Ford is looking at speeding up plans to build more Lincoln models in Chinese plants amid the growing trade war with the United States that has made USA exports less attractive, a senior executive said Monday.
Trump said he would not accept the meeting with Trudeau "because his tariffs are too high, and he doesn't seem to want to move and I've told him, 'Forget about it and frankly we're just thinking about just taxing cars coming in from Canada, '" Trump said.
"China is a core businesses for us", he said, but added: "You're talking about two very powerful economies, so we're going to have to plan accordingly".
"We'll see where it goes, but so far it's been tough", he said.
"I suspect that they will be motivated to do so", Mr. Bollyky said, referring to the Senate Majority Leader and the Speaker, respectively.
Asked about the challenges posed by a USA threat of auto tariffs, Trudeau said Canada would need to feel confident "about the path forward as we move forward - if we do - on a NAFTA 2.0".
Tim Scott, a Republican senator from SC, said Tuesday he'd prefer Canada be included, and wouldn't say if he'd vote for a bilateral U.S. -Mexico deal.
The US administration has recently turned up the heat on Canada, trying to push for a concluded deal by this Sunday or else Canada risks being left out of a revised NAFTA agreement. "A broad range of paths are ahead of us".
USA and Canadian negotiators have spent more than a month trying to resolve remaining differences after Washington sealed a tentative deal with Mexico City which they intend to sign by December 1, when a new government takes office.
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he rejected a meeting request from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau amid a bitter NAFTA renegotiation. "I think our view is that now we'll turn to that as the next stage".
But U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Tuesday said he had changed his mind on this point and now planned to finish NAFTA talks first before negotiating on tariffs. The Congress, however, may not approve the revisions if Canada is not to be included in the deal.
He took aim at the country's dairy tariffs and reiterated his threat to tax Canada's auto industry. The pair shared an awkward handshake on Tuesday, when Mr. Trudeau approached Mr. Trump before a group luncheon.
"I'm anxious a little bit that time will catch up with us", he said, noting that he had spent more time in Washington working on trade issues than ever before.