Trump says he is optimistic Canada will join trade deal as Friday deadline looms

  • President Donald Trump says Wednesday that he is optimistic Canada will join the new U.S. trade deal with Mexico.
  • Trump also reiterates his Friday deadline for the U.S.' northern ally to join the NAFTA replacement, which Trump coined "The United States-Mexico Trade Agreement" earlier in the week.
  • Stocks touched record levels after Trump announced the new deal Monday in a live speakerphone call with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he is optimistic Canada will join the new trade deal the U.S. forged with Mexico that is intended to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.

"I think Canada very much wants to make the deal," Trump told reporters at the White House, while adding, "It probably won't be good at all if they don't."

Trump also reiterated his Friday deadline for the U.S.' northern ally to join the NAFTA replacement, which he coined "The United States-Mexico Trade Agreement" earlier in the week.

"They want to be part of the deal," Trump said of Canada. "We gave until Friday and I think we are probably on track. We'll see what happens."

His remarks followed a roundtable discussion meeting in which he announced a grant for a program supporting drug-free communities.

Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland later said on Wednesday that the NAFTA trade negotiations with the U.S. were at a "very intense moment" and that her country was looking for compromises that were "win-win" for all sides.

"Our officials are meeting now and will be meeting until very late tonight. Possibly they'll be meeting all night long," Freeland told reporters after a meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. "This is a very intense moment in the negotiations and we're trying to get a lot of things done very quickly."

Despite the tensions between the U.S. and Canada throughout the ongoing negotiations, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has signaled his willingness to meet Trump's Friday deadline.

But, Trudeau said Wednesday at a press conference in northern Ontario, "No NAFTA deal is better than a bad NAFTA deal."

Canadian trade officials were at the White House negotiating "late into the evening," Trump said at the meeting on Wednesday. "With Canada we're doing very well," he added.

But if the talks break down, the U.S. may have to resort to slapping auto tariffs on Canada, according to Larry Kudlow, Trump's top economic advisor.

"If we can't get a good strong fair deal with Canada ... the U.S. might have to resort to auto tariffs," Kudlow said Monday.

Trump and other officials in his administration, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, have even hinted that the U.S. would be willing to simply move forward with Mexico.

Stocks touched record levels after Trump announced the new deal Monday in a live speakerphone call with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

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