CEO says Trump Must not Turn Farmers into "Collateral Damage"

December 7, 2017 08:55 AM
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Earlier this week Syngenta CEO Erik Fyrwald told CNBC during an interview that President Donald Trump must avoid making “American farmers part of the collateral damage of his protectionist policies.”

The Syngenta CEO made the comments on Wednesday during an interview at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech International conference in Guangzhou, China, that he was attending.

"Agriculture is one of the real bright spots for trade for the United States and the American farmers are extremely productive. So I think the Trump administration understands that this is an area where they want to promote more trade," Fyrwald told CNBC, a business news television channel that is owned by NBCUniversal News Group.

The story, which was also posted to the company’s online site, said that Trump “has enacted some sweeping changes to U.S. trade policies, threatened to impose steep tariffs on imports and proposed hefty tax cuts.”

However, Fyrwald said he believes Trump understands the need for the U.S. to have strong international trade relationships in place.

"And keep in mind that it is a very important element of exports for the United States and you want to expand it and not contract it. It's good for the globe to expand trade, and agricultural trade is one of those critical pieces," Fyrwald said.

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