Montana Senators offer praise for new Trump trade deal

Posted at 3:26 PM, Oct 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-02 17:26:51-04

BILLINGS- Montana’s two U.S. senators both said they liked what they see so far of a new North American trade agreement.

Republican Steve Daines was far more effusive in his praise for the deal announced Monday by President Donald Trump, also a Republican.

“I’ve been actively engaged and working with the administration to finalize trade negotiations with our allies, and this is a positive step forward. I thank President Trump for securing this improved trade deal with Mexico and Canada, as they are both important markets for Montana,” Daines said in a statement. “This improved NAFTA agreement will help provide certainty for Montana farmers, ranchers and businesses. I will be closely reviewing the agreement and listening to Montanans to receive their feedback.”

The U.S-Mexico-Canada Agreement, dubbed the USMCA, was finalized Sunday night. It replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, which Trump had promised to end during his 2016 campaign.

Sen. Jon Tester, a Montana Democrat, said he’s happy at the news but will wait and see on the results.

“I am encouraged by the steps the President is taking to address the uncertainty with our trading partners. I will be reviewing this trade deal in detail to make sure it strengthens Montana agriculture and gives our workers a fair shake,” Teste said in a statement.

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