Donald Trump praises Mexico, threatens Canada with auto tariffs

Canada warns the U.S. it will strike back if it imposes tariffs on the Canadian auto industry

Canada warns the U.S. it will strike back if it imposes tariffs on the Canadian auto industry

The NAFTA is a deal signed by the US, Canada and Mexico, creating a trilateral trade bloc in North America.

Asked as he arrived for Friday's talks in Washington if he could finish the US-Mexico issues on Friday, Guajardo said "I don't think today but we are very close".

Trump took a different tact, however, with Canada.

He added that any deal with Mexico must take care of American autoworkers and farmers, but he praised the new Mexican president, calling him "an absolute gentleman".

"Canada must wait", Trump tweeted.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray discussed addressing irregular migration through Mexico and the region, a State Department spokesperson said.

Adam Austen, a spokesman for 's foreign minister, added: "We're glad and the USA continue to work out their bilateral issues. It's the only way we'll get to a deal", Austen said.

Earlier Friday, U.S. officials met Mexican counterparts in Washington to resolve.

The automotive officials said that Mexico had sought reassurances that new content rules would not cause losses of existing facilities or jobs in the sector and that a NAFTA deal would make Mexico immune to any automotive tariff Trump imposes on national security grounds.

The United States has sought tougher rules on what percentage of a vehicle's components need to be built in the NAFTA region to avoid tariffs, as well as demanding that a certain number of cars and trucks be made in factories paying at least $16 an hour. Trump's tweets referenced efforts to renegotiate the terms of the North American Free trade Agreement, or NAFTA.

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