Trump reasserts U.S. desire for bilateral trade with Canada instead of NAFTA

Donald Trump used his first public remarks on Canadian soil as president to reassert his desire to strike a bilateral trade deal with Canada, rather than a renegotiate a trilateral NAFTA.

The U.S. president made the comment as he sat down for a one-on-one meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Quebec's Charlevoix region.

Speaking briefly to reporters, Trump says reaching a new trade agreement could be much easier if the trilateral NAFTA were in a different form, perhaps as one-on-one deals with Canada and Mexico, and he thinks it would be better for both countries.

Trump also says Canada and the U.S. have made progress in their efforts to cut tariffs and he insists the relationship is as good or better than it's ever been.

Trudeau said very little after Trump's remarks, except to mention that NAFTA is in good shape.

Earlier this week, Trump mused about replacing NAFTA with bilateral trade deals with Canada and Mexico, but Trudeau shot the idea down.