Trump has also tried to pressure Canada and Mexico into agreeing to rewrite the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement to shift more auto production and investment to the United States.
The federal Liberal government is determined to rekindle intensive talks on a new continental trade pact this summer - even though President Donald Trump says he won't sign a renegotiated NAFTA until after the US midterm elections this fall. Free Trade Agreement and NAFTA, said he doesn't go to many functions anymore - but he decided to make a point of attending this year's party after he heard that some people planned to avoid it.
"I want to wait until after the election".
Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he supports the continued renegotiation of NAFTA, and wants his own team of experts to be part of the talks before he takes office December 1.
"I think he is going to be a better negotiator because of this", Gomez said.
"Escalating tariffs against the United States does nothing to help Canada, and it only hurts American workers".
Talks between Mexico, Canada and the U.S. to renegotiate the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement began in August past year and are still underway.
"We've been very nice to Canada for many years and they've taken advantage of that, particularly advantage of our farmers", she said. Canada has retaliated with $16.6 billion in counter-tariffs and the US midterm elections are in the fall.
U.S. President Donald Trump's envoy to Canada told guests at her cosier-than-usual Fourth of July party in Ottawa on Wednesday night that the countries' strained relationship will overcome the tough times.
In an interview on Fox News, Trump once again threatened to impose tariffs on autos, which has been viewed as a NAFTA negotiating ploy. They discussed border security and trade, with a specific focus on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). You're going to have an election. "Everybody said, 'Uh, can we get on to another subject?'"
With Mexico's presidential election out of the way, Canada is renewing its push to speed up the NAFTA renegotiation this summer.
The president's decision to push back the NAFTA talks comes as the US and Canada have been engaged in a tit-for-tat trade dispute over Trump's tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.