"I don't think this marks trade war with Canada," Ross told CNBC referring to the tariffs to Canadian lumber. "By and large, things are calm between the United States and Canada."
The new tariff averaging 20 percent on Canadian timber imports shows how serious President Donald Trump is about enforcing trade rules, Ross stated.
Trump reiterated the pledge to get tough on trade with Canada, saying on his Twitter earlier on Tuesday: "Canada has made business for our dairy farmers in Wisconsin and other border states very difficult. We will not stand for this. Watch!"
The tweet echoed comments Trump made last week, when he called the Canadian dairy tax a "disgrace" and blamed it on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Trump has largely based his presidential campaign on the promise to improve the national economy, support working class and "Buy American, Hire American" pledge.
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