President Trump lambasted Canada on Thursday over its trade deal, singling out some industries and specifically saying, “What they have done to our dairy farmer workers is a disgrace.”
It’s not the first time President Trump has singled out a country and claimed that it was taking advantage of the United States. Canada, despite being a close ally, came under the fire this time.
Vowing to get to the “negotiating table” soon, Mr. Trump told a group of reporters at the White House:
“We’re not going to let Canada take advantage [of the U.S.].”
President Trump talked tough about the North American Free Trade Agreement earlier in the week. He had previously said his administration was only looking to “tweak” parts of NAFTA pertaining to Canada.
He told a cheering crowd in Wisconsin, home to more than a million dairy cows, earlier this week:
“What’s happened to you is very, very unfair. It’s another typical one-sided deal against the U.S., and it’s not going to be happening for long.”
Canada’s Ambassador to U.S., David MacNaughton, criticized President Trump on Tuesday night, saying the President is wrong when he says that Canada’s practices in the dairy industry are “very unfair.”
In a letter sent to the governors of Wisconsin and New York, Ambassador David stated that Canada was aware of the letter sent by the states to Trump to address Canadian dairy practices. He said:
“Canada does not accept the contention that Canada’s dairy policies are the cause of financial loss for dairy farmers in the United States.”
He attached a U.S. Department of Agriculture dairy outlook report that puts the blame on “U.S. and global overproduction.”
Canada’s relations with the U.S. are crucial as 75% of their exports go to U.S., while 18% of U.S. exports go to Canada. Fears are high among Canadians that they could get hurt once Trump renegotiates the North American Free Trade Agreement to target Mexico.