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Nafta Deal Unlikely This Week, Raising Tariff Fears

  • Lighthizer and Freeland are resuming talks in Washington
  • Scalise warns that Congress is losing patience with Canada
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Ambassador Carla Hills, a former U.S. Trade Representative, examines the state of Nafta negotiations.(Source: Bloomberg)
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Nafta talks are picking up again but a deal is unlikely to be reached this week, four people familiar with discussions said -- increasing the odds the latest deadline will be missed amid Donald Trump’s threat to freeze Canada out.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, after her first in-person meeting in more than a week with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington on Wednesday, said talks are still productive. Negotiators need to do more work, Freeland told reporters, adding she’ll meet Lighthizer again in the afternoon.