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U.S. to tweak trade relations with Canada, Trump says

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 01:05

When asked about his plan to renegotiate NAFTA, President Donald Trump told a news conference Monday that the U.S. has an ''outstanding trade relationship with Canada'' and will only be ''tweaking'' trade relations with the northern neighbor. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The United States intends only to tweak its trade relations with Canada, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday, adding that the two countries had a "much less severe situation" compared to Mexico, which Trump has singled out in his criticism of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). When asked during a news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about his vow to renegotiate NAFTA and what changes he had in mind for Canada, Trump said the U.S. and Canada shared an "outstanding trade relationship" and that his negotiations would focus on Mexico. Trump's vow to renegotiate NAFTA has unnerved Canadian officials. Canada sends 75 percent of its exports to the United States. Canadians have become more supportive of NAFTA since Trump's election victory on Nov. 8, a poll from the Angus Reid Institute showed on Monday. Forty-four percent of the 1,508 surveyed said NAFTA had benefited Canada, up from 25 percent from a poll last June.

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U.S. to tweak trade relations with Canada, Trump says

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 01:05