Trump also reiterated his threat to eliminate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico if it can not be changed. "He is defending his domestic dairy industry", said Jacques Lefebvre, CEO of Dairy Processors Association of Canada. That's almost double the value exported to Canada, the country's second biggest export market, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. The government did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday. Trade between Canada and NY totaled $32.93 billion in goods and supported more than 500,000 jobs.
"It is wrong to use Canada as a scapegoat for the situation in the United States".
Steel is expected to play a key role in any joint infrastructure projects between Canada and the USA, something Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to co-operate on during their White House meeting in February.
"In Canada, some very unfair things have happened with our dairy farms", Trump said during a speech at the headquarters of Wisconsin-based tool manufacturer, Snap-on. "We're going to get the solution".
The Senators have written to the Trump administration as well as to the Acting U.S. Trade Representative and Acting Ag Secretary about the milk pricing problem.
"Can we renegotiate and get a better NAFTA deal?"
"Unfortunately, it appears that while US processors were making multi-million dollar investments to meet the growing cross-border market for ultra-filtered milk, the Canadian dairy industry and government were plotting a trade war against our nation's dairy farmers", the governors wrote.
"With our growing concern that even more of our milk producers and our processors will be affected, I urge the federal government to call on Canada to reconsider these harmful regulations and continue our courteous, mutually beneficial trade relations", Cuomo said in a statement.
"So the Americans are not suffering from the current terms of NAFTA and existing trade agreements".