Marathon trade talks between the U.S. and Canada moved into what Canada’s chief negotiator called “an intense rhythm,” as the two sides rushed to try to strike a deal by the Friday deadline set by the Trump administration.
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke briefly to reporters Thursday afternoon during a break on the third day of the talks in Washington. Freeland didn’t elaborate on the substance of the exchange. “The atmosphere is good, and there’s good will on both sides,” she said. “We are making progress.” A spokesman for Freeland’s U.S. counterpart, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, didn’t respond to a request for comment.
Freeland, who arrived in Washington on Tuesday, met Thursday morning with Lighthizer and Jared Kushner, a senior adviser and son-in-law of President Trump. She met again with Lighthizer for four hours from late Thursday afternoon into the evening.
“There remains distance on key issues,” a Canadian official familiar with the discussions said during a break. The official declined to say whether the Friday deadline could be met, saying “we’ll take the time it takes to get a good deal for Canada.”
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