Ernst Joins President Trump at White House for Signing of Phase One China Deal

The Iowa Republican says this trade agreement is especially promising for Iowa ag and manufacturing sectors and will help provide certainty to Iowans

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) joined President Donald Trump today for the signing of the phase one trade agreement between the United States and China. Ernst issued the following statement:

“There’s no doubt that this is an exciting start to the new year for the great state of Iowa—from the phase one China trade agreement being finalized to the USMCA moving through the Senate, I’m proud to work with President Trump to deliver real results for Iowa’s farmers and manufacturers,” said Senator Ernst, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy. “I was honored to join the President, Senator Chuck Grassley, and Governor Kim Reynolds at the White House for today’s signing ceremony. As Iowa’s 4th largest trading partner, China is a critically important market for Iowans, and this phase one deal – which is especially promising for our ag and manufacturing sectors – will help provide certainty for folks back home and starts to address other long-time issues with China: forced technology transfers and non-tariff trade barriers. As always, it’s imperative we keep the pressure on China to uphold their end of the bargain to ensure Iowa’s farmers and businesses see the full impact of this trade agreement.”

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