Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, and Donald Trump, the US president, said a deal on revamping Nafta by Friday was within reach as talks intensified in Washington to salvage the three-way agreement that governs billions of dollars of trade across North America.
The FT reports that speaking to reporters from Ontario, Mr Trudeau cited differences over trade in dairy products, a longstanding source of friction with the US, as one of the key sticking points, but said an agreement could still be struck by the end of the week. “We recognise that there is a possibility of getting there by Friday, but it is only a possibility, because it will ultimately hinge on whether there is ultimately a good deal for Canada,” Mr Trudeau said.
“No Nafta deal is better than a bad Nafta deal,” he added. Shortly afterwards, Mr Trump chimed in. “[Canada] want to be part of the deal, and we gave until Friday and I think we’re probably on track. We’ll see what happens,” the US president said. The two leaders’ remarks came after Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s foreign minister, held a second negotiating session with Robert Lighthizer, the US trade representative, in Washington, with a third in the afternoon, which was joined by Jared Kushner, the US president’s aide and son-in-law.