1. Side, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross at briefing room podium
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Wilbur Ross, US Commerce Secretary:
"There is roughly 15 billion dollars worth of hardwood, err, softwood lumber used in houses in this country and about 31.5 percent of that comes from the Canadians, so that is roughly five billion dollars a year. 20 percent tariff on that is essentially a billion dollars a year and the retrospective 90 day feature adds another 250 million to that on a one time basis. Softwood lumber, as they say, is the fundamental use in single family houses. We do not think that the price of lumber will go up by anything like the 20 percent, but there maybe some small increase in the price of lumber for the house."
3. Side, Ross speaking
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Wilbur Ross, US Commerce Secretary:
"They are a close ally, they are an important ally. They generally are a good neighbor. That doesn't mean they don't have to play by the rules."
(Reporter off camera: "What do you mean by generally a good neighbor?")
"Well, things like this I don't regard as being a good neighbor, dumping lumber and there is a feeling in the dairy industry that they are a little bit abrupt in the action they took the week before."
5. Cutaway reporters
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Wilbur Ross, US Commerce Secretary:
(Reporter off camera: "Is there a risk this could provoke retaliation on the part of the Canadians we could see a trade war between the United States and Canada?") "Well, I know that that would be a stimulatory thing for all your readership, but we don't think that is going to happen."
(Reporter off camera: "I mean, this is isolated - this is dairy and softwood and ...") "We think so and we certainly hope so and we look forward to constructive discussions with the Canadians as we get into NAFTA."
7. Side, Sean Spicer at podium
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary:
"I will correct you on that. The committee sent a form letter to several agencies, including the White House asking to find those documents. The documents in question, the Department of Defense possessed and sent over to them. The documents that occurred before he worked here, would be up to him to turn over. So, my understanding is that the committee has the documents that they were looking for ..."
9. Wide, briefing room
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary:
"I understand that. And right now, to ask the White House to produce documents that were not in the possession of the White House is ridiculous."
US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Tuesday that "there maybe some small increase in the price of lumber" after the Trump administration moved on Monday to impose a 20 percent tariff on softwood lumber entering the United States from Canada.
The move escalated an intensifying trade dispute between the two countries.
The president announced the decision during a gathering with conservative media outlets at the White House on Monday evening.
During the White House news briefing on Tuesday, Ross said he did not think "a trade war," would follow the Trump administration's actions.
The Canadian government, meanwhile, rejected the assessment, calling the duty "unfair and punitive."
Meanwhile, the White House is refusing to provide lawmakers with information and documents clearance and payments from organizations tied to the Russian and Turkish governments.
The White House was responding to requests made last month by the House Oversight committee.
The committee made six requests, and the White House cited reasons it could not comply with each of them.
Trump has said he fired Michael Flynn because of misleading comments he made to the vice president about his discussions with the Russian ambassador during the transition.
Flynn is among the Trump associates being investigated by Congress and the FBI for possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.