Despite the United States president's comments, and the failure to smooth over differences as of yet, the top United States trade official, Robert Lighthizer said that progress had been made.

Tense trade talks between the USA and Canada broke off Friday, missing a deadline set by the Trump administration to agree to an overhaul of North American Free Trade Agreement.

The United States and Canada failed to reach a trade agreement before the Friday deadline. "And every time we have a problem with a point, I just put up a picture of a Chevrolet Impala", he said.

The United States is pressing ahead with a free trade pact with Mexico, but whether Canada will join depends on a new round of talks next week, after negotiations ended on Friday (Aug 31) without an agreement.

"And then they can start the rest of their process", a senior administration official told reporters during a conference call.

"We are looking for a good deal, not just any deal", she told reporters, "and we will only agree to a deal that is a good deal for Canada". I am used to it.


The opposition Democratic party criticised the White House of Trump notifying Congress of his intent to sign a trade agreement with Mexico without having completed negotiations with Canada.

Talks between U.S. and Canadian officials failed to produce an agreement Friday.

Geographical indicators were a contentious issue in Canada's negotiations with the European Union over the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement, where Europe demanded protections for a number of food products, including specific cheeses such as Camembert de Normandie, Brie de Meaux, and Parmigiano Reggiano.

USTR chief Robert Lighthizer still plans to send a notice to Congress on Friday of President Donald Trump's intention to sign a deal to replace NAFTA, as the administration has previously indicated, said a person familiar with the matter.

Canada has reportedly offered to make concessions to its protected dairy industry, which has come under repeated attack from Trump, in an effort to retain Chapter 19.

A report from the Toronto Star focuses on comments Trump made about refusing to make any compromises with Canadian officials.


Trump said in a Bloomberg interview: "Canada's going to make a deal at some point".

Indeed, the U.S. President has seemed to enjoy turning the screws on this country ever since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared at the Group of Seven meeting in June that Canadians "will not be pushed around" on trade by the United States. "I love Canada, but they´ve taken advantage of our country for many years", he said.

'Off the record, Canada's working their ass off. At least Canada knows where I stand!'

"It's somewhat puzzling to understand that the US has been so adamant that chapter 19 must go", said Dattu.

"I intend 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", Trump said in his notification to the House of Representatives and the Senate. 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.

"We're going to remain constructive, positive, serious and creative about what we do around the negotiating table… We are also going to be unequivocal about always standing up for Canadians' rights and Canadians' interests".


The initiative aims for China to become a major manufacturing power in direct competition with the United States and has been deemed threat to USA technological leadership by the Council on Foreign Relations think tank.

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