Less than a week after holding the nation’s highest office, President Donald Trump has signed several executive orders, including one to take the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
On AgriTalk Tuesday, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Ia.) stressed the importance TPP would have had for American agriculture. President Trump is in talks with Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to renegotiate NAFTA.
Grassley says if President Trump can improve trade deals, like TPP or NAFTA, he will support him.
“Any president who thinks he can negotiate a better deal than the previous president, I would be in favor of that,” said Grassley.
Grassley also discussed Secretary of Agriculture nominee, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue. Before Perdue was named, Grassley tweeted the next ag secretary should come from “above the Mason-Dixon Line.” He told AgriTalk host Mike Adams he had reservations about Perdue because he has experience with ag secretaries from California and the south “where there’s a whole different approach to agriculture.”
However, Grassley said he would give Perdue “some leeway,” saying he will “reserve judgment out of fairness to Perdue” until the two become acquainted.
Hear Grassley’s complete thoughts and concerns about Perdue, the steps Trump is taking to repeal WOTUS, and TPP on AgriTalk above.