Grassley says all not lost in TPP withdrawal

A Midwest member of the Senate Ag Committee says all is not lost in the prospects for U.S. agriculture trade with the withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership deal. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says President Trump, in pulling out of the TPP, also said his administration would pursue trade with individual countries whenever appropriate, “Of course, that’s a very good signal because he’s telling the country ‘even though I don’t like TPP, I like trade and we need to negotiate down barriers.’”

And Grassley told ag reporters he will be adamant that agriculture be at the forefront of trade agreement reviews, “If he can get a better deal, you know, who wouldn’t be for that?  But, I hope he takes into consideration that it’s, uh, it’s kind of a gamble that other countries don’t have to agree with us.”

Grassley said TPP faced an uphill battle in the U.S. anyway. Grassley says pursing an individual trade agreement with Japan – to benefit U.S. grains and meat – is the most important of the 11 other countries in TPP.

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