The Hill – Republican senators from farm states are stepping up pressure on President Trump ahead of a key round of trade negotiations scheduled later this month. The senators, who are growing increasingly worried that a break with trading partners could reverberate in the 2018 midterm elections, met with Trump and Vice President Pence to remind them to be careful of the impact of trade talks on agriculture exports.
In states such as Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio and Pennsylvania agricultural exports are a big deal. In fact, 73% of agricultural exports from North Dakota depended on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 2016, according to the Farm Bureau.
Trump has vowed to renegotiate the 23-year-old deal, which has been seen as generally favorable for agriculture exports, although critics say it has cost domestic manufacturing jobs.
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