In a press conference hosted Tuesday afternoon, the POTUS Donald Trump clarified the stance of United States on NAFTA by mentioning that Canada cannot keep charging a 300 percent tariff on dairy products from USA.
The tense NAFTA talks have been dragging on for quite some time now, as officials have remained tight-lipped over the proceedings, not daring to hint towards the progress being made.
However, the latest statements by Trump have clarified that USA is in no mood to budge ground, or accept these inflated tariffs in place by the Canadian premiers.
Talking after a meeting with Polish president Andrzej Duda, Trump answered questions pertaining to different matters, including the NAFTA deal with Canada. Speaking about NAFTA, he said that Canada has been taking advantage of the leniency shown by America for far too long now.
Trump further talked about the issue by mentioning, ‘We love Canada, we love the people of Canada, but they are in a position that’s not a good trade position for Canada,” clearly taking a dig at Canada’s inflated tariff rates!
Trump also reiterated the fact that since both Mexico and the USA have reached a tentative trade agreement, NAFTA talks had gone into overdrive.
Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland has done most of the bargaining for the Liberal government and has been going back and forth to Washington. Freeland has been looking to draft an agreement that both countries can agree upon.
However, there seems to be no common ground, as the talks linger on with no conclusive results.
Freeland, however, has not shied away from reiterating the stance of the Liberal government that: ‘No deal is better than a bad deal.”
Canada looks confused and should sort its game out ASAP.
Emmy Skylar started working for Debate Report in 2017. Emmy grew up in a small town in northern Manitoba. But moved to Ontario for university. Before joining Debate Report, Emmy briefly worked as a freelance journalist for CBC News. She covers politics and the economy.