President Donald Trump called Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, a “great friend” as tensions rise amidst the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations this week. However, as Bloomberg reports, Trump showed no signs of retreat regarding NAFTA, saying “It’s possible we won’t be able to make a deal and it’s possible we will.”
Farm and industry groups were raising alarms this week amidst plans for agriculture negotiations during the current round of discussion, and talks that the U.S. may be pushing it’s NAFTA partners to walk away from the agreement. The American Farm Bureau Federation this week joined Farmers for Free Trade to defend the agreement.
The agenda for the current round of negotiations includes discussions on financial services, labor rules, agriculture, digital trade, and investment and energy, according to the agenda. Trudeau met with Trump to “emphasize the importance” of the agreement to the three member countries. Trudeau also met with the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee.