So now his administration wants to pursue separate negotiations with the two US neighbors to try to overhaul the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump has condemned as a job-killing disaster.
British Prime Minister Theresa May told President Donald Trump on Monday that United States tariffs imposed on European Union steel and aluminium imports were "unjustified and deeply disappointing" during a phone call.
Mnuchin told the president that, because the US has a $2 billion steel surplus and more than a $25 billion service surplus with Canada, he should consider exempting the nation from the tariffs, ABC News reported. The retaliatory measures also include 20% on pork products, 20% and 25% duties on cheeses, and a 25% duty on bourbon.
Along with his brother, he has made an indelible mark on the promotion of conservative causes, so much so that former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blasted Republicans as having a "Koch addiction". If China does ramp up purchases of energy and agricultural goods, they say, it would simply displace those purchases from other nations, making little lasting impact on the overall trade deficit or the American economy.
The reaction to Trump's tariffs internationally, and within the Republican Party, has been one of nearly universal condemnation. That makes it by far the biggest market for the state's apples.
"Somehow it's sending a clear message that this sort of thing benefits no one, and affects all of us", he said.
"It certainly casts a negative pall over the market", said CME livestock futures trader Dan Norcini.
The president of the U.S. National Pork Producers Council said Mexico accounted for almost 25 percent of all pork shipments past year, adding that "a 20 percent tariff eliminates our ability to compete effectively in Mexico". "This is devastating to my family and pork producing families across the United States", he said in a statement.
U.S. Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, called the new tariffs a "gut punch" to farmers in his state, who he said exported more than $68 million in pork to Mexico past year.
For example, since 2001, free trade with China has cost millions of Americans their jobs.
The economy ministry said it will "initiate a dispute settlement process under the umbrella" of the WTO, and that its actions will "continue to follow the state of global commercial law and will be proportional to the damage that Mexico regrettably received".
Finance Minister Bill Morneau, who hosted his own G7 counterparts last week in Whistler, B.C., said afterwards that he expects the leaders to keep pressure on the U.S.to reconsider the tariffs.
The coalition also wants Canada to inject $500 million in new money towards the initiative.
U.S. President Donald Trump talks to the media after meeting with North Korea's envoy Kim Yong Chol at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 1, 2018.
To justify the tariffs, Trump cited Section 232, a rarely invoked law that allows tariffs to be placed on a country for national security reasons.
Mexico said yesterday that it will challenge the metal tariffs at the World Trade Organization, following the leads of Canada and the European Union.
The dispute with Mexico over tariffs makes it more hard to conclude talks on renegotiating NAFTA between the three countries, discussions that began previous year because Trump said the deal needed to be reworked to better serve the United States.
Officials from Canada, the USA and other G7 members, including the European Union, were working behind the scenes to craft consensus on at least some of Trudeau's agenda.
"We will be disappointed if G7 leaders can not resolve a deadlock, which will once again hit the poorest and most vulnerable the hardest. We will work aggressively to educate policymakers and others about the facts", said James Davis, executive vice president of Freedom Partners. "To really accomplish our goals of improving society, there are other things that we need to do".