Strident Trump takes aim at trade with Canada


Trump said this week he would make "some very big changes" to the NAFTA treaty with Canada and Mexico or "we are going to get rid of NAFTA for once and for all".

Signing his executive order to probe foreign threats to the US steel industry, the president called his perceived trade imbalance with Canada as "a disgrace". The two nations are embroiled in a long-standing dispute over exports of Canadian softwood lumber, which USA producers complain are unfairly subsidized.

Trump, who has frequently bashed the free trade deal with Canada and Mexico, did not hint at what the changes might be.

Trump vowed to move "very, very quickly" on negotiations with Canada, saying he would have a more detailed plan in coming weeks.

"The U.S. has a $400 million dairy surplus with Canada so it's not Canada that's the challenge here", he said in an interview with Bloomberg.

"Canada, what they've done to our dairy farm workers is a disgrace, it's a disgrace".

"When customers in Canada, who have been purchasing milk products from American suppliers for years, suddenly decide to switch to domestic suppliers after Canada implements a major change in milk pricing, it is abundantly clear that the lost business incurred by USA farmers is directly tied to Canada's milk pricing system", Mulhern said. "It's a disgrace", said Trump.

The president took issue with changes on milk classification that he says have put farmers in Wisconsin and NY state out of business.

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The U.S. dairy industry views that Canadian milk pricing scheme to be an unfair trade practice - one that this week caught Trump's attention.

During his remarks, Trump weighed in on another economic issue, promising to find a solution to a trade dispute with Canada that has left dairy farmers in Wisconsin and NY without a market they had for a product called ultra-filtered milk, a protein liquid concentrate used to make cheese. "Canada buys more from the US than any other country - including the EU, Mexico, China and Japan", Freeland wrote.

As he offered congratulations on Canada's 150th birthday, Gentiloni said the two countries share "the same line" on many issues.

For that reason, the USA industry statement in the letter to Trump earns a rating of "a lot of baloney".

While Trump's "America First" attitude has yet to show up in any successful legislation, it has appeared in numerous executive actions, including the order he was signing in his office Thursday as he complained about Canada.

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He said Canada imports 6.3 percent of its cheese, 10 percent of its butter and 10 percent of its milk powders from the U.S, while the USA imports 3 percent of its cheese, 3 percent of its butter and 8 percent of its milk powders from Canada.

"Our government will always defend Canada's interests", she said. Despite the strong words, MacNaughton is downplaying any talk of growing trade irritants with the United States.