Trump wants separate trade deals with Canada, Mexico, says adviser Kudlow

Donald Trump's leading economic adviser says the president wants to strike separate, bilateral trade deals with Canada and Mexico rather than continue renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Larry Kudlow, the director of Trump's National Economic Council, says the president indicated that preference to him when they spoke on Monday.

Kudlow was speaking today on the Fox News morning program, Fox and Friends.

He also says he relayed that message to a senior member of the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office.

The remarks are likely to create more economic uncertainty between Canada and the U.S. following Trump's imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs that now affect imports from this country, Mexico and Europe.

Kudlow said Trump doesn't plan on withdrawing from NAFTA, but he wants to try a different approach.