Trump says Canada is ‘very spoiled’ on trade
US President Donald Trump said that Canada is “very spoiled” and “very difficult to deal with” in North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations.
Trump made the comments on Wednesday after being asked about a tweet earlier regarding autoworkers, which said that big news was coming for American Autoworkers.
There will be big news coming soon for our great American Autoworkers. After many decades of losing your jobs to other countries, you have waited long enough!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 23, 2018
Speaking to reporters, Trump said that he wasn’t happy with unfair trade proposals.
“I think your autoworkers and your auto companies in this country are going to be very happy with what’s going to happen,” Trump said, adding, “You’ll be seeing very soon what I’m talking about.”
He then brought up NAFTA, and how challenging discussions have been, eventually calling Canada “very difficult.”
“NAFTA is very difficult. Mexico has been very difficult to deal with. Canada has been very difficult to deal with. They have been taking advantage of the United States for a long time. I am not happy with their requests,” said the President.
“But I will tell you, in the end, we win. We will win, and we’ll win big. We’ll get along with Mexico; we’ll get along with Canada. But I will tell you, they have been very difficult to deal with. They’re very spoiled — because nobody has done this. But I will tell you that what they ask for is not fair.”
This isn’t the first time Trump has called Canada difficult.
The US President took to Twitter last summer to express his (then) opinions about NAFTA, claiming that both Canada and Mexico were being “difficult” in the renegotiation process.
We are in the NAFTA (worst trade deal ever made) renegotiation process with Mexico & Canada.Both being very difficult,may have to terminate?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017
Trump is expected to make his first official Canadian visit next month.
The President will be in Canada as part of the G7 Summit on June 8 and 9, hosted at the luxurious (and very) remote Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu in the Charlevoix region of Quebec.