Trump's Labour Day surprise: an attack on union leader

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President Donald Trump kicked off Labor Day with an attack on the head of the powerful AFL-CIO and a defense of his own trade posture.

Laura Macdonald, a political science professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, said despite the rhetorical pressure from Trump, the negotiations still appeared to be proceeding remarkably normally.

On Friday, Trump informed Congress of his intention to sign a bilateral trade deal with Mexico, but it could be hard to win approval from Congress unless Canada is also included, with support from Democrats needed to pass a purely bilateral deal.

Trump grumbled about Canada on social media on Saturday, reprising views that the northern neighbour had been taking advantage of the U.S. "We will only sign a good deal and we will not negotiate in public". They agreed to resume talks on Wednesday.

He then noted the nation was far better off before NAFTA and suggested either we make a new deal with Canada or go back to pre-NAFTA. "If we don't make a fair deal for the USA after decades of abuse, Canada will be out", he tweeted. "It's not about Democrats or Republicans", he said. "When it comes to lumber, we have always had a problem with Canada. They're not our enemies".

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the negotiations over the past four days were "constructive, and we made progress". -Mexico deal before the 90-day clock runs out. The talks stalled last week after leaked comments from Trump forced a chasm with Canada. He was involved in tough negotiations for the Canada-U.S.

While the two sides failed to meet a deadline set by the White House, both US and Canadian negotiators insisted that they were making progress.

The US and Mexico had announced a breakthrough accord on Monday, potentially leaving Canada out in the cold, but Ottawa's foreign minister Chrystia Freeland insisted that a "win-win-win" agreement was within reach.

"The updated NAFTA agreement, especially the US-Mexican deal will be supported by business for nearly the relief it gives because the uncertainty was killing investment plans", according to Simon Evenett from St Gallen University in Switzerland.

With most of the political world taking an extended breather before a busy week ahead, President Trump has spent Labor Day weekend engaging in two of his favorite activities: golfing and venting his spleen online. Outgoing Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto wanted to sign a deal before he left office December 1.

The 90 days will run out November 30.

Much of Kansas' farm output is sold to Canada, which has so far not been included in a trade deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.

"The issue is whether Congress will stand up to the president", Ujczo said in an interview Sunday.

"I also strongly urge Canada to step up and demonstrate that it can take on the ambitious obligations of the agreement with the aim of concluding a modern, seamless three-way agreement", he said.

The US and Mexico reached a comprehensive deal on 27 August. Free Trade Agreement, which preceded NAFTA.

The agreement would last 16 years, with an opportunity to review it and adjust the terms after six years. Dispute settlement, Canada's cultural exemption and access to Canada's dairy market continue to be obstacles to a deal.

The U.S. wanted to nix the system and Mexico agreed, but Canada wants the mechanism to fight the Trump administration's tariffs on softwood lumber, paper and other products.

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