European Union trade chief defends Freeland after Trump trash-talks 'Canada's negotiator'

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"And I've told him, forget about it".

"We are continuing to work on getting to a right deal for Canada, a right deal for Canadians, and that involves, obviously, feeling confident about the path forward as we move forward - if we do - on a NAFTA 2.0 and the ... lack of punitive tariffs that we consider are unjust".

"Yeah I did", Trump said during a news conference amid the United Nations General Assembly in NY. "We don't like their representative very much", he said.

Mr Trump's comments were made as Nafta talks continue to drag on.

President Trump says he has a plan for peace in the Middle East, and he's finally revealed a glimpse of what it might look like. However, if anything that might add more pressure on the USA, which has squeezed a good deal out of Mexico.

"I think Minister Freeland is a great foreign minister every single day", said Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.

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"How do you sell a dairy product at 300 percent?" he said, adding that it is obviously Canada's way to back-door a trade barrier disguised as a tariff.

"What does that mean for NAFTA?" The Trump administration could face barriers in Congress if it tries to advance a deal without Canada.

Demonstrators march against the CETA trade deal near the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday, Feb.15, 2017.

USA producers actually sell more dairy product to Canada than they import, and the 300 per cent tariff only applies to goods above the quota, which the United States does not meet, according to trade experts.

"Canada has treated us very badly".

"More and more countries are coming out and want to work with the European Union and Canada to strengthen the multilateral relationship".

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Trump has previously floated the idea of striking two separate bilateral trade deals with the NAFTA partners. Canada's dairy market has remained largely closed to the United States ever since American dairy farmers were caught excessively dumping products inside of Canada's markets several decades ago.

But early data suggest European businesses may have been faster to capitalize on CETA than Canadian ones, a point Malmstrom conceded.

"We're going to go ahead with Mexico", he said.

Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump touted the success of his trade policy, citing the renegotiated bilateral trade deal with South Korea, as well as a partial rework of NAFTA agreed to with Mexico. "It's to defend Canada's interests, stand up for Canadians".

Roughly half of the European Union member nations have not yet ratified CETA. They only said they didn't request a formal meeting.

But Malmstrom admitted the long road to CETA "was not an easy ride" and she has no clear end date for the ratification process.

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