Trade rep Lighthizer says US is prepared to move ahead on new NAFTA deal without Canada
With less than a week to go before the deadline, the U.S. is ready to move ahead on a new NAFTA-style agreement with or without Canada, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Tuesday.
On the heels of an agreement with Mexico covering a range of issues, Lighthizer said negotiations with Canada remain at an impasse.
“We’re not going to say ‘no deal because of Canada.’ That doesn’t make any sense at all,” he told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “We’re certainly not going to give up. They’re a huge trading partner of the United States. But we’re going to have a high-standard deal, we’re not going to have a low-standard deal.”
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