Let's review. Earlier this week, the Trump administration announced a rewrite of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which is a 24-year-old agreement between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
After four days of marathon negotiations between Canadian and United States officials failed to produce an agreement on Friday, the White House told Congress it would enter into a revised trade deal with Mexico and that it was up to Canada to decide whether to remain in the trilateral NAFTA pact.
After the talks ended Friday, Trump sent an official notification to Congress that he intends to enter into a trade agreement with Mexico - "and with Canada if it is willing, in a timely manner, to meet the high standards for free, fair and reciprocal trade contained therein".
The Toronto newspaper obtained an account of the comments and was able to report on them because it was not bound to Trump's off-the-record understanding, which was with Bloomberg.
In a response to the report, Trump tweeted in all caps that he made "off the record comments" to Bloomberg.
The US leader was likely referring to measures protecting Canada's dairy industry, which he has lambasted on multiple occasions. The U.S. wants it out of the deal, but Canada says it must be included.
Canada´s lead negotiator and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland is scheduled to hold a press conference at 4:30 PM Eastern Time Friday (2030 GMT). The latter deal offered 10 other Pacific Rim countries access to 3.25 per cent of Canada's dairy market - and most analysts predict the US will settle for nothing less in NAFTA.
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The United States and Canada failed to reach a trade agreement before the Friday deadline. For various political reasons on both sides of the Rio Grande, it was critical that the trade deal be officially presented to Congress by end of the week, so getting Canada on-board became an immediate priority.
The notification sets off a 90-day clock for the nations to sign the deal.
Lawmakers, including many in Trump's own party, say a deal must include Canada to be approved. Trump tweeted early Saturday. They argue that increased trade has lowered prices for consumers in all three countries and created jobs from increased trade.
President Trump meets with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House on October 11, 2017. "If we don't make a fair deal for the USA after decades of abuse, Canada will be out".
The prime minister was responding to a question from a Quebec reporter who asked whether the federal government was prepared to "abandon" the country's most populous province to secure a deal.
He said talks with Canada this week had been "constructive". "I think it just stuck in the president's craw, to a certain degree", von Massow said.
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The U.S. president has repeatedly criticized Canada's "unfair treatment" of American dairy farmers - even though the United States has a surplus in dairy trade with Canada. "Will tax cars if we can't make a deal!"
The U.S. and Canada are wrangling over several tough issues, including American demands for greater access to the Canadian dairy market and Canada's insistence on maintaining NAFTA's existing procedure for resolving disputes.