Calling it a “big day for trade,” and his country, President Donald Trump announced on Monday that the US and Mexico had reached a preliminary trade deal as part of an overhaul of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA.)
President @realDonaldTrump is speaking now with the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, regarding a trade agreement between the United States and Mexico.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 27, 2018
Missing from the language, however, was any mention of Canada.
“They used to call it NAFTA,” Trump said. ” We’re going to call it the US-Mexico Trade Agreement.”
A big deal looking good with Mexico!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2018
In a tweet, Mexico’s president Enrique Pena Nieto, acknowledged that he and Trump had spoke with one another and added that he wants Canada’s “re-incorporation into talks to achieve a successful trilateral negotiation of NAFTA this week.”
Hablé con el Primer Ministro de Canadá, @JustinTrudeau, sobre el estado de las negociaciones del TLCAN y el avance entre México y EUA. Le expresé la importancia de su reincorporación al proceso, con la finalidad de concluir una negociación trilateral esta misma semana.
— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) August 27, 2018
“This is something that is very special for our manufacturers and for our farmers from both countries,” said Trump of the new agreement. “It’s also great trade, and it makes it a much more fair bill and we are very excited about it.”
While the announcement focused on the deal between the US and its southern neighbour, Trump also mentioned negotiating a new deal with Canada.
“Canada will start negotiations shortly,” he said. “I’ll be calling the Prime Minister very soon and we’ll start negotiations and if they’d like to negotiate fairly, we’ll do that.”
In response, Canadian Foreign Affairs spokesperson Adam Austen told Daily Hive that Canada will only sign a new NAFTA “that is good for Canada and good for the middle class.”
He added that “given the encouraging announcement today of further bilateral progress between the US and Mexico, [Foreign Affairs] Minister [Chrystia] Freeland will travel to Washington, D.C., tomorrow to continue negotiations.”