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Canadian officials have confronted President Trump's NAFTA negotiating team over an off the record remark in which Trump reportedly said he was not making any concessions to Canada, but couldn't say so publicly because it would kill the deal, the Toronto Star's Daniel Dale reports.

Behind the scenes: Trump reportedly told Bloomberg that making such a statement publicly would be "so insulting" that "they’re not going to be able to make a deal... I can’t kill these people." The purported statement was made off the record, but Dale was not party to that agreement.

The White House has not denied the report.

Spokesperson Lindsay Walters told Axios: “The Canadian and American negotiators continue to work on reaching a win-win deal that benefits both countries.”

What to watch: Trump announced a two-way agreement with Mexico on Tuesday, and wants to get Canada on board by the end of the day today in order to stay on track to sign the agreement before Mexico's new leftist government takes office.

  • That's a big hurdle for the Canadians, after having been sidelined in negotiations, given Trump's toxicity north of the border.
  • The U.S. has already backed off nearly all of its most controversial demands. The biggest remaining hurdles seem to be over Canada's protectionist dairy policies, and a system for handling investor disputes.

Go deeper: The trade deal before the trade war.

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Trump refuses to commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses

President Trump repeatedly refused to say on Wednesday whether he would commit to a peaceful transition of power if he loses the election to Joe Biden, saying at a press briefing: "We're going to have to see what happens."

The big picture: Trump has baselessly claimed on a number of occasions that the only way he will lose the election is if it's "rigged," claiming — without evidence — that mail-in ballots will result in widespread fraud. Earlier on Wednesday, the president said he wants to quickly confirm a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg because he believes the Supreme Court may have to decide the result of the election.

"Not enough": Protesters react to no murder charges in Breonna Taylor case

A grand jury has indicted Brett Hankison, one of the Louisville police officers who entered Breonna Taylor's home in March, on three counts of wanton endangerment for firing shots blindly into neighboring apartments.

The state of play: Angering protesters, the grand jury did not indict any of the three officers involved in the botched drug raid on homicide or manslaughter charges related to the death of Taylor.

Dave Lawler, author of World
Updated 1 hour ago - World

U.S. no longer recognizes Lukashenko as legitimate president of Belarus

Lukashenko at his secret inauguration. Photo: Andrei Stasevich/BELTA/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. no longer recognizes Aleksandr Lukashenko as the legitimate president of Belarus, the State Department said in a statement on Wednesday.

Why it matters: Lukashenko has clung to power with the support of Russia amid seven weeks of protests that have followed a blatantly rigged election. Fresh protests broke out Wednesday evening in Minsk after it emerged that Lukashenko had held a secret inauguration ceremony.

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