The President of the United States of America, Donald Trump refused to hold a meeting with the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. As per reports, the reason for not holding a meeting is because of an ongoing trade conflict between the two countries. At the ongoing 73rd session of the United Nation General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York, Trump said that he was not happy with the methods of trade negotiations which are put forward by the Canadian representatives.
Trump asserted that Trudeau's tariffs are too high and he will reportedly not reduce it. Trump further said that he is not at all happy with the way the representatives of Canada is dealing with the trade negotiations.
In reaction to Trump's comments over the Canadian representatives, some officials from Canada reportedly said they did not request any US officials to hold a meeting with Donald Trump.
The tension between the two countries has emerged more when Trump decided to not include Canada's capital Ottawa in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed in 1994 between three countries, The United States Of America, Canada and Mexico. This pact provided an operation of free trade between the countries and also eliminated tariffs on the goods and services which passed between these countries. Though the US President feels that the NAFTA is one of the worst trade deals as reportedly the people of the US has lost tons of businesses and jobs due to this.
The trade conflict between the two countries dates back to the 1980s. The conflict started with the 1996 Lumber agreement between the US and Canada. This agreement aimed at establishing tariffs and quotas on Canadian imports of softwood. However, the deal ended in 2015. Reportedly, the US industry of Lumber is huge. On May 31, 2018, President Donald Trump announced that the US will impose 25% and 10% tariffs on U.S. imports of Canadian steel and aluminum products. This was contrary to the NAFTA deal.