The United States and Canada are close to a trade deal, but there’s still “several sticking points” ahead of a midnight deadline, White House economic adviser Peter Navarro said Sunday.
"Everybody is negotiating in good faith right now as we speak," Navarro said in Fox News interview, the Washington Examiner reported.
"The deadline is midnight tonight to get the text in to Congress ... so it's either going to be the text goes in with Mexico and the U.S. or the text goes in with all three countries."
The director of the White House National Trade Council said he’d "just spoke" with the U.S. negotiating team, and that there was “broad agreement" on some matters though an impasse with Canada on the country's dairy market and support for continued trade dispute-resolution panels, the Examiner reported.
"Here's where things stand,” he said.
“The broad brush of the deal is two things: One is we want to restore North America as a manufacturing powerhouse by reclaiming the supply chain. The deal in principle with Mexico will do that. If Canada comes in, that's great.”
"There's also a modernization component that brings in things like protection for digital, [intellectual property], pharma, and things like that. That's where things stand. There is broad agreement on virtually all of that. There are several sticking points. You mentioned one, dairy is another."
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