UPDATE | Canadian envoy foresees 'win-win-win' trade deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — Canada's top trade negotiator, Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, is expressing confidence that Canada can reach a deal with the United States on a revamped North American trade agreement that could please all sides.
"We know a win-win-win agreement is within reach," Freeland tells reporters after talks with U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer broke up today. They are set to resume Wednesday.
The talks were overshadowed by reports that President Donald Trump had boasted in an interview with Bloomberg News that he wouldn't offer Canada any compromise. Freeland brushed off the controversy.
"My negotiating counterparty is Ambassador Lighthizer," she says. "He has brought good faith and good will to the table."
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Toronto Star reports that President Donald Trump has said privately he won't make compromises with Canada in high-stakes talks to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The report appeared to raise doubt about whether the two countries can reach a deal soon to keep Canada in the trading bloc.
The Star obtained the comments from a Trump interview with Bloomberg News. Trump wanted the comments to remain private because otherwise "it's going to be so insulting they're not going to be able to make a deal."
In response, Lindsay Walters, a White House spokeswoman, said only, "The Canadian and American negotiators continue to work on reaching a win-win deal that benefits both countries."
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters about the talks, "We aren't there yet."