years, US President Trump criticised the agreement and also hinted to take some serious steps being in the administration or at least send some ultimatums.

Both Canada and the US differ in the climate change.

The US has already announced their withdrawal from the Paris Climate and the process of coming out from it is underway.

On the other hand, Canada wants a new NAFTA with a reference to the global climate issues and make necessary steps to tackle them.

In the negotitations, Canada is working for a better labour and environmental provisions.

Both Canada and the US are in favour of making an environment agreement in the new NAFTA instead of designing a separate deal.

The two nations also want to make certain provisions to prevent NAFTA nations from violating the rules for the sake of drawing investments.

However, in the last month, Premier Kathleen Wynne threatened the US of imposing similar trade barriers if the US continues with their 'Buy American' policy.

The policy is favoured by the US President Donald Trump.

The US is trying to include the 'Buy American' policy in the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement ) also, though the Canadian government said they are resisting the pressure.

 

(Reporting by Souvik Ghosh)

Canada-U.S. deal possible, says Donald Trump after meeting Justin Trudeau

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