White House: Trump's Trade Call With Trudeau 'Amicable.' Canada: Not So Much

President Donald Trump accused Canada of hurting milk producers in Wisconsin and other USA states, warning that he will not continue to put up with such behaviour.

Canada's Justin Trudeau and President Trump spoke on Tuesday, and both countries had a different version of how that phone call went.

Earlier in the day, Trump accused Canada of making business for American dairy farmers in Wisconsin and other border states very hard.

Until now, it was thought that Canada, due to its historical good relations with the United States would be able to get an exemption from the Trump administration's determined aim to balance the United States' trade deficits with the world. "I love Canada. But they've outsmarted our politicians for many years".

"We don't want to be taken advantage of by other countries, and that's stopping and that's stopping fast", Trump said Monday before signing an executive order on an agriculture task force.

Resolute, the Canadian lumber firm, denied it is subsidized.

"The Liberals have completely failed in 100 of Canadian communities in this softwood lumber file", opposition and New Democratic Party leader Tom Mulcair said at a press conference organized by Canadian Press.

Colbert had an idea for how the two countries could ease tensions.

Earlier in the day, Trudeau denied U.S. accusations against Ottawa over its alleged harmful softwood lumber trade practices, the prime minister's office said in a press release.

"The Government of Canada strongly disagrees with (this) decision to impose an unfair and punitive duty", said Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr.

Going beyond his protectionist rhetoric, the USA president's government has imposed duties of about 20 per cent on Canadian lumber exports.

Freeland says she has had "detailed and substantive" discussions with U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in recent days but the two sides are still far apart.

Trump has threatened to scrap the free trade agreement between Canada, U.S. and Mexico if it can't be renegotiated.

Trump has called the move "a disgrace" that's hurting USA producers in dairy states like Wisconsin.

Wisconsin is the largest dairy producer in the US and runs the biggest trade surplus in dairy products with Canada.

"For us, (US tariffs are) a negative effect on our Canadian business, but the real loser in all of this is the USA homebuilder and United States consumer".

However, it's important to bear in mind that NAFTA negotiations have not started yet, she said.

A U.S. homebuilder group called the ruling "shortsighted".

The softwood lumber dispute between Washington and Ottawa has also seen many twists and turns for almost 35 years, with U.S. producers accusing their Canadian counterparts of exporting lumber at subsidized prices, harming American businesses.

"There is enormous potential", he said from Beijing, citing heavy Chinese demand.

  • Zachary Reyes