Trump says ‘we don’t like their representative very much’ – an apparent reference to foreign minister Chrystia Freeland

It was a passing remark which almost went unnoticed amid the bluster and hyperbole of Donald Trump’s rambling press conference this week, but the president has yet again cast doubt on the future of critical free trade talks between Canada and the US.

Despite a US-set deadline of 30 September to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), negotiations have by all accounts come to a standstill. The American trade delegation recently signed a revised free trade agreement with Mexico – but Canada has been left waiting for its own deal.

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