CBC – AARON WHERRY
U.S. President Donald Trump raised the possibility of scrapping the North American Free Trade Agreement and pursuing a bilateral trade agreement between Canada and the United States in his meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, CBC News has learned.
Trump had acknowledged the possibility publicly while posing for a photo with Trudeau in the Oval Office on Wednesday.
“Oh sure, absolutely,” Trump said, when asked by a reporter whether he could imagine a bilateral deal with Canada instead of the current tripartite agreement that includes Mexico.
“It’s possible we won’t be able to reach a deal with one or the other. But in the meantime we’ll be able to make a deal with one. But I think we have a chance to do something very creative that’s good for Canada, Mexico and the United States.”
It’s unclear how seriously Trump is considering the possibility of scrapping NAFTA — any attempt to do so could encounter significant legal and legislative obstacles — but Trump told Forbes magazine earlier this week that he likes “bilateral deals.”