August 28, 2018 9:17 am
Updated: August 28, 2018 1:21 pm

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.

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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.

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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.

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Freeland is under increasing domestic pressure not to compromise.

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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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