On Labor Day, Trump takes aim at AFL-CIO union chief

Canada Trade Talks In Jeopardy After Leaked ‘Off The Record’ Trump Comments

President Donald Trump took time on Labor Day to attack one of the country's top labor leaders.

"Unfortunately, to date, the things that he's done to hurt workers outpace what he's done to help workers", Trumpka said, complaining about the president's tax cuts for big companies and his decision to cut health and safety regulations as well as overtime rules.

President Donald Trump may be insisting that the USA will be "better off" without a North American free trade deal that includes Canada, but American unions do not agree-and neither does the tech industry.

"Congress should not interfere [with] these negotiations or I will simply terminate NAFTA entirely [and] we will be far better off". But "Canada will only sign a deal that's a good deal for Canada, we are very, very clear about that", she added.

In a second tweet Saturday, Trump suggested that the United States would be better off with no trade agreement than with a flawed NAFTA deal.

The negotiations to rewrite it dragged on for a year and Canada stayed on the sidelines this summer while the USA and Mexico executed the hard bargaining.

Any deal with Canada would be "totally on our terms", the Toronto Star quoted Trump as saying in an off-the-record aside during an interview with Bloomberg News. The US president warned Congress against interfering, threatening to kill the deal single-handedly.

But Freeland couldn't break an impasse in four days of negotiations with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

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"Wow, I made OFF THE RECORD COMMENTS to Bloomberg concerning Canada, and this powerful understanding was BLATANTLY VIOLATED", Trump wrote - ignoring the fact that the remarks were reported via an anonymous source by the Star, unencumbered by any such restrictions. "It's hard to see how that would work without Canada on the deal". The president has alsocelebrated the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to weaken unions in Janus vs. AFSCME and pushed steel tariffs which are expected to lead to the loss of 146,000 jobs.

U.S. -Canadian talks over the 25-year-old trade pact are set to resume on Wednesday.

On Saturday, President Donald Trump tweeted that Canada will be left out of the new NAFTA agreement if a fair deal can't be reached, stating there was "no political necessity" for its inclusion. The White House set a deadline for Friday because it wanted to notify Congress in time for Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to sign the accord before his successor, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, takes office on December 1. "So, overall, workers aren't doing as well".

On Friday, Trump notified Congress of his plans to sign an agreement with Mexico in 90 days to replace NAFTA, before President Enrique Pena Nieto leaves office December 1. Ottawa does have other complaints.

"If we don't make a fair deal for the USA after decades of abuse, Canada will be out", he wrote.

But the talks with Canada snagged over the mechanisms used to resolve disputes among partners, and on Ottawa's strictly controlled dairy sector.

"I also strongly urge Canada to step up and demonstrate that it can take on the ambitious obligations of the agreement with the aim of concluding a modern, seamless three-way agreement", he said.

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