Rep. Armstrong talks up proposed trade agreement during town hall circuit

MINOT, N.D. – Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-ND, is hosting a series of town halls across North Dakota this week.

He says one of his top priorities when he gets back to Washington is to push through the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada free trade agreement.

Armstrong held a town hall Wednesday morning at the Minot Auditorium.

Your News Leader asked him about the United States’ current trade relations with the world, including President Donald Trump's comments this week that cast doubt on the hopes of a trade deal with China.

Armstrong said it's vital for Washington to approve the agreement with Canada and Mexico.

“That helps all of our sectors in North Dakota, and not the least of which is the ag community. It also helps us with negotiating positions with China, Europe, and other countries,” he said.

Armstrong also said they communicate with the President each week on how the China trade war impacts North Dakota’s soybean farmers.

Armstrong is also hosting town halls in Devils Lake, Beulah, and Mapleton during his trek across the state. He’ll also hold a phone town hall Tues., Sept. 3.

The USMCA is essentially a replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Mexico’s government approved the agreement last month.