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Donald Trump won’t wait for Canada, new NAFTA sent to Congress

President Trump on Friday notified Congress that he was moving ahead with a U.S.-Mexico deal to replace NAFTA, possibly without Canada, said the top U.S. trade negotiator.

The move signaled that talks with Canada had bogged down ahead of the Friday deadline Mr. Trump set for Ottawa to get on board.

“Today the President notified the Congress of his intent to sign a trade agreement with Mexico – and Canada, if it is willing – 90 days from now,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement.

Mr. Trump wanted to start the required 90-day layover before Congress can ratify the agreement.

The Friday deadline was aimed at getting the deal approved before the Dec. 1 inauguration of Mexico’s President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a far-left politician whom some fear will scuttle a deal.

The 90 days will run out Nov. 30.

Canada could still join the agreement, said Mr. Lighthizer.

“The agreement is the most advanced and high-standard trade agreement in the world. Over the next few weeks, Congress and cleared advisors from civil society and the private sector will be able to examine the agreement. They will find it has huge benefits for our workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses,” he said.

He continued, “We have also been negotiating with Canada throughout this year-long process. This week those meetings continued at all levels. The talks were constructive, and we made progress. Our officials are continuing to work toward agreement.”

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