Trump’s reported off-the-record remarks hit U.S.-Canada trade talks

Trump’s off-the-record remarks to Bloomberg were obtained by a Toronto newspaper. Photo credit: Reuters

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump said in off-the-record remarks to Bloomberg News this week that any trade deal with Canada would be “totally on our terms,” the Toronto Star reported on Friday, citing remarks it had obtained.

Asked about the report, White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said: “The Canadian and American negotiators continue to work on reaching a win-win deal that benefits both countries.”

Representatives for Bloomberg did not immediately return a request for comment.

Meanwhile, NAFTA negotiators from the U.S. and Canada are “not there yet,” in resolving differences keeping them from a deal to modernize the agreement, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said.

Freeland, speaking to reporters outside the U.S. Trade Representative’s office, vowed to defend Canada’s national interests.

“We’re looking for a good deal, not just any deal. And we’ll only agree to a deal that is a good deal for Canada. We’re not there yet,” Freeland said.

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