Asa Hutchinson on Free Trade

Former Administrator of D.E.A.; former Republican Representative (AR-3)


$2.1B Arkansas trade with Canada & Mexico

The new agreement is known as the United States Mexico Canada Agreement, or USMCA. The pact will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA.

We can't know for sure the harm the state would suffer without an agreement but the loss in trade and jobs would be significant. The numbers show the benefit when we can freely and fairly export to our North American partners. Canada is Arkansas's largest trading partner. Our neighbor to the north imported more than $1.2 billion worth of Arkansas products in 2018. That is almost 19 percent of our total exports. Mexico, our second-largest partner, imported nearly $900 million worth of our goods last year.

We can't overemphasize the importance of the free flow of commerce between our North American neighbors. I have written our Senate leadership and asked them to ratify this trade agreement, which is so important to Arkansas.

Source: 2024 Presidential campaign press release:USTR on USMCA , Apr 5, 2019

Supports USMCA trade agreement to replace NAFTA

The USMCA is a new trade pact among the United States, Mexico and Canada, intended as a stronger and modernized replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR): "#USMCA is good news for AR & AR farmers. The agreement will enable our agricultural producers to continue trade w/ our state's export customers in Mexico & Canada. While I am still studying many of the details, this is a victory for American workers & Pres @realDonaldTrump."

Source: White House press release in 2018 Arkansas Governor's race , Oct 2, 2018

Supports high tariffs to eventually lead to low tariffs

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Trump's $12 billion support program to help farmers hurt by the trade war has softened the blow and that "there's a great deal of patience among our farmers" for the president's "tougher" trade policy. "We want very quickly to get back to low tariffs," Hutchinson said. "No tariffs should be the objective so that we can compete in the global market, and the president I hope will be able to achieve that through negotiations very soon."

Hutchinson said a new trade agreement with China would be unprecedented. "I think it's critical for President Trump that he has a good outcome," Hutchinson said. "I think trade is a key part of that to show industrial America his trade policies have benefited the working class here in the United States and those that depend on those manufacturing jobs. I think right now that grade is a little bit incomplete, but I'm optimistic it's going to turn around."

Source: RouteFifty.com blog on 2020 Arkansas Senate race , Jul 9, 2018

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2024 Republican Presidential Candidates:
Gov. Doug Burgum (R-ND)
Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ)
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL)
Larry Elder (R-CA;withdrew)
Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC)
Rep. Will Hurd (R-FL;withdrew)
Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR)
Perry Johnson (R-IL)
Mayor Steve Laffey (R-RI)
Former V.P.Mike Pence (R-IN;withdrew)
Vivek Ramaswamy (R-OH)
Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)
Secy. Corey Stapleton (R-MT)
Mayor Francis Suarez (R-FL;withdrew)
Former Pres.Donald Trump (R-NY)

2024 Democratic and 3rd-party primary candidates:
Pres. Joe Biden (D-DE)
V.P.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (I-NY)
Chase Oliver (L-GA)
Rep.Dean Phillips (D-MN)
Jill Stein (Green)
Cornel West (Green Party)
Kanye West (Birthday Party)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
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