WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., met with President Donald Trump Wednesday, July 25, to discuss agriculture and tariffs following an agreement with the European Union on trade, according to a press release from Hoeven's office.
Hoeven was present during Trump's announcement that the EU plans to import more soybeans and natural gas from America. The president said both sides plan to work toward reducing tariffs and barriers to trade. The deal is said to have brokered a truce in time to prevent a trade war.
Hoeven's discussion with Trump focused on finding solutions for farmers affected by tense trade relations.
"The administration understands that our farmers and ranchers are heavily impacted by retaliatory tariffs in the short term," he said. "That is why we are working together on a temporary USDA program to provide relief while negotiations continue to achieve the overall goal of gaining greater access to markets on a fair basis for our farmers and ranchers as soon as possible."
Hoeven said Trump indicated a NAFTA agreement is still possible by fall and said trade negotiations are going well, especially with Mexico.
"We also discussed the importance of getting the new farm bill signed into law before the current farm bill expires in September, which would be the first time in more than 20 years that the farm bill was delivered on time."
Vice President Mike Pence visited Grand Forks Wednesday. Hoeven released a statement welcoming him to Grand Forks and thanking him for visiting with military members.
"Our local Air Force members provide a vital service to this nation, conducting reconnaissance and surveillance to provide solid intelligence for missions and protect us against threats around the globe," he said. "Their important work deserves to be recognized."