Trump says progress made toward trade deal with Mexico

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The tweet comes amid ongoing tepidness about when NAFTA renegotiations will resume.

These officials said U.S negotiators had essentially agreed that a new NAFTA trade deal would exempt existing Mexican auto plants from any "Section 232" tariffs that Trump may impose.

President Trump on Friday threatened tariffs on Canadian-made cars if USA officials can't strike a deal with the country on overhauling the North American Free Trade Agreement.

He said any deal with must take care of American autoworkers and farmers, but he praised the new president of, calling him "an absolute gentleman".

Trump said that Canada has to wait, citing too-high tariffs and trade barriers. Instead, Trump and his administration officials have discovered they have a lot of common ground and negotiations have gone well.

If the USA and Mexico can resolve their bilateral differences in the coming days, the source said it's "very possible" Canada's team - potentially including Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland - could rejoin negotiations later in the week.

The United States has sought tougher rules on what percentage of a vehicle's components need to be built in the NAFTA region to avoid tariffs, as well as demanding that a certain number of cars and trucks be made in factories paying at least US$16 an hour.

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The official said that Canada's focus remains unchanged and that they're glad that bilateral issues are being sorted out between the US and Mexico. "We'll keep standing up for Canadian interests as we work toward a modernized trilateral NAFTA agreement". "It's the only way we'll get to a deal", Austen said.

At the close of the 3rd consecutive week of discussions in Washington, Guajardo said a deal was still possible by the end of the month.

Guajardo said that once bilateral U.S.

Asked about progress on autos rules of origin, he said: "Nothing is close until everything is close, but there are items in every element that is being discussed".

Once Canada returns to the talks, the continental partners are expected to shift their focus to other tough, unresolved issues. He said this could take place in "the next few days or weeks".

While a quick, three-way NAFTA deal is still possible if all nations show flexibility, Canada still opposes US proposals for a sunset clause on the agreement and still wants an independent dispute-resolution process, he said.

The U.S. -Mexico talks for a reworked North American Free Trade Agreement resumed three weeks ago, without Canada, after negotiations involving all three members of the $1.2 trillion trade bloc stalled in May.

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