Gov. Ricketts joins Nebraska delegation in White House trade talk

WASHINGTON  (Gray DC) -- The White House is listening to input from Midwest official on how trade policy is impacting agriculture.

Thursday, officials from 10 different states joined President Trump to discuss a wide range of agricultural issues.

Governor Pete Ricketts (R-NE) traveled to Washington, D.C. for the meeting. Afterward, Ricketts said, "The president is listening and has the backs of our farmers and ranchers.”

Ricketts joined three other members of the Nebraska delegation; Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE), Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Representative Don Bacon (R-NE).

Sasse, an outspoken critic of Trump's recent threats of tariffs on China, said he was pleased Trump is open to re-entering the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

Sasse said, “The president’s previous decision to pull out of TPP wasn’t the right one, and now he’s willing to reconsider it, so that’s really good news.”

Pulling out of the deal was one of Trump's first actions in office, making the call three days in.

Officials inside the meeting also said NAFTA was discussed, and say Trump is open to allowing E15 fuel to be sold year-round. That is something many Midwestern officials in Congress are pushing for.

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