Vice President Mike Pence talks trade one-on-one

WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Global trade disputes are dealing farmers a financial hit many can’t afford to take. Washington Bureau Chief Jacqueline Policastro brought the concerns of our community directly to Vice President Mike Pence inside the White House.

Here are the highlights from that discussion:

JACQUELINE POLICASTRO:
Mr. Vice President, you said the Trump administration will "always stand with American farmers" but right now farmers are getting hurt by tariffs. How much pain should they have to bear as America goes through this trade battle?

VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE:
Farmers have been hurting for the last 15 years and we believe that’s a result of bad trade deals in large part. So, we are encouraged by the progress that we’re making on NAFTA. We really believe there is an opportunity to reach an agreement with Mexico and Canada before the fall is out. But we are also encouraged that the European Union will be in next week. We’ll be sitting down to talk about ways to lower barriers to American agricultural goods.

JACQUELINE POLICASTRO:
Economists say the soybean industry is suffering because of these Chinese tariffs. When is it time to provide the assistance that the White House has been talking about over the past few months?

VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE:
The reality is that the United States has a roughly 800-billion dollar trade deficit around the world. And half of that is with China. We are going to demand that China begin to open their markets and, and give American companies the opportunity to sell.

JACQUELINE POLICASTRO:
The manufacturing community is also hurting. Companies like Harley Davidson feel that they need to move some production overseas. What are you doing to help prevent job losses associated with these tariffs?

VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE:
We really do believe that as much growth as we have in this economy today that having free and fair and reciprocal trade deals will mean even more jobs and more opportunities in the days ahead.

JACQUELINE POLICASTRO:
So many farmers across the country supported you and many of the republicans that are currently up for re-election. Why should they continue to support you and the candidates that you back?

VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE:
I think this administration has been busy keeping the promises that we made. Promises to rebuild out military. Promises to cut taxes and roll back regulation. Promises to fight for trade deals that are free and fair and will support American jobs.

JACQUELINE POLICASTRO:
Mr. Vice President, thank you so much for your time. We appreciate it.

VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE:
Thank you.



 
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