With time fast running out, Canadian and US negotiators "made lots of progress" on Sunday on a renewed NAFTA but had still not settled tough issues such as American tariffs and access to Canada's dairy market, an official and sources said. Trudeau spokeswoman Chantal Gagnon said: "No meeting was requested".
"Lots of progress but we're not there yet. we still have a couple of tough issues, so we're doing our best", Canada's ambassador to Washington, David MacNaughton, told reporters outside the Ottawa building where Canadian officials are gathered.
"So far.so good. We will see if we can get there by 6 p.m.", he said, adding they have "pretty much" made deal on the Chapter 19 dispute settlement mechanism and USA dairy access but are still struggling with seeking an exemption from the Trump administration's invoking national security laws to hike tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.
The text of the U.S. -Mexico deal needs to be published by late Sunday night - 60 days ahead of the November 30 deadline for Trump and Mexico's outgoing president, Enrique Pena Nieto, to sign the deal before Lopez Obrador takes office on December 1.
Freeland, the minister for foreign affairs, was scheduled to represent Canada at the United Nations general debate on Saturday afternoon.
Trump blames NAFTA for the loss of US manufacturing jobs and wants major changes to the pact, which underpins $1.2 trillion in annual trade.
Earlier this month a top Republican in the House of Representatives issued a serious warning: patience and time is running out for Canada to come on board a revised trilateral North American trade deal.
But late on Thursday, U.S. officials reached out to Canada to ask for details of Ottawa's negotiating demands and where it might be able to make compromises, Reuters reported. We will make that very clear to the United States.
Canada is the second-biggest trading partner of the US, and Mexico is the third.
Even so, Lopez Obrador said "the negotiation is not closed" between the United States and Canada, and said he had received information that the Trump administration has made a new counterproposal to Ottawa.
"We're very unhappy with the negotiations and the negotiating style of Canada", Trump said.
The two sides are still far apart on major issues such as how to settle disputes and USA demands for more access to Canada's protected dairy market. He said both that there's a "good chance still" that the US and Canada will reach a deal, but also that "probably or possibly" they won't.
The two sides are talking continuously by phone and a Canadian government source said the tone of the negotiations was positive and intense. He said he's optimistic the US and Canada can reach a deal.
"My thanks for your advice and support", Trudeau posted in a statement on Twitter, stating he'd spoken to David McKay, president and CEO of the Royal Bank of Canada; Victor Dodig, CIBC president and CEO; Scotiabank president and CEO Brian Porter; BMO financial group CEO Darryl White and TD president and CEO Bharat Masrani. In 2004, the Dominican Republic signed a Central American trade deal three months after the US and several of its neighbors signed.
Those rules require that a certain percentage of an imported vehicle's components be manufactured in the United States.
One big uncertain question for USA and foreign automakers is whether US tariffs on Canadian steel will be lifted. Days later, Trump's pick for USA ambassador to Canada, Kelly Craft, was sworn in to her new post in Ottawa. The Mexican government said the letter provided insurance that gave the auto industry scope to grow.