Does Trump like to fight with neighbours? First with Mexico, now Canada
Donald Trump picks trade fight with Canada
26 Apr 2017 06:33
[WASHINGTON] Trade tensions spiked between Washington and Ottawa on Tuesday as President Donald Trump accused Canada of being "very rough" on its southern neighbour and threatened to retaliate against new restrictions on US dairy products.
Mr Trump also touted his administration's surprise decision late on Monday to rekindle an old trade conflict with America's second-largest trading partner by slapping new tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber.
"People don't realise, Canada has been very rough on the United States. Everyone thinks of Canada of being nice but they've outsmarted our politicians for many years," Mr Trump told a group of farmers at the White House.
He said Canada was hurting American dairy farmers near the border, from Wisconsin to New York, by blocking dairy exports "and we're not going to put up with it".