Mr Trump once again complained about Canada's controlled dairy market, although his comments referred to tariffs that do not apply to United States products.
The Canadian dollar weakened to its lowest in more than a week against the greenback on Wednesday, as the Federal Reserve hiked interest rates and investors anxious that Canada would be left out of a trade deal with its NAFTA counterparts.
Trump said Wednesday that Trudeau had sought a meeting with him during the United Nations General Assembly in NY, but Trump refused to participate because he doesn't like how Canada was approaching the trade discussions. "We are going to tax the cars that come in".
"That's the mother lode".
"That's the motherload, that's the big one", Trump told reporters.
"If we don't make a fair deal for the USA after decades of abuse, Canada will be out", Trump tweeted. "We don't like their representative very much", Trump said in an apparent reference to Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland. The countries are working to reach an deal on how to update the North American Free Trade Agreement, after the US and Mexico reached their own deal last month.
He lauded U.S. Trade Representative Bob Lighthizer's negotiating then turned back to Canada.
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The price of oil, one of Canada's major exports, eased after USA data showed a surprise build in domestic crude inventories.
The two sides are still far apart on major issues such as how to settle disputes and U.S. demands for more access to Canada's protected dairy market. Canada's dairy market has remained largely closed to the USA ever since American dairy farmers were caught excessively dumping products inside of Canada's markets several decades ago. "It's been long and exhausting, but I think we've narrowed the gap".
And he warned the USA would soon go after Canadian auto imports.
Roughly four in five cars assembled in Canada are exported.
The Canadian government had no immediate reaction to Trump's attack on Freeland Wednesday night, other than to say it has not requested a meeting between Trump and Trudeau while both were in NY for United Nations meetings. Canadian leaders have objected to Trump's decision to impose tariffs on Canadian steel, citing national security. "How do you sell a dairy product at 300 percent?"
Negotiations for possible exemptions for Mexico and Canada from USA steel and aluminum tariffs imposed earlier this year will take place after the new Nafta deal is agreed on, Lighthizer said.
"Canada wants some assurances going forward that the president will not continue to use this, after we sign an agreement, to harass our industries simply because he's mad at our prime minister", the president of the Canadian Labour Congress told BNN Bloomberg television Thursday.