Mexico buys more steel and aluminum from the United States than it sells.
The trade spat comes amid ongoing NAFTA negotiations between Canada, Mexico and the United States.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (seen here with President Trump in October) on Thursday called the argument that USA steel import tariffs were necessary for national security reasons an "affront" to Canada.
Mr. Trump also defended his decision to hit Canada, Mexico and the European Union with hefty steel and aluminum tariffs, a move that some observers say has made the efforts to rescue NAFTA that much more of an uphill climb. Barring an 11th-hour reprieve, those exemptions will expire as scheduled. It sells the USA more steel and aluminum than anyone else, in part because of deeply integrated auto and defense sectors.
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"There was the broad lines of a decent win-win-win deal on the table that I thought required that final deal-making moment", he said.
It was a crescendo to weeks of accelerated talks that likely kills hopes of wrapping up a deal this year.
Ross also said there was "no longer a very precise date when they will be concluded".
"That is not the basis on which mature adults negotiate", Beatty said. "They're not mutually exclusive behaviours".
The Canadians were pushing a deal that would include the latest agreement on autos, expected to include a clause that a certain share of a vehicle must be built at high wages, they said.
Trudeau said Trump seemed agreeable before Pence called him on Tuesday. "These are two different countries". "Do Timber & Lumber in USA?"
Ross played down the divisions.
"There are periodic disagreements between any two countries on any given set of topics".
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"It all depends on how the various parties react to the circumstances".
He affirmed that President Trump would attend the G7 next week in Canada.
"The United States has been taken advantage of for many decades on trade. This is protectionism, pure and simple".
Buoying Trudeau's tone change is near-unanimity in Canada about the tariffs.
The remarks came as U.S. President Donald Trump lobbed another Twitter salvo at Canada early Friday.
Trudeau has spoken with the premiers on Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec, which all rely on steel and aluminum.
"We will always protect Canadian workers and Canadian interests".
A NAFTA withdrawal would kill as many as 1.8 million American jobs in the first year, the memo warned.
That announcement came about a month after the Canada Border Services Agency was granted extra powers to identify businesses that try to dodge import duties and ship cheap foreign steel and aluminum through the Canadian market.
Ross said the US would consider the effect of those measures. It was unclear what he was referring to; the U.S.is already applying tariffs to Canadian softwood lumber.
"That Canada could be considered a national-security threat to the United States is inconceivable", said Trudeau, adding that the people of the USA are not Canada's target, and that the federal government would have far preferred that its hand wasn't forced.
"The notion that we're a national security threat is just - I mean, pick your invective", said Joseph Galimberti, president of the Canadian Steel Producers Association.