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"We are going to stand up for our dairy farmers in Wisconsin. that demands really, immediately fair trade with all our trading partners, and that includes Canada", Trump said during an appearance in Wisconsin, which along with NY could lose hundreds of millions of dollars if the dispute is not resolved.

"It's another typical one-sided deal against the United States and it's not going to be happening for long", Trump said.

White House officials say Trump's order looks at lifting exemptions that allow foreign companies to bid on projects in the US, something Canada now enjoys under NAFTA. They're blaming Canada for their woes - and Trump took up their cause: "Because in Canada, some very unfair things have happened to our dairy farmers".

"We're not going to let Canada take advantage [of the U.S.]", Trump told the group of reporters, claiming Canadian policies had hurt United States timber and lumber jobs as well. "Included in there is lumber, timber and energy".

"Ultimately governors and people in the states recognize the importance of our relationship and that it's two-way, and we are going to continue to build on that", McNeil said. Walker said he also planned to talk privately with Trump about the issue during his stop in Wisconsin on Tuesday.

Recently, Canada implemented a new national pricing policy that blatantly blocks American dairy exports and will enable significant dumping of Canadian dairy products onto the world market.

The critical tone toward Canada contrasts with his warm words for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when the Canadian leader visited the White House in February.

"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 US farmers is directly tied to Canada's milk pricing system", Mulhern said. Canadians have rebuked those claims, arguing the USA produces too much milk in a global market already saturated with it.

Trump's heated rhetoric on Canadian trade changes a softer tone his administration has directed toward Canada since he took office in January.

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Once Mr. Lighthizer is in place, the administration is expected to consult key lawmakers on Nafta, then send formal notification that it intends to start negotiations with Canada and Mexico in 90 days.

"Canada's repeated disregard for its dairy trade commitments to the United States has left American dairy farmers enduring the severe and unfair consequences", NMPF president Jim Mulhern said.

"I do feel our country right now...really gets that this is a critical moment", Freeland said.

"The fact is, NAFTA - whether it's Mexico or Canada - is a disaster for our country".

While Canada and the US enjoy the world's largest bilateral trading relationship, with roughly $2 billion in goods and services crossing the border each day, disputes do boil over.

"President Trump's reaction is not surprising". "The U.S.is the elephant". Trudeau and Trump are also at odds over softwood lumber. The result has been a steep drop in the demand for ultrafiltered milk from the U.S. About 75 family farms in the U.S. have been affected, and U.S. dairy processors have lost $150 million in revenues, the Post reported.

He also defended one of the Canadian policies that's been panned by USA officials - the National Ingredient Strategy.

"I wasn't going to do this", Trump said.

According to an article in the Washington Post, Canadian dairy farmers a year ago reduced pricing on ultrafiltered milk, which is used to make cheese.

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