Fact check: Trump's claims about trade between the US and Canada


On June 11, 2018, U.S. President Donald J. Trump wrote a tweet that has been liked by more than 81,000 and retweeted by almost 22,000 Twitter users. Trump was criticizing the current trade agreement between Canada and the United States, and he included two claims. Help WikiTribune fact check these:

Donald J. Trump on Twitter

Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal. According to a Canada release, they make almost 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with U.S. (guess they were bragging and got caught!). Minimum is 17B. Tax Dairy from us at 270%. Then Justin acts hurt when called out!

Claim 1:  “According to a Canada release, they make almost 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with U.S. Minimum is 17B”

Claim 2:  “[Canada] Tax Dairy from us at 270%”

Fact check: Broadly accurate. The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) told WikiTribune (see full statement below) that: “The President Trump’s Twitter reference on Friday, June 8, [which contained the identical 270 percent claim] correctly ballparks the mid-range of Canadian tariffs on the major dairy product categories.”

USDEC provided several examples of key dairy product categories and their typical maximum tariff levels. They ranged from fluid milk at 241 percent to butterfat/oil at 313.5 percent (over quota tariff). The full Canadian schedule is online here.

In 2016, the United States exported $631.6M worth of dairy products to Canada, while the US imported $112.6M worth of Canadian dairy, according to Global News.

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