‘Canada does not treat us right’

U.S. pres­i­dent crit­i­cizes trade, bor­der re­la­tions

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U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump de­liv­ered a vague jab at Canadian trade prac­tices on Mon­day.

“We lose a lot of money with Canada. Canada does not treat us right in terms of the farm­ing and the cross­ing the bor­ders,” he said at a White House event on his new in­fra­struc­ture pro­posal.

“So they’ll ei­ther treat us right or we’ll just have to do busi­ness a lit­tle bit diff… re­ally dif­fer­ently,” he said. “We can­not con­tinue to be taken ad­van­tage of by other coun­tries.”

Trump has some­times strug­gled to speak clearly about trade specifics, and it was not at all clear what he meant by “the cross­ing the bor­ders” or by “the farm­ing.”

In the on­go­ing NAFTA rene­go­ti­a­tion talks, Trump’s ne­go­tia­tors have taken aim at Canada’s pro­tec­tion­ist sup­ply man­age­ment sys­tem for dairy and poul­try. Trump him­self com­plained last year about Canada’s prac­tices with re­gard to one agri­cul­tural mat­ter, over ul­tra­fil­tered milk. Canadian of­fi­cials have played down Trump’s pre­vi­ous crit­i­cism as the usual sound and fury as­so­ci­ated

with any trade ne­go­ti­a­tion. De­spite Trump’s re­newed crit­i­cism of Canada on Mon­day, his NAFTA rhetoric has gen­er­ally been more

pos­i­tive in 2018 than it was in 2017.

He sug­gested again on Mon­day that he is will­ing to give his ne­go­tia­tors time to work rather than quickly ini­ti­at­ing a with­drawal from the agree­ment, though he then sug­gested im­me­di­ately that he is not wor­ried about the pos­si­ble harm

of a with­drawal. “Hope­fully the rene­go­ti­a­tion will be suc­cess­ful. And if it’s not, we’ll be more suc­cess­ful,” he said.

The Canadian gov­ern­ment has dis­puted Trump’s fre­quent claim that the U.S. “loses” money on trade with Canada. When ser­vices trade is counted, the U.S. has a trade sur­plus with Canada, not a deficit.

“The sum of our trade, in­clud­ing both

goods and ser­vices, is es­sen­tially balanced. In fact, in 2016, the U.S. en­joyed a trade sur­plus with Canada of close to $8 bil­lion (U.S.). In man­u­fac­tured goods, your sur­plus was nearly $36 bil­lion,” Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau said in a speech Fri­day at the Ron­ald Rea­gan Pres­i­den­tial Li­brary in Cal­i­for­nia. “Those are Amer­i­can num­bers, by the way, from the U.S. Bureau of Eco­nomic Anal­y­sis, in the De­part­ment of Com­merce.”

Trudeau also re­jected Trump’s con­cep­tion of trade as a bat­tle be­tween win­ners and losers.

“Trade is not a hockey game. The truth is that both Canada and the United States are win­ning. And so is Mex­ico. And that’s how we should keep it. When trade is work­ing as it should, all part­ners win,” he said. The sev­enth round of NAFTA talks is sched­uled to be­gin in Mex­ico City in late Fe­bru­ary.

We can­not con­tinue to be taken ad­van­tage of by other coun­tries. pres­i­dent Don­ald trump

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Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump speaks in the State Din­ing Room of the White House on Mon­day.

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