Trump Scrambles to Make Good on Trade Promises in Swing States
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With two months to go until Election Day, U.S. President Donald Trump is trying to make good on a number of trade promises to protect key constituencies in swing states to bolster support for his campaign and vulnerable Senate Republicans.
Mexico on Friday begins issuingpre-approval permits on some steel exports to ensure they aren’t just rerouted from China. The step was negotiated with the U.S. to avoid tariffs that America used against the nation last year on national-security grounds and seems aimed at states that are top producers, including Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
Trump’s trade envoy this week also asked that the U.S. International Trade Commission probe whether Mexican blueberries have hurt American farmers and hold talks to address concerns about strawberries from south of the border. The steps look targeted to win over growers in Georgia, Michigan and Florida and come after years of requests for protection by Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott.
The moves follow tariffs on Canadian aluminum and come in spite of a new North American trade deal entering into force in July where a U.S. demand for seasonal agriculture tariffs was ruled out. Trump also cut the cap on allowable steel from Brazil and extended aid to Maine lobster farmers hurt by his trade war with China, a longstanding request from Senator Susan Collins. White House Trade adviser Peter Navarro last week highlighted steps to help Minnesota’s logging industry.
Watching @smerconish show today with host wondering why Minnesota moving towards @potus. Think steel tariffs & boom in Iron Range and docks of Duluth. And don’t forget Trump’s Make Logging Great Again in MN, Maine, elsewhere. Trump 2020 for working class!Iron Range mayors pitch Trump with Pence | Duluth News TribuneAs the vice president spoke at the Clure Public Marine Terminal on Friday, six Iron Range mayors voiced their approval with a well-timed endorsement letter.
duluthnewstribune.com2:37 AM · Aug 30, 2020
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