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EU: US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the United States has reached a “complete stalemate” with the EU over intractable agricultural demands, though Trump and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker declared in a Rose Garden press conference last year that the two leaders had agreed to the makings of a deal.
China: Donald Trump’s four-week time frame for the United States and China to settle on an agreement to end the trade war is not guaranteed, with an editorial in a newspaper closely affiliated with Beijing urging patience “ as neither side has made any promise that there will definitely be a deal.”
Mexico: “Regarding the threat of tariffs, (the) President believes that the border issue, the border security, the wall, the breakdown in immigration are very important issues — including the drug trafficking. So he is saying, if need be, he may have to take the emergency steps to deal with that. He’s just issuing a warning, and if you know this President as I do, you better listen to him.”
El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras: Whose citizens are fleeing north and overwhelming U.S. resources at the southern border. The State Department notified Congress that it would look to suspend 2017 and 2018 payments to the trio of nations, which have been home to some of the migrant caravans that have marched through Mexico to the U.S. border.
Canada: U.S. President Donald Trump publicly bragged about pressuring Canada to accept his terms for a new North American free-trade agreement after he said the negotiators were “not at all nice” during the talks, but he “made them nice.”