Gov. Pete Ricketts, on a trade mission to China, stated he isn’t worried about President-elect Donald Trump’s anti-trade stance.
Ricketts sees trade as crucial to keeping the Nebraska economy strong.
Though Donald Trump has harshly criticized some recent trade deals, he isn’t truly anti-trade, according to Ricketts, who said Trump has advisors who are very pro trade.
“Clearly, our President-elect takes advice from a variety of sources and doesn’t mind people who disagree with him and that’s part of what I hope that we’ll be able to do is talk to him a little about the importance of trade to Nebraska and how it’s helping us to grow our state,” Ricketts told reporters during a conference call from China.
Ricketts said Trump has criticized some trade deals as bad for the United States, but the governor insisted Trump understands the value of strong trade pacts.
In addition, Ricketts announced plans to create a working demonstration farm in China.
The farm, to be called the Nebraska (Yangling) Agricultural Sci-tech Park, is a collaboration between the state, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Yangling Agriculture Hi-tech Demonstration Zone located in China’s Shaanxi Province.
Ricketts along with agriculture and economic development officials as well as private business personnel arrived in China Monday for the international trade mission. They will be in China until the 16th.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]