It’s no secret that President Trump has a very different take when it comes to trade treaties and negotiations. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue spent about an hour answering candid questions for farm broadcasters in Kansas City last week and Perdue had this to say when it comes to creating new trade deals, and improving on existing ones:
“He believes he can negotiate better one-on-one, than in a group such at TPP or T-TIP, in that area. But, I also think these country’s, frankly are looking at our progress on NAFTA, and seeing how the Canadian and Mexican agreement works, in order to engage with us.
“I’m pretty frustrated about the EU. I was pretty candid with them when I was there a few weeks ago, guarding their protectionism. They hide behind a lot of things, food safety, engineering, GMO’s that kind of thing, but it’s nothing more than a clouded protectionism by the EU. And it’s pretty frustrating when their ministers will come and speak the right language and want to do deals, individually, and then they’ll run back under the umbrella of EU. It’s very frustrating. And we talked very candidly about that.
“We’ve negotiated very, very hard with China. I frankly don’t think China has done many of the things they committed do. We were successful getting beef back in this summer, but that had been a long time coming, as well. We’ve got poultry out there, they’ve done their audits, and all that, and I think we’ve got to become, like President Trump says, I think that’s what he’s saying, pretty direct. We’ve kind of been the global patsy when it comes to trade over some things and enforcements.
“So, I don’t think it will be a detriment on the rhetoric, and I think ultimately, when we get NAFTA done, I think you’ll see some other countries come in.
“The president is in China, really this Indo-Pacific area, there are a lot of hungry mouths over there aside from China, in Indonesia, in Vietnam, and Malaysia, those are the kind of countries where we’re making a big push in the Indo-Pacific region.”
We’ll be hearing further comments from Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue this week on a variety of topics, including immigration.