Sen. Joni Ernst meets with Trump to lobby for continuing NAFTA

CEDAR RAPIDS ? With the U.S. trade deficit at a nine-month high due to rising oil prices and the widening of America?s long-standing deficits with China and Mexico, Sen. Joni Ernst encouraged President Donald Trump to make sure that any changes in the North American Free Trade Agreement do not hurt Iowa?s agricultural industry.

In a meeting with the president and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer Tuesday, Ernst emphasized the importance of maintaining NAFTA, as well as the duty-free access Iowa agricultural products enjoy under it.

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, NAFTA supports 138,000 Iowa jobs and $5.6 billion in exports.