Trump to wait after midterms to sign new NAFTA deal
06 July 2018, 01:53 | Joann Bryant
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HEIGHTS, N.J. -President Donald Trump intends to delay signing a revised version of the North American Free Trade Agreement until after the fall midterm elections, a move aimed at reaching a better deal with Canada and Mexico.
But the NAFTA talks have been stalled for several weeks and Lopez Obrador enters the scene as tensions between Canada and the United States have intensified as the two countries have become embroiled in a trade dispute.
Canada will tax US steel exports at a rate of 25%, and the rest of the goods will be taxed at a 10% rate.
On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with Lopez Obrador by phone.
Talks between Mexico, Canada and the U.S. to renegotiate the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement began in August past year and are still underway.
"Even when we disagree, I think the dialogue needs to continue as that is the only way we can come to an agreement", Smyth told the Irish Times newspaper.
Our priority has always been to conclude a mutually beneficial agreement as quickly as possible and that, I think, remains our goal, said the official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
"'We're going to take down all our barriers, we're going to take down all our taxes, ' right?" Trudeau's office said the prime minister "conveyed that Canada has had no choice but to announce reciprocal countermeasures" to the USA tariffs.
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