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The US-Mexico Trade Deal May Move Forward Without Canada

The Trump administration hopes to sign a trade agreement by late November, with or without Canada.
Posted at 7:39 AM, Sep 26, 2018

There's a chance a bilateral trade deal between the U.S. and Mexico could move forward without Canada. 

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Canada isn't making concessions in areas Washington thinks are important. The three countries are negotiating a new NAFTA deal.

In August, President Trump said he was "terminating" NAFTA in favor of a trade agreement with Mexico. He said he'd call it the "United States-Mexico Trade Agreement."

Canada rejoined trade talks with the U.S. shortly after Trump's announcement. But the country's foreign minister said Canada would only sign a trade agreement that was good for Canada and the middle class. 

The Trump administration has said it hopes to sign a trade agreement before Mexico's current president is out of office in late November — with or without Canada.