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Hispanic man works at a dairy farm in Fairfield Vt. U.S dairy farmers struggling with low milk prices worry that President Donald Trump's 2017 talk of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement Schumer, Gillibrand Urge President To Fix Canadian Trade Barriers
Cris De Lacerda | 21 Abril, 2017, 00:00

In a joint letter with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday urged Trump to "address Canada's protectionist dairy trade policies so that they honor their global commitments under NAFTA and other trade agreements".

Anything that happens that reduces the ability to trade products to Mexico will be troubling for dairy producers in the United States, said Scott Brown, a dairy economist with the University of Missouri.

Canada has a supply management system that controls how much milk is produced here and imposes stiff tariffs of up to 300% on dairy imports.

"If Donald Trump adds a Buy American clause in the NAFTA renegotiation, it would be necessary to allow the creation of a Quebec equivalent", said the leader of the Bloc Québécois, Martine Ouellet.

The President said he will find a solution with Canada, not just an answer.

USA dairy industry groups want Trump to urge Trudeau to halt a pricing policy that has disrupted some US dairy exports and prioritize dairy market access in NAFTA renegotiation talks.

"This situation is not just a bilateral trade problem for the United States". "We have developed a good relationship with the new administration", he said.

"There are irritants. There are always going to be irritants. We'll have to wait and see", Stephenson said. Trump has said NAFTA puts USA workers at a disadvantage.

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to tighten the rules for technology companies seeking to bring highly skilled foreign workers to the U.S.

Trump's comments were a stunning departure from remarks he made when he met with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in February.

It also harkens back to the US election campaign trail, when Trump regularly lashed out at specific industries, and even individual companies, and decried NAFTA as one of the worst deals ever made.

Trump last week promised "pleasant surprises" from planned renegotiations of NAFTA, an agreement he's called the worst deal in USA history.

"We're going to make some very big changes", he said.

He said his administration would be "reporting back sometime over the next two weeks" as to how it plans to reform the trade deal. "We can not continue like this, believe me".

"I think it's great he got involved".

"It (the US administration) either doesn't know or has forgotten what happened in 1930 when the USA became isolationist with the Smoot-Hawley Tariff which put up tariff barriers greatly". They haven't been able to get the 90-days' notice to congress. "That will dictate how quickly negotiations go", said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is anxious about Trump's protectionist talk and has sent his ministers to the talk about the importance of Canada's trade relationship with the U.S.

While Trump also used the Wisconsin speech to criticize NAFTA, Dumontier says that the amount of milk imported to Canada from the United States has increased to 149,000 tonnes from 24,000 tonnes.

MacNaughton says both he and the government will continue to speak out for Canadian interests and expects the same will be done by politicians in the U.S.