"We have, on various occasions, heard the president speak about his interest or his musings about a bilateral deal instead of the trilateral NAFTA that we have," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated. "
Commenting on the recently introduced US tariffs on steel and aluminum later in the day, Canada's Trade Minister Francois Philippe Champagne called it the attack on the world economic order.
"What we are seeing is that the world economic order is under pressure, under attack," Champagne stated.
A similar position on the trade row with the US was voiced earlier by Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo, who stated that his country sees NAFTA as a more beneficial option for all sides.
Trade Row With the US
The situation around the future of the NAFTA deal became uncertain after US President Donald Trump announced the introduction of 25% import tariffs on steel and 10% tariffs on aluminum for many countries, including its allies, in a bid to "fix the trade balance." Canada, Mexico and European countries were temporarily relieved of the measure, but when the deadline arrived, Trump decided not to prolong the relief.