Trump says 'getting there' in NAFTA talks with Canada, Mexico

"We can no longer be the stupid country", Trump said.

Freeland, who was testifying before House of Commons trade committee, wouldn't tip the government's hand, but she committed to hitting back hard with retaliation similar to Canada's $16.6 billion response to the new US metal tariffs.

President Trump railed against Canada on Tuesday, again accusing our northern neighbor of unfair trading practices - and a story in The Post that said Canadians come to the USA to buy shoes and then smuggle them back into their country to avoid stiff tariffs.

Trump reminded them of his campaign promise to renegotiate NAFTA or terminate it, noting that he was willing to negotiate trade deals with Canada and Mexico separately. 'They scuff them up.

"Canada is not going to take advantage of the United States any longer". "They make them sound old or look old so they can get them past border guards".

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak, a trade expert, said Mr. Trump is wrong to suggest border charges are anti-American.

The Canadian government believes a deal to update NAFTA is still possible despite a USA move to impose tariffs on Canadian and Mexican steel and aluminum, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said in Ottawa on Tuesday. "They fought World War II with us, we appreciate it".

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After citing national security reasons for slapping tariffs on Canadian metals, Donald Trump escalated his attacks on America's northern neighbor Tuesday, claiming its citizens were smuggling shoes across the border.

Uh, Canadian here. We actually have our own shoe stores. Dairy. 275 percent tariff. "We'll see whether or not we can make a reasonable NAFTA deal". "We want to be the smart country".

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told the Commons global trade committee that the "absurd and insulting" USA action will meet with a firm response.

"We know all that, and respectfully I thank you for your work on that, but what we don't know is: what is the plan?"

The Trump administration has already imposed punishing tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, using national security as a justification.

The list includes US steel and aluminum and goods from sailboats to whisky, plywood to refrigerators and washing machines to herbicides.

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