Canada's ambassador to Washington says President Donald Trump is wrong when he says Canada's trade practices in the dairy industry are "very unfair".
He said that the US couldn't allow Canada to take advantage of what they have done to USA workers and farmers by not giving them access to the Canadian market.
-Canada trade relations. Trump, who was elected with the help of strong rural support, has pledged to renegotiate NAFTA to help USA industry.
"It's a trading disaster and we'll be reporting back some time over the next two weeks about NAFTA and what we're going to do about it".
Area farmers are speaking out following the news that several Wisconsin Dairy Processors are terminating milk contracts with farmers.
Trump made similar remarks in Wisconsin on Tuesday, calling the dairy trade relationship between the United States and Canada "very, very unfair".
Trump went on to suggest similar things are happening along the "northern border states with Canada, having to do with lumber and timber".
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"This is another NAFTA disaster and we're not going to let it continue onward".
It was a response to a joint letter to President Donald Trump from the governors, who said protectionist trade policies by Canada were to blame for a market disruption that will soon leave dozens of Wisconsin dairy farmers without a buyer for their milk. Their milk buyer dropped them suddenly over the policies, effective May 1, and the suddenness of the move gives them little time to find another buyer. Many of those farms may now be forced out of business. However, because the U.S. President refrained from providing much detail, it's unclear exactly what specific reforms will be discussed during future trade negotiations.
He called what Canada has done to USA dairy farmers a disgrace. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says the timeline will be expedited.
In response to Trump's latest comments on trade with Canada, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said the federal government "will always defend Canada's interests".
"Maintaining the production of American steel is extremely important to our national security and our defense industrial base", the president said. He made the latest remarks while in the process of signing an executive order on United States steel.
"Canada needs to prepare for any eventuality and be ready to vigorously defend Canadian interests, but overreacting to the president's rhetoric would be a mistake", said Roland Paris, professor of global affairs at University of Ottawa and Mr. Trudeau's former foreign-policy adviser.
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.