President Trump said Wednesday that he rejected a one-on-one meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the United Nations General Assembly amid a bitter renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
“Yeah, I did,” Trump falsely claimed at a press conference in New York when asked if he had rejected the meeting.
“His tariffs are too high, and he doesn’t seem to want to move, and I’ve told him forget about it, and frankly, we’re thinking about just taxing cars coming in from Canada,” Trump told reporters in explaining why he did not want to meet with Trudeau. “That’s the mother lode. That’s the big one.”
“We’re very unhappy with the negotiations and the negotiating style of Canada. We don’t like their representative [Chrystia Freeland] very much,” Trump added during a news conference.
However, Cameron Ahmad, a spokesman for Trudeau, rejected Trump’s claim, saying: “No meeting was requested and we do not have any comment beyond that.”
— CTV News (@CTVNews) September 26, 2018