Montana’s U.S. Senators weigh in on NAFTA talks

BILLINGS – Montana’s two senators are making their opinions known on President Trump’s continuing efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat, said he worries that the uncertainty of some of Trump’s statement, including calls for tariffs on steel and aluminum, make ag producers in Montana nervous about retaliation.

“The uncertainty created by this Administration on trade is very concerning to our state’s number one industry. Montana’s farmers and ranchers need predictability to make ends meet. Montana needs fair trade agreements that do right by American workers and open up opportunities for Montana ag products,” Tester said in a statement.

Republican Sen. Steve Daines said he supports Trump’s efforts to get a better deal from Canada and Mexico.

“I support the President’s effort to improve and modernize NAFTA. Montana farmers, ranchers and workers are big winners in trade with Canada and Mexico. I will continue to emphasize the importance of trade to President Trump and have confidence that he can get the job done and make an even stronger deal that benefits Montanans,” Daines said in a statement.

Negotiators with the United States, Mexico and Canada are currently meeting in Mexico City to renegotiate the 24-year-old trade deal. Trump has made waves by calling for tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum as a means to punish China. In fact, Canada and other U.S. allies are larger suppliers of aluminum and steel to the U.S.