Trump sidelines Canada on the NAFTA talks.
The president is determined to reach a deal with Mexico first.
And once having reached that deal he will seek one with Canada.
Until recently the three countries were all involved in the NAFTA negotiations.
The chief negogiator Robert Lighthizer says it is possible that the NAFTA partners will reach a deal soon.
The two countries have been talking for four weeks without Canada’s presence.
And he says Canada might be the sticking point.
“My hope is that we will before very long have a conclusion with respect to Mexico and that, as a result of that, Canada will come in and begin to compromise.
“I don’t believe that they’ve compromised in the same way the United States has or Mexico has.”
But Trump says the U.S. deliberately left Canada out of the current talks.
“We’re not negotiating with Canada right now,” says Trump.
“Their tariffs are too high, their barriers are too strong, so we’re not even talking to them right now. But we’ll see how that works out. It’ll only work out to our favour.”
But despite all that Canada keeps a strong facade on the situation saying that Ottawa stays in touch with their Mexican and American partners.
Canada insists being left out of the current talks are not a problem.
But don’t be fooled by that argument.
Ottawa is putting on a brave front.
The reality is that if Mexico and the U.S. reach a deal Canada will be the odd man out.
And that means it could well be forced to accept an agreement that is not to its liking.