Trudeau forces Trump NAFTA hand as talks intensify.
The NAFTA talks have come to a slow crawl.
Trump is insisting that American dairy products be allowed into Canada.
That American media companies be allowed to buy Canadian media.
Both are a no for the Trudeau government.
And Trump and his negotiators have dug in their heels on these issues.
And on top of that Trudeau has taken a much tougher stance on Trump.
Instead of being positive on the NAFTA talks, Trudeau now makes hard-hitting personal remarks about Trump.
Trump “doesn’t always follow the rules,” says Trudeau.
“If it doesn’t work out, it that’s going to be fine for the country, for our country. It won’t be fine for Canada.”
Trudeau Forces Trump NAFTA Hand
And those remarks signify that the talks have reached a stalemate, each side not willing to budge.
And the latest trade statistics between the two countries will further re-enforce Trump’s belief that the U.S. is getting a raw deal.
Statistics Canada says Canadian exports to the United States in July rose 3.3 per cent in July to $38.4-billion.
And Canadian imports from the U.S. went down by 0.1 per cent to 33.1 billion.
So Canada shows a trade surplus with the U.S. of 5.3 billion, up from $4.1 billion in June.
And that is the largest monthly trade surplus with the U.S. since October, 2008.
But Trump always has had a singular attitude on NAFTA.
Change the trade imbalance between the two countries.
Even though at one time he and Trudeau seemed to be quite chummy.
So Trump has been steadfast in his NAFTA approach with Canada – sideline it.
And once he achieved that by reaching a deal with Mexico to try and bully Canada into accepting his NAFTA deal.
But so far, despite Trump’s huffing and puffing is not working with Trudeau.