In 2016, the previous year with complete government statistics, the United States reported it sent $12.5 billion more in goods and services to Canada than it imported, while it had a $55.6 billion trade deficit with Mexico.
"The first thing I did when that tweet came out yesterday morning, I got in touch with the federal government to tell them our industry was not expecting anything out of this. I don't see why Canada should jeopardize its negotiating positions at the NAFTA table for the tariff".
The planned moves come in response to Trump's announcement that the USA will impose a 25% tariff, or tax on imports, on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminum. The Trump administration also cited national security interests for implementing the tariffs, saying the military needs a domestic supply for its tanks and ships. More than six million are employed in businesses, like the auto sector and construction, that use steel and aluminum.
Navarro and Ross, who have advocated stronger trade policies to reduce U.S. trade imbalances, went on Sunday U.S. television news shows in hopes of containing the global fallout from Trump's announcement.
28% said they agreed with the president's assessment.
Meanwhile, the U.S. is "subsidising" Europe militarily, he said. "It will be tariffs on steel for Canada and for Mexico". "We are renegotiating NAFTA as I said I would, and if we don't make a deal I will terminate NAFTA".
Canada, the biggest steel supplier to the United States, is trying to secure an exemption from potential USA tariffs on steel and has threatened retaliation if the plan goes ahead. "Steel exports from Canada only represent six percent of the US domestic market".
Kronby also said that Canadian officials may have to impose "safeguard" measures to protect their country's steel and aluminum industries from being flooded with products originally intended for the United States but diverted to Canada.
"Our approach in that can't change, or won't change".
He is being repeatedly pressed on the Canada issue in these interviews.
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer also attempted to drive a wedge between Canada and Mexico when he suggested the United States would be willing to hold bilateral, rather than trilateral talks. Trump, however, invoked a rarely used provision of the Trade Expansion Act to argue that the steel and aluminum imports pose a national security threat.
Earlier Tuesday, Trump attempted to rebut claims that his West Wing is rattled with disorder and low morale.
"You just can't sit back and let them try and bully us".
"I don't see that changing anytime soon but I am anxious about this sort of sentiment shift, that people all around the world might suddenly say free trade is not good for the world, and that would be particularly bad for a trading company like BHP and a trading nation like Australia".
Republican allies of President Donald Trump are pleading with him to back off his threat of turning to worldwide tariffs, but Trump says he won't.