American farmers who supported President Trump during the 2016 campaign are now worried he will follow through with his promises regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Many have taken to the president's preferred platform to express their thoughts, starting the hashtag #Farmers4NAFTA on Twitter.
Canada received $20.3 billion worth of American agricultural products in 2016, making it the top destination for such goods, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Mexico received $17.7 billion, coming in third place behind China.
An exit from the agreement would be detrimental to the U.S. agricultural industry, and several members of Congress have taken their concerns to the president.
Senator Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican, published an Op-Ed in The Hill on Wednesday highlighting the benefits of the agreement. Republican Senators Deb Fischer of Nebraska and Joni Ernst of Iowa also made a case for the agreement on Tuesday over lunch with the president and the U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, according to the Omaha World-Herald.
Along with farmers and elected officials, numerous groups have urged Trump to reconsider terminating NAFTA:
Many agricultural groups have been urging the administration to renegotiate—not exit—the trade agreement, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and the U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade, which represents a group of over 130 food and agriculture trade associations and companies.
According to Bloomberg News, the White House did not provide immediate comment.