Trump says Canada, Mexico being 'very difficult' on NAFTA


US President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to express his latest opinions about NAFTA, claiming that both Canada and Mexico were being "difficult" in the renegotiation process.

The ministry also rejected Trump's assertion that Canada and Mexico are both being "very difficult" in renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Various U.S. economic sectors, including agriculture and auto manufacturing, have benefited considerably from NAFTA and have expressed concern to the Trump administration about a prospective demise of the trade deal.

During a joint press conference with President of Finland Sauli Niinistö on Monday, President Donald Trump fielded a question regarding one of his long-held, highly-contested campaign promises: The border wall between Mexico and the U.S.

Yet seven days after taking office, Trump told Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto that he understood that Mexico wouldn't actually pay for the wall, but asked Peña not to say that publicly because it would cause political problems for Trump with his supporters.

During a campaign rally on Tuesday, in Phoenix, Ariz., Trump said he didn't think the US could make a deal, and would end up "probably terminating NAFTA at some point, probably".

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The second round of the NAFTA renegotiation is scheduled to begin Friday in Mexico City. On Sunday, as heartbreaking images of flooded homes and streets circulated online and we learned that the death count rose to five, Trump tweeted about the wall and Mexico. Mexico will pay for it through reimbursement/other.

Last week, Trump threatened to shut down the federal government if Congress didn't pass legislation to fund construction of the wall. He also suggested he would follow through on previous threats to pull the USA out of the trade pact he called the "worst deal ever made". Both being very hard. "If we have to close down our government", Trump said, "we're building that wall".

One day earlier, Mexico vowed it would not pay "under any circumstances".

House appropriators added $1.6 billion for the wall in a homeland security funding bill, but it still has to go through the Senate.

Homeland security adviser Tom Bossert said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday that he was confident Congress would meet Trump's budget request and wouldn't speculate on whether the president would veto a measure without it. "I believe that you will probably have to at least start the termination process before a fair deal could be arrived at because it's been a one-sided deal", Trump said.