Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue wasted no time this week getting settled into his new position. In fact he was one of the key cabinet members who reined in President Trump on terminating NAFTA this week.
According to the Washington Post, as news reached Canada and Mexico on the signing set for Trump’s 100-day mark, Perdue and other key cabinet members urged Trump not to sign NAFTA. Perdue even mapped out the reasons why President Trump should not terminate NAFTA — pointing out the agricultural areas that would be most affected by withdrawing from NAFTA — the same rural America communities that voted for him.
“It shows that I do have a very big farmer base, which is good,” Trump said during an Oval Office interview Thursday night. “They like Trump, but I like them, and I’m going to help them.”
On Thursday, Secretary Sonny Perdue hosted a bipartisan breakfast with agriculture leaders from the U.S. House of Representatives today at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Leaders included Representatives Michael Conaway, (Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, TX-11), Collin Peterson (Ranking Member, MN-07), Robert Aderholt (Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, AL-04), and Sanford Bishop (Ranking Member, GA-02).
“It was an honor to host members from both parties this morning, and I am pleased to know that reaching across the aisle is common practice for these leaders,” said Secretary Perdue. “A proud tradition of bipartisanship is the only way to get things done, and I am confident we will accomplish great things for American agriculture.”