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Negotiations between Canada and the United States to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) ended on Friday without a deal, missing a self-imposed deadline set by US President Donald Trump.

Officials had appeared to be on track to reach a deal that would rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement, but in a freaky twist, inflammatory comments from President Donald Trump angered Canadian officials and threatened to upend the talks.

The Star published comments made by Trump during an interview with Bloomberg News on Thursday, which he meant to be off the record. If I say no, then you're going to put that, and it's going to be so insulting they're not going to be able to make a deal ...

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Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland takes part in a news conference at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, U.S., August 31, 2018.

"We're not there yet", she said, speaking about an agreement.

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After Trudeau spoke with regional leaders, they appeared to soften their tone in defense of Canada's protected dairy sector, suggesting a compromise may be in the works that would grant the United States greater access to the Canadian milk market. The Trump administration had given Canada until Friday to join a preliminary deal it reached earlier in the week with Mexico or risk being left out.

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Earlier Friday, the Trump administration pushed Canada to give ground on its politically sensitive dairy sector, which is protected by a system of quotas given to domestic farmers. "But US exporters to Mexico and Canada need it too".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the conversations have been very positive, but declined to comment on the details.

"There have been no concessions by Canada on agriculture", he said.

Still, Trump this week expressed confidence that Canada and the U.S. will be able to strike a deal, hinting that there may be some flexibility in Washington's deadline.

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Trump separately said on Friday that Canada had taken advantage of the United States on trade. As well, American media is reporting that the White House would face stiff resistance from pro-NAFTA congressional Republicans if Trump tried to shrink the trade pact to a U.S. -Mexico deal.

In Charlotte, Trump added that if the USA does not reach a deal with Canada, "that's just fine", offering a variation of one of the lines leaked to the Toronto Star paper: "I say affectionately, we'll just have to tariff those cars coming in, that's a lot of money coming into the coffers of the United States".

"At least Canada knows where I stand", he later said on Twitter.

The daily also said Lighthizer has been pushing Ottawa to abandon cultural protections in a redraft of the agreement.

Opening a small percentage of the Canadian dairy market to US imports would allow Mr. Trump to declare a political victory without causing serious damage to this country's milk sector, especially if Ottawa compensates farmers here.

But challenges remain. The United States wants to eliminate Chapter 19, a dispute-resolution mechanism that has hindered it from pursuing anti-dumping and anti-subsidy cases.

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If the goal of the NAFTA talks was to simplify rules of origin and allow for more integration and cost efficiencies in the North American auto sector, consumers might expect to reap a cost-saving benefit, said Patrick Leblond, an global relations professor at the University of Ottawa.

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