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Trump praises incoming Mexican President as 'an absolute gentleman,' then threatens Canada


President Donald Trump said Friday that a trade deal with Mexico is ‘coming along nicely’.

But he threatened Canada with auto tariffs if the U.S. and Canada can’t forge a deal.

Trump appeared to be referring to efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada in his tweet from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

He said any deal with Mexico must take care of American autoworkers and farmers, but he praised the new president of Mexico, calling him ‘an absolute gentleman’.

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Trump said any deal with Mexico must take care of American autoworkers and farmers, but he praised the new president of Mexico calling him 'an absolute gentleman'

President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (pictured) appears to have struck a friendly rapport with Trump since winning the national election in July.

Trump said any deal with Mexico must take care of American autoworkers and farmers, but he praised the new president of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (pictured), calling him ‘an absolute gentleman’

Mexico’s electoral court certified the July 1 election victory of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Wednesday. 

The President-elect appears to have struck a rapport with Trump after promising to improve Mexico’s economy and security when he takes office in December.

Trump's relationship with Canada, however, has been far less friendly, a fact that was highlighted on Friday with a Presidential tweet (Oictured: Canadian PM Justin Trudeau) 

Trump’s relationship with Canada, however, has been far less friendly, a fact that was highlighted on Friday with a Presidential tweet (Oictured: Canadian PM Justin Trudeau) 

‘There will be many changes,’ Obrador wrote in a seven-page letter sent to Trump late last month. 

‘And in this new atmosphere of progress with well-being, I’m sure we can reach agreements to confront together the migration phenomenon as well as the problem of border insecurity.’

Days later, Trump responded by praising his new Mexican counterpart and noted that the two men ‘both achieved electoral success by providing a clear vision for making our countries stronger and better.’

Trump’s relationship with Canada, however, has been far less friendly, a fact that was highlighted on Friday with a Presidential tweet.

‘Canada must wait,’ Trump posted to Twitter. ‘Their Tariffs and Trade Barriers are far too high. Will tax cars if we can’t make a deal!’

Canada responded with a statement Friday night, saying: ‘Our focus is unchanged. We’ll keep standing up for Canadian interests as we work toward a modernized trilateral NAFTA agreement.’

 'Our focus is unchanged,' Canada responded with a statement Friday. 'We'll keep standing up for Canadian interests as we work toward a modernized trilateral NAFTA agreement'

 ‘Our focus is unchanged,’ Canada responded with a statement Friday. ‘We’ll keep standing up for Canadian interests as we work toward a modernized trilateral NAFTA agreement’

Trump appeared to be referring to efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada (Pictured: autoworkers in Marysville, Ohio on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017)

Trump appeared to be referring to efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada (Pictured: autoworkers in Marysville, Ohio on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017)

Adam Austen, a spokesman for Canada’s foreign minister, added: ‘We’re glad Mexico and the U.S. continue to work out their bilateral issues. It’s the only way we’ll get to a deal.’

Trump has repeatedly lashed out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over economic issues such as tariffs and trade policy.  

In June, Trump called the Prime Minister ‘dishonest’ and ‘weak’ following a contentious G7 summit held in Canada. 

Trudeau had criticized the President over threats he made to impose trade tariffs on Canadian goods, evoking a response from Trump via Twitter.    

‘PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, “US Tariffs were kind of insulting” and he “will not be pushed around.” Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!,’ Trump wrote.    



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