GOP Rep. Kevin Brady called out Canada on Wednesday, saying Ottawa will have to “step up the item up” because Washington will not move its deadline for a brand-new trade deal.
The House Ways as well as Means Committee chairman said he’s optimistic Canada as well as the U.S. can reach a brand-new agreement before the U.S.-imposed deadline of Oct. 1.
Last month, President Donald Trump announced a brand-new U.S.-Mexico free trade pact.
Trump would certainly be “totally happy” if Canada were to get on board as well as make the deal trilateral, like the one the item’s replacing, the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told CNBC on Tuesday.
The president wants the text of any agreement which includes Canada by which deadline, so outgoing Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto can sign the item before he leaves office.
“They’re from the end zone,” the Texas Republican said Wednesday on “Squawk Box,” just hours before the two nations were set to resume negotiations.
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland can be set to hold fresh talks on NAFTA with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington.
However, Canadian officials have said they won’t be rushed, given the size of the obstacles.
Brady said the item’s not unusual for the president to pick a fight with Canada, saying the trade partner even “dragged its feet” during the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations under the Obama administration.
Trump withdrew the U.S. through the TPP.