Canada not helping itself by hitting U.S. with tariffs: White House

Outgoing leader Enrique Pena Nieto has had the lowest poll ratings since records began

Outgoing leader Enrique Pena Nieto has had the lowest poll ratings since records began

A former Mexican congressman and founding member of a Mexico-based think tank says it's time for Canada to drop the gloves in its trade fight with the United States.

"Canada and Mexico are close friends and longtime partners".

"We have to sit down and look at what each country's national interests are and be very clear that we can not be allies if we are not friends".

Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he supports the continued renegotiation of NAFTA, and wants his own team of experts to be part of the talks before he takes office December 1.

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"Our priority has always been to conclude a mutually beneficial agreement as quickly as possible and that, I think, remains our goal", said the official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. Free Trade Agreement and NAFTA, said he doesn't go to many functions anymore - but he decided to make a point of attending this year's party after he heard that some people planned to avoid it.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday that Canada will impose retaliatory tariffs on $12.6 billion worth of USA goods in response to President Donald Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs. "The United States is a country with significant national security challenges and only by having a Canada and Mexico that are cooperative can they actually get things done".

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and interim Ontario Liberal leader John Fraser are among those giving the event a pass, citing trade tensions and ongoing concerns with the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

Talks between Mexico, Canada and the United States to renegotiate the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement began in August previous year and are still underway.

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Not to mention Trump made headlines globally after his first Canadian visit for the G7 Summit he called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "very dishonest and weak".

Quebec's dairy producers association disagreed, telling The Associated Press in an email that American overproduction is the real cause of the U.S.'s problem with Canada's dairy tariffs.

In the interview on Fox News Channel's "Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo", Trump again threatened to impose tariffs on imported cars, trucks and auto parts, saying, "The cars are the big ones".

He said tariffs on the auto industry would increase the cost of a USA -built vehicle for an American buyer by as much as $3,000.

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Trump said Friday that he didn't see a deal happening on NAFTA until after the November mid-term elections.

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