US President Donald Trump told Canada and the European Union on Friday to do more to bring down their trade surpluses, a day after hitting the two US allies and Mexico with import tariffs on their steel and aluminum.
Trump castigated Canada in a tweet on Friday morning, saying it had treated US farmers “very poorly for a very long period of time”.
“Highly restrictive on Trade! They must open their markets and take down their trade barriers! They report a really high surplus on trade with us,” he wrote.
He also told French President Emmanuel Macron of the need to “rebalance trade with Europe,” the White House said.
His strong words followed swift responses to his tariffs by Canada, Mexico and the European Union, which all plan to retaliate with levies on billions of dollars of US goods from orange juice and whiskey to blue jeans and Harley-Davidsons.