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Gov. Walker, NY Gov. Cuomo ask President Trump for help on milk

Gov. Walker, NY Gov. Cuomo ask President Trump for help on milk

Canada's envoy to Washington has shot back at criticism by President Donald Trump and USA milk producers, saying the facts don't support a charge that the Canadian dairy industry is to blame for the woes of some American farmers.

Trump was echoing - and amplifying - the complaints of Wisconsin and NY governors, who say Canada's decision to create a new lower-priced, classification of milk product has frozen USA producers out of the Canadian market.

A Central Wisconsin cheese maker has welcomed eight dairies who were let go by Grassland Dairy, according to the Farm Journal.

Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent Trump a letter on Tuesday urging him to take action. "We're going to have to get to the negotiating table with Canada very, very quickly".

About 15 percent of dairy production in the United States is exported with one-third valued at $1.2 billion going to Mexico in the form of milk powder, cheese and whey protein, according to the National Milk Producers Federation, which says trade with Mexico is its top priority.

"Mexico is our biggest destination for dairy and it's not only dairy", said Fairfield farmer Harold Howrigan Jr., of the US trade partnership with Mexico.

The current system limits the amount of dairy and poultry Canada can import before a tariff kicks in. "Our government looks forward to sitting down with the United States. It's a disgrace", Trump said.

Trump, however, blamed Canada for "some very unfair things have happened to our dairy farmers and others and we're going to start working on that".

Adjusted for population, this means that Canadians are 20 times as likely to flee their home country as are Americans, so it seems that Canadians are using Trudeau's wide-open door policy to escape to the land of the courageous and the free.

Trump says, "I'm very much into that and I agree with her 100 percent".

"When it comes to wasteful destructive job killing regulations, we are going to use a tool you know very well - it's called the sledgehammer", he said. "It's been very, very bad for our companies and our workers, and we're going to make some very big changes or we are going to get rid of NAFTA for once and for all".

NY exported more to Canada in 2016 than any country in the world. Trade between Canada and NY totaled $32.93 billion in goods and supported more than 500,000 jobs.

"We're going to get together and we're going to call Canada, and we're going to say, 'What happened?' And they might give us an answer, but we're going to get the solution and not just the answer, because we know what the solution is".

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

"The fact is that's always one of the easy, quick things people jump to", Trudeau said in an interview with Bloomberg News in Toronto, when asked about the prospect of privatizing the nation's airports.


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