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Trump threatens to exclude Canada from NAFTA if no 'fair deal' reached

President Donald Trump threatened Canada that it would be removed from the new North American Free Trade Agreement if it fails to reach a "fair deal for the U.S."

"There is no political necessity to keep Canada in the new NAFTA deal. If we don't make a fair deal for the U.S. after decades of abuse, Canada will be out," Trump said in a tweet Sept. 1.

Trump also warned Congress he would end the NAFTA deal entirely if lawmakers interfere in the negotiations.

"Congress should not interfere with these negotiations or I will simply terminate NAFTA entirely and we will be far better off," Trump added.

Trade talks between the U.S. and Canada are set to resume June 5.

Trump had notified Congress of his intent to enter into a bilateral trade deal with Mexico, with hopes that Canada will soon follow. The U.S. and Canada were unable to reach a deal to revise the NAFTA by the end of Aug. 31.

The Trump administration struck a partial deal on the terms of a new trade agreement with Mexico, one that would boost auto worker wages as well as American and Mexican auto content in North American car production.

Trump, in another tweet Sept. 1, further blasted the NAFTA, saying it was the "worst trade deals ever made." In repeated attacks on NAFTA, the President said: "The U.S. lost thousands of businesses and millions of jobs. We were far better off before NAFTA - should never have been signed."

The U.S. and Canada have not ironed out differences on dairy products, with Trump criticizing the steep Canadian tariffs on U.S. dairy exports. Canada rejoined NAFTA revamp talks as Trump threatened to slap tariffs on cars and parts from Canada.