Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon defends President Trump’s trade policy during a stop in Nebraska.
McMahon insists Trump favors free trade but is pressing other countries which he perceives are not trading fairly with the United States.
“What we’re seeing though is it’s a long-term approach,” McMahon tells reporters. “There’s a little pain along the way for that, but hopefully we’ll keep that long view, because we do need to balance that trade so it’s fair and good for all our businesses and our economy.”
McMahon understands Nebraska agriculture worries about trade wars. She says the president has stated trade policy won’t be done on the backs of farmers.
“I think we need to wait and see, short term I think there is some angst and I think it’s going to be very short term before that levels out,” according to McMahon.
McMahon says agricultural interests raised similar concerns when she toured Ohio with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.
McMahon says the president is in the process of negotiating trade deals with various countries.
McMahon has been in Nebraska to visit various small businesses as well as speak to Gov. Pete Ricketts’ Economic Development Summit.