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Trump says Canada is being "very difficult" in NAFTA talks, suggests terminating

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump waves as he walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington to board Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. and then onto Yuma, Ariz., to visit the U.S. border with Mexico and attend a rally in Phoenix.
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August 27, 2017 - 1:00 PM

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump is again suggesting that NAFTA be terminated, this time saying that both Canada and Mexico are being "very difficult".

While he's threatened to end the trade agreement before, this is the first time Trump has complained about Canada's role in the talks.

Canada, the U.S. and Mexico began formal negotiations earlier this month to rework the 23-year-old trade deal.

When Trump previously threatened to blow up NAFTA, a representative for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said "heated rhetoric" is common in trade negotiations, but that Canada's priorities remain the same.

Adam Austen said last week that Canada will "continue to work hard to modernize NAFTA," in spite of the threats.

Experts of trade law say cancelling NAFTA would be complicated: it would prompt a legal showdown between the White House and Congress.

The latter once passed a law implementing NAFTA and could argue it is still on the books, meaning the agreement remains in effect.

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