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Chrystia Freeland back in Washington for urgent NAFTA negotiations after U.S., Mexico strike deal

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OTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is on her way to Washington to re-join Mexico and the United States for urgent negotiations that could determine NAFTA‘s future.

Freeland cut a trip to Europe short to travel to Washington after President Donald Trump announced Monday that the U.S. and Mexico had reached a bilateral trade “understanding” that could lead to an overhaul – or perhaps the termination – of the three-country agreement.

READ MORE: New U.S.-Mexico trade deal leaves many unanswered questions — especially for Canada

Trump invited Ottawa to join what he characterized as American-Mexican trade negotiations, which have stretched through the summer without Canadian officials at the table.

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He also made a pointed threat against Canada, saying that if it can’t reach a new trade deal, then he will slap the country with devastating tariffs on automotive imports.

READ MORE: Trudeau phones Trump to discuss trade as Mexico calls on Canada to return to NAFTA talks

Freeland is under increasing domestic pressure not to compromise.

WATCH: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto says he hopes Canada will return to NAFTA talks
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto says he hopes Canada will return to NAFTA talks
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto says he hopes Canada will return to NAFTA talks

Gerald Butts, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary, was seen at the Ottawa airport Tuesday morning, a sign pressure could be mounting for this particular trip.

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