For Immediate Release
Contact: Joshua Baca
Americans For Farmers & Families Urge Trump Administration To Not Jeopardize NAFTA Negotiations With Retaliatory Tariffs
(Washington, D.C.) – Americans for Farmers & Families today released the following statement from Wisconsin Farmer Larry Alsum of Alsum Farms & Produce, Friesland, WI regarding President Donald Trump’s $60 billion in new tariffs against Chinese products imported to the United States:
“Today’s announcement from President Donald Trump to place new import tariffs on $60 billion worth of goods made in China is a direct threat to America’s agricultural community. Recent history proves that China can be expected to retaliate by targeting the American agriculture industry and it will be felt instantaneously throughout rural America.
“As a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement deal has yet to be reached, concerns of retaliatory tariffs further threathen the U.S.’ ability to negotiate the best deal for its food and agricultural industries. NAFTA has boosted the U.S. economy by $127 billion annually, and trade between the U.S., Mexico and Canada has nearly quadrupled reaching $1.3 trillion in 2014 alone. Retaliatory tariffs should not diminish these economic benefits.
“Forty-three million U.S. jobs are supported by the food and agricultural industries, which depend on NAFTA and we believe it is critical the Trump Administration continue its work to improve the agreement and not jeopardize progress.”