News 12 october — 15:10

Trump open to a bilateral Canada-US trade deal

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President Trump says if talks to reform Nafta fail, he could envisage a US-Canada trade pact, excluding Mexico, BBC reports.

The US president said if there was no deal on the North American Free Trade Agreement, it would be terminated.

He was speaking at the White House with visiting Canadian PM Justin Trudeau.

Replying to a question, Mr Trump said he said he would consider a trade pact with Canada minus Mexico, adding that both the US and Canada wanted to protect their workers.

The current round of talks on renegotiating the trade bloc is reported to be stalling, with Mexico opposing a US move to increase the percentage of US-made components in car manufacturing.

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