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Talks continued late into the night again between Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, including one meeting late Thursday that lasted only a few minutes.

With the USA deadline to get an agreement by Friday, there were reports the sides were struggling to find compromise on the NAFTA mechanism for resolving trade disputes and on Canada's managed dairy market. "We still don't know the specifics of this trade agreement, or whether it will measure up to the claims of an administration with a bad record of delivering", she said.

The White House now has 30 days before it must present the full text of the new agreement to Congress, which will give Ottawa and Washington time to iron out remaining differences.

KEVIN DIETSCH/UPI/NewscomPresident Donald Trump has confirmed that he publicly said he couldn't publicly say that he was killing a trade deal with Canada, because it would kill the trade deal with Canada, which is now dead. "There have been no concessions by Canada on agriculture", a U.S. Trade Representative's Office spokesperson said Friday in an email. That agreement, which is not yet in effect, includes a section on geographical indicators, a reality Schwanen said works to Mexico's advantage.

"Ultimately, we've got huge issues that are still to be resolved", said Jerry Dias, head of Canada's influential Unifor labor union.

"My negotiating counterparty is Ambassador Lighthizer and, as I've said, he has brought good faith and goodwill to the table", she said when asked directly about Trump's comments.

Despite the president's assertions, however, it is still possible that the leaks of his remarks came from another official within the Trump White House and not from the Bloomberg reporters themselves.

A report from the Toronto Star focuses on comments Trump made about refusing to make any compromises with Canadian officials. "Canada is a country that is good at finding win-win compromises - having said that, in trade negotiations, in this negotiation, we always stand up for the national interest and that is what we're going to continue to do".

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Some U.S. lawmakers insist the administration only had authority to negotiate a deal with both Mexico and Canada, and not a bilateral one.

After Trudeau spoke with regional leaders, they appeared to soften their tone in defense of Canada's protected dairy sector, suggesting a compromise may be in the works that would grant the USA greater access to the Canadian milk market. Trump had portrayed Canada as desperate for a deal, himself as entirely inflexible.

"Nothing that's going down right now in Washington should be presented as being a win from a consumer point of view, or an economic point of view", says economic consultant and researcher Dan Ciuriak, senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

The notification is meant to immediately start the mandatory 90-day countdown before an agreement can be formally signed. "At least Canada knows where I stand!".

Trump has repeatedly criticized Canada's dairy industry and has used the threat of tariffs on Canada's auto production to push for concessions.

"If the Canadian market is opened up, I would anticipate a very long transition period, so whatever benefits might accrue would be quite far down the line", she said, pointing to slow uptake by business of provisions included in the Canada-EU trade agreement known as CETA.

Describing the agreement as a great deal for the American people, he said it set a new tone for all trade agreements, proof of the high standard that his administration would require of any country entering a new trade agreement with the United States.

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