He told Bloomberg News in an interview published Friday that he would not compromise with Canada and said that he would take a stance "so insulting they're not going to be able to make a deal", according to the Toronto Star.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, reached out to former prime minister Brian Mulroney, centre, about the NAFTA negotiations.
Sending the notification to Congress effectively sets a new clock for the Nafta negotiations.
The decades-old trilateral trade agreement, which was first signed in 1994, has been a frequent target of Trump, who has criticized large trade deficits the USA has with Mexico and Canada, as well as the relocation of American jobs and companies.
A spokesperson said Trudeau also spoke with Jerry Dias, the president of the Unifor union which represents autoworkers, and Hassan Yussuff, the president of the Canadian Labour Congress.
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Trump added to that sentiment a few hours later, saying there is "no political necessity" for Canada to be included in a trade deal involving the US and Mexico. Trump on Saturday, in his Twitter posts, reprised his attacks that NAFTA has resulted in a loss of U.S.jobs and business. Talks will resume next week. "Canada will be out", he went on to write. "Congress should not interfere w/ these negotiations or I will simply terminate NAFTA entirely & we will be far better off..."
"Remember, NAFTA was one of the WORST Trade Deals ever made".
While the two sides failed to meet a deadline set by the White House, both U.S. and Canadian negotiators insisted that they were making progress. We were far better off before NAFTA - should never have been signed. "And we will only agree to a deal that is a good deal for Canada".
The president also called the current trade agreement 'one of the worst deals ever made, ' and also threatened to axe the deal if Congress interferes with trade negotiations.