'US President Donald Trump has warned that he would cause the “ruination” of Canada if he imposed tariffs on the cars being imported to the United States from Canada.
Trump issued the threat while travelling to a Republican fundraising event in North Dakota on Friday, the day when American and Canadian negotiators discussed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) but they again failed to produce a deal. The NAFTA between the two countries were also held last week.
Trump has threatened to target Canada with the auto tariffs if Ottawa refused to make NAFTA concessions.
“Canada has been ripping us off for a long time. Now, they’ve got to treat us fairly,” Trump told reporters on Air Force One.
“I don’t want to do anything bad to Canada. I can — all I have to do is tax their cars, it would be devastating. If I tax cars coming in from Canada, it would be devastating,” he continued, according to reports.
Later speaking in Fargo, North Dakota, he said, “We cannot continue to get ripped off like we’ve been ripped off before.”
“Actually, on some countries, including Canada, a tax on cars would be the ruination of the country,” he said. “That’s how big it is. It’d be the ruination of the country. Now, they’ve taken advantage of us for many decades. We can’t let this happen anymore. We have a country to run.”
Meanwhile, Trump’s top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, said on Friday that the issue standing in the way of a deal was Canadian inflexibility on dairy.
“The United States would rather have a trade deal with Canada, but it has to be a good deal, right. And the word that continues to block the deal is M-I-L-K,” Kudlow said on Fox Business. “I’m just saying: let go — milk, dairy, drop the barriers, give our farmers a break, and we can fix some other things.”'
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