State officials praise trade deal; ‘importance of this new deal to Nebraska cannot be understated’

State officials praise trade deal; ‘importance of this new deal to Nebraska cannot be understated’
President Donald Trump talks about a revamped North American free trade deal during an announcement in the Rose Garden of the White House on Monday. The new deal, reached just before a midnight deadline imposed by the U.S., will be called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA. It replaces the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump had called a job-killing disaster. (The Associated Press)

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts:

“President Trump has delivered on his promise to finalize a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico. The importance of this new deal to Nebraska cannot be understated. These two countries are top customers for Nebraska, and are critical markets for growing trade opportunities. This new deal makes progress in the three areas Nebraska’s leaders outlined for trade negotiations with these countries over a year ago. Most importantly, it helps give Nebraska’s farmers and businesses much-needed certainty, and will help us grow these important trade relationships for years to come.”

Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb.:

“Mexico and Canada are Nebraska’s two largest trading partners. I’m grateful to President Trump for following through on his commitment to negotiate a better trade deal between our three countries. I’m optimistic this agreement will bring good opportunities to Nebraska producers and our state.”

Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb.:

“I’m very pleased to hear the administration has come to an agreement with Mexico and Canada to update NAFTA with a new US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) which builds on its successes. I have long supported a three-country agreement because it is vital to Nebraska’s agricultural producers and to our rural economy. I look forward to considering USMCA as Congress studies the details and I commend President Trump’s team for their success in reaching this point.”

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