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Trump attacks union leader on Labour Day

Published:Tuesday | September 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM


President Donald Trump started his Labour Day with an attack on a top union leader, lashing out after criticism from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

Trump tweeted Monday that Trumka "represented his union poorly on television this weekend". He added: "it is easy to see why unions are doing so poorly. A Dem!"

The president's attack came after Trumka appeared on 'Fox News Sunday' over the weekend, where he said efforts to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), should include Canada. Trumka, whose organisation is an umbrella group for most unions, said the economies of the United States, Canada and Mexico are "integrated" and "it's pretty hard to see how that would work without having Canada in the deal".

Trump said Saturday on Twitter that there was "no political necessity" to keep Canada in NAFTA. But it's questionable whether Trump can unilaterally exclude Canada from a deal to replace the three-nation NAFTA agreement without the approval of Congress. Any such move would likely face lengthy legal and congressional challenges.

Trump administration's negotiations to keep Canada in the reimagined trade bloc are to resume this week as Washington and Ottawa try to break a deadlock over issues such as Canada's dairy market and US efforts to shield drug companies from generic competition.