January 15, 2019

Trump: NAFTA Was Worst Trade Deal Ever

 |  By: Mike Opperman

President Donald Trump addressed the national convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation in New Orleans yesterday. His speech included several comments related to ongoing trade issues, including tariffs with China and the new U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA).

“We’ve taken the toughest ever actions to confront China’s unfair trade practices that hurt American farmers and ranchers,” says President Trump. “We want a fair deal for American farmers removing China’s arbitrary bans on agricultural imports, safeguarding our intellectual property and providing fair market access to all American producers.” 

President Trump also heralded the new USMCA as a welcome replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement. 

“NAFTA was one of the worst trade deals ever made,” says President Trump. “This landmark trade deal will increase exports of wheat from Montana, dairy from Wisconsin, chicken from Georgia and products from farmers and ranchers all across our country.”

As part of his comments on the USMCA, President Trump also commented on Canada and the negotiations that took place to secure greater market access as part of the USMCA. He highlighted the Peterson family, Wisconsin dairy producers who milk around 900 cows near Cashton, Wisconsin. 

“Like so many of our great farmers the Peterson’s have faced a number of threats to their farm and to their entire way of life,” says President Trump. “For years, NAFTA made it difficult for dairy farmers like the Peterson’s to export milk, ice cream, cheese and many other dairy products. Under the USMCA, the Peterson family will finally have the level playing field that they should have had for many years.”

President Trump went on to urge Congress to support American agriculture and workers by quickly passing the USMCA.