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Trump suggestion provides hope for NAFTA

An Iowa Senator travels across the state for his 99-county tour. Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA last week visited constituents in Harrison and Sac Counties. Grassley says: “It seems like Iowans are eager to have more money in their pockets, as a result of tax reform. They’re also interested in the progress of the farm bill and thankful for the president’s commitment on ethanol.”

Senator Grassley says his constituents also keep a close eye on trade policy, as well as potential impacts it will have on agriculture. Grassley, however, provides Iowans with a little reassurance.

President Trump recently suggested extending the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiation deadline. President Trump says “a lot of things are hard to negotiate” as Mexican officials prepare for the upcoming presidential election. Senator Grassley says President Trump’s comments to the Wall Street Journal should provide some comfort.

“If he said that, it ought to give some comfort, as he’s being fairly reasonable on a timetable,” Grassley said.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland describes Trump’s suggestion as “sensible.” She goes on to add “I think all of us are mindful of the Mexican election.”

Senator Grassley also reminds those concerned about NAFTA’s future of remarks made by President Trump last week at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) convention.

“Many times it’s been stated how catastrophic it would be if we were to pull out of NAFTA. There is some feeling of comfort with statements the president made, and maybe as much didn’t make, at the Farm Bureau convention in Nashville last week,” Grassley said.