"It is possible that we may not be able to hear us with one or the other of the two countries", said the billionaire Donald Trump in front of reporters in the oval Office before the meeting between the two leaders.
Replying to a question, Trump said he would consider a trade pact with Canada minus Mexico, adding that both the U.S. and Canada wanted to protect their workers. "We have to protect our workers, and in all fairness, the prime minister wants to protect Canada and his people also".
Trudeau told reporters in Washington DC that he agreed with the U.S. president that that the NAFTA trade deal needed to be revamped and that any new agreement needed to "give citizens opportunities to succeed". Yet we have seen that our politicians, like all Canadians, are willing to set aside ideological differences when the chips are down. On Monday, U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Tom Donohue, speaking in Mexico City, said it was time to "ring the alarm bells" on NAFTA.
That meeting resolved some long-standing disputes between the two countries, including a reopening of Mexico to Canadian beef and a lift of the visa requirement the former Conservative government had imposed on Mexican nationals in response to thousands of asylum claims being lodged by them.
For someone who had a ghost-written book called The Art of the Deal, President Trump has proved an inept deal-maker. Debbie Dingell and Dan Kildee, both D-Mich., and both with auto and part plants, though not as many as once loomed there. It is unclear whether the combined diplomatic power of Harper, Ambrose and Mulroney can turn the tide, but it is heartwarming to see them willing to give it a try. Levin said Trudeau shared his concern about labor conditions and wages, saying he did not want the treaty to speed "a race to the bottom". Just in the first year after NAFTA took effect in 1994, GM closed a plant in her northern OH district, costing 14,000 jobs, by moving the work to Mexico. The Canadian prime minister, making his second visit to the White House this year, was also expected to raise the Trump administration's recent decision to hit Canadian manufacturer Bombardier with punishing tariffs on its C Series airliner. Chief Executive Officer Don Walker said in an interview ahead of the talks. Switching to French, he added "this was not an easy conversation but an important conversation". Much as the death of NAFTA would deeply wound our country's economy, it would be in our long-term interest to pursue new world markets rather than submit to Trump's bullying and blackmail. He said Canada's military would seek alternatives to Boeing for future fighter-jet purchases. "NAFTA is a disaster as a deal", Trump told the magazine.
Mexico has been more assertive with Washington, talking openly about abandoning NAFTA if need be or slashing imports of USA grain. I happen to think that NAFTA will have to be terminated if we're going to make it good.
"I hope the Trump Administration realizes that negotiating without foresight doesn't just adversely affect our economy, it is a return to a panicked approach to globalization and adversely affects the jobs of the 21 Century workforce that depend heavily on American ingenuity". The talks are scheduled to conclude October 16.