Friday, January 17, 2020

Proclamation on Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, 2020

Office of the Press Secretary


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     On August 28, 1963, nearly a quarter of a million people gathered in the August heat on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to hear the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., speak.  People traveled to our Nation's Capital from places as far away as Atlanta and Los Angeles to witness one of the defining moments in American history.  On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. King articulated the founding dream of America, the vision of our Founders for all Americans to live as "an heir of the legacy of dignity and worth."  Today, we pause to honor the incredible life and accomplishments of Dr. King, who helped shape the Civil Rights Movement, gave hope to millions experiencing discrimination, and whose enduring memory inspires us to pursue a more just and equal society.

     Dr. King dedicated his life's work to fighting for the right of every American to achieve the American Dream.  Born the son of a Baptist minister on Auburn Street in Atlanta, Dr. King became an American icon and hero to millions of freedom-loving peoples everywhere, propelled by his powerful and inspiring message of peaceful protest and nonviolent resistance.  From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before thousands to the quiet solitude of a jail cell in Birmingham, Dr. King evinced an unshakable commitment to create a better future, never relenting in his quest for justice.

     Since its inception, our Nation has served as a beacon of hope and opportunity around the world.  America's promise of freedom and justice has guided our people through adversity to prosperity.  Dr. King's life and legacy stands as a testament to that promise, one rooted in the inalienable rights of mankind and a commitment to freedom from persecution.  Throughout his battle against segregation and discrimination, Dr. King praised his fellow demonstrators for returning "back to the deep wells of democracy" that trace their roots to our founding.  We honor Dr. King's legacy and our Nation's heritage when we act to protect and expand freedom and opportunity.

     As President, I remain committed to safeguarding the promise of our Nation and the values we share, the values that Dr. King so ardently worked to achieve.  My Administration works each day to ensure that all Americans have every opportunity to realize a better life for themselves and their families regardless of race, class, gender, or any other barriers that have arbitrarily stood in their way.  We have seen historic economic growth, with more than 7 million new jobs since my election and record highs in African-American, Hispanic‑American, and Asian-American employment.  Through a focused effort of deregulation and growth-oriented policies, we have unleashed the potential of the American economy and bolstered the strength of the greatest workforce in the world, the American workforce.  We recognize that economic opportunity is the greatest engine for empowering individuals and families to overcome adversity, and we will continue to fight for opportunity for all Americans.

     On this day, we are reminded of what Dr. King described as "our noble capacity for justice and love and brotherhood."  As we pay tribute to Dr. King, I urge all Americans to heed his call to action so that we may build the "Beloved Community" that he envisioned, living up to the sacred promise for a better future woven into the fabric of our American identity.

     NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 20, 2020, as the Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday.  On this day, I encourage all Americans to recommit themselves to Dr. King's dream by engaging in acts of service to others, to their community, and to our Nation.

     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.

                              DONALD J. TRUMP


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President Donald J. Trump Approves Vermont Disaster Declaration

Office of the Press Secretary

President Donald J. Trump Approves Vermont Disaster Declaration


Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Vermont and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by a severe storm and flooding from October 31 to November 1, 2019.

Federal funding is available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storm and flooding in the counties of Addison, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, and Washington Counties.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Pete Gaynor, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named James R. McPherson as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the State and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.



Office of the Press Secretary


East Room

11:05 A.M. EST

     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, this is an exciting day in the White House.  We have very exciting days -- more than most Presidents, I would say, times 10.  (Laughter.)  We like to keep it that way.  The coach likes to keep it that way.  But we really do.  We just had a -- I was just telling the coach; I said, “I know I just made some additional money.  We just had another all-time high for our stock market.  Just hit.”  So that will be 149 times in less than three years.  That’s not bad.  Coach, that’s good, right?  (Applause.)

     COACH ORGERON:  It is.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Steve, that’s good.  We’ll take that, Coach.  Right?

     COACH ORGERON:  Yes, sir. 

     THE PRESIDENT:  But today, it’s about the coach and the team and that unbelievable quarterback, unbelievable players.

     It’s really my great privilege to welcome to the White House the College Football National Champions: the Louisiana State University Tigers.  (Applause.)

     And, Coach, we have a lot of politicians out there.  So many I won’t really mention all of them.  Well, there’s one I have to.  Hello, Bill -- your senator.  But we have a lot of great politicians out here and some football players.  The politicians -- I have -- I really respect the football players a lot more -- (laughter) -- to be honest.     

     We’re joined by many loyal fans of the purple and gold, including Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, who just did our great deal.  Where’s Robert?  Just did our great two deals.  We just made the two largest trade deals in history: one with China and the other one with Mexico, Canada.  (Applause.)  And with China, we’ll be taking in $250 billion a year.  And with Mexico, Canada, we’ll be taking in hundreds of billions of dollars a year, Bill.  So that’s pretty good, right?  And it makes our country stronger and better.

     And you did a fantastic job.  You could almost stand up here.  Mentally, you could; physically, I don’t think you have what it takes, if I must be honest.  (Laughter.)

     And again, Senator Bill Cassidy.  Bill, you’ve been a tremendous supporter of the team and your state.  And we appreciate your being here very much.  Thank you very much.

     Steve Scalise, a special man.  Got a lot of courage.  You know, I went to the hospital.  (Applause.)  Coach, I went to the hospital.  He had a problem -- you know that problem.  And I went to the hospital and the doctor was saying, “It doesn’t look good, sir.  It doesn’t look good.”  And he looks better now than before the accident.  (Laughter.)  It’s a hell of a way to happen, but Steve Scalise got a lot of guts, I’ll tell you that.

     COACH ORGERON:  Fights like a Tiger!

     THE PRESIDENT:  He’s a tiger.  He fights -- he “fights like a Tiger” is right.  (Applause.)

     And Mike Johnson.  Mike, you’re around here someplace.  Mike?  Good, Mike.  Thank you very much for being here.  And Garret Graves.  Thank you very much, Garret.  Thank you for being here.

     Also here with us are Louisiana’s Attorney General -- terrific guy -- Jeff Landry, and Secretary of State Ardoin.  You know that, huh?  (Laughter.)  Where is -- where’s -- where are you?  Yes.  Thank you very much.  Thank you, folks.

     To all of the incredible coaches and players and -- this team, your head coach.  I watched him on television.  I said, “Man, that guy is all -- he’s all man.  He’s a big, strong-looking guy.”  (Laughter.)  I didn’t know if he had laryngitis or was that his real voice?  (Laughter.)  It’s true.  I think it was a combination of both.  It was tough to start with, and then he had a little laryngitis.  But, man, whatever the hell it was, Ed Orgeron -- and, Ed, it worked.  It really worked.  You did a job that few people will ever be able to do again.  The team is said to be one of the greatest teams -- maybe the greatest team in the history of college football.  Right?  (Applause.)  And that’s pretty amazing.

     As well as interim President of LSU, Thomas Galligan.  Where's Thomas?  Thomas?

     MR. GALLIGAN:  Right behind you.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Behind me?  You’ve done a good job.  Interim.  I think we got to make him permanent.  Forget about it.  (Laughter.)  That’s a hell of a job you’ve done, Tom.

     MR. GALLIGAN:  Thank you.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Pretty good job.           

     Your football program has inspired countless fans across the country, and it’s not just for what you have done on the football field -- which is true.

     In the face of a heartbreaking tragedy, you rallied together behind Offensive Coordinator Steve Ensminger.  Where is Steve?  Steve?  Come up, Steve.  (Applause.)

     MR. ENSMINGER:  (Inaudible.)  (Off-mic.)

     THE PRESIDENT:  This guy.  This guy.  Come up here.  Come up.  Okay.

     I mean what -- your whole story -- the whole -- tragedy, and yet, so incredible the way you handled it.  And the coach said you never wavered.  The coach was just talking to me about it.  You never wavered.  So I want to thank you very much for being here.  Thank you for everything you've done.  Very inspirational, Steve.  (Applause.)

     This team showed the world what it means to look out for one another.  And Steve is a real case study in that.  But I want to thank you.

     Three years ago, when LSU needed a head coach, they considered choosing someone younger.  You're a pretty young guy, right?  Younger?  That's discrimination.  You could sue them for that.  (Laughter.)  See, nowadays, you sue if you hear that.  They want younger?  Let's sue them.  (Laughter.)  They made the right choice -- that, I can tell you.  And some might say a little bit less gruff.  Does that make sense?  And yet, to me, if I was casting a movie -- I told him today, that's my football coach.  (Laughter.)  There's nobody in Hollywood that can play the role better than this guy.  Right, Coach?

     Instead, they put their faith in a hometown boy from Lafourche Parish.  (Laughter.)  Ed Orgeron did not let Louisiana down in any way.  And today -- Coach “O”, as they call him -- you may well be the most beloved coach anywhere in the land.  And we have some great coaches.  (Applause.)  We have some great coaches.  And you played against a great coach, who was here last year.  He's a great coach.  But we have great coaches.  But the job you've done is incredible.

     On the road to the title, this team overcame a brutal schedule.  And I had no idea how brutal until I looked at these numbers: You defeated seven teams in the top 10, four in the top 5, and beat the national champions of the past four years.  So what did you do?  You get the schedule and you look at it.  What did you do when you first saw the schedule, Coach?  You weren't happy.

     COACH ORGERON:  "Hopefully we have a great quarterback."  (Laughter.)

     THE PRESIDENT:  Now, think of that for a schedule.  You know, you get your schedule and you say, "Wait a minute.  Every team is like a great team we have to play."  You didn't have too many easy weeks.

     But your explosive offense pushed every opponent from the breaking point and to the breaking point.  And for the first time since the legendary Coach Paul Dietzel -- a name we all know -- and the Fighting Tigers of 1958, LSU had a perfect, undefeated season.  So rare.  (Applause.)  It's really rare.  And it's amazing how seldom you see that, Coach, right?  It's really -- it's a hard thing to do.

     But your opponents did not make it easy for you.  In late October, number nine Auburn -- really great football school, great school -- headed to Death Valley, as they say, hoping to put a stop to the LSU juggernaut.

     It was all tied up at the start of the second half when Auburn took the lead for the third time that game.  An LSU touchdown in the third quarter put you on top.  And from that point until the championship, you never trailed again for a single second in a single game.  Although, I must tell you, in the championship you did.  I was getting a little bit concerned.  (Laughter.)  You were a little behind there.  I said, "Hey, what's going on over here?"  Must be a pretty unusual feeling, right?  He didn't -- he didn't know that feeling.

     The next game, I was in the stands in Tuscaloosa where you beat your archrival Alabama in another great game -- (applause) -- and that was for the first time in eight years.  Alabama also, great coach, great team.  LSU was unstoppable, and soon you faced Oklahoma in the opening round of the playoffs.  And Oklahoma had a great season.

     You shut the Sooners down from the very first drive.  LSU held Oklahoma to their lowest total yards in a single game since 2015 -- I'm sure they weren't happy -- as wide receiver Justin Jefferson had 14 receptions for 227 receiving yards and four touchdowns.  (Applause.)  A college football playoff record.

     Where is Justin?  (Applause.)  He's going to be so rich.  (Laughter.)  Oh -- we're looking at money.  (Laughter.)  And this guy, Chase, wherever the hell he is, he was catching -- (laughter) -- where the hell is Chase?  He was catching balls all over the place.  You guys are going to make so much money.  (Laughter.)

     And I don't think your quarterback is going to do too badly, Coach.  I don't know.  (Laughter.)  Right?  I don't think going to do too badly.  You beat Oklahoma 63 to 28.  That doesn't happen to Oklahoma.

     Then it was on to New Orleans.  You needed one final big win against a truly great team.  And one last time, LSU learned that its star quarterback, Joe Burrow, was something very special. 

     After breaking a bone in his hand playing at Ohio State, Joe sat on the bench and wasn't happy about it.  I heard he was not thrilled.  (Laughter.)  That was not your happiest moment.

     MR. BURROW:  Not my best one.

     THE PRESIDENT:  He didn't like it.  I heard stories.  He was going a little crazy.  Then the coach took charge and took a change [chance] and brought him to LSU.

     Joe soon became the best quarterback in all of college football -- and not close -- because he set an NCAA record with 60 touchdowns -- I've never even heard of that, 60 -- in a single season, averaging a touchdown every quarter, and won the Heisman Trophy by the largest margin in the history of the Heisman Trophy.  (Applause.)  That's incredible.

     And as he received the trophy, Joe fought back tears.  I don't know, I don't think he's ever cried in his life.  I don't believe it.  Did you actually fight back tears?

     MR. BURROW:  A little bit.  (Laughter.)

     THE PRESIDENT:  A little bit.  (Laughter.)  It's like the coach: If you told me he cried, I -- I don't believe it.  Maybe when he was a baby, but I doubt it.  (Laughter.)

     He dedicated it to the kids in his beloved hometown of Athens, Ohio -- a great state.  Within weeks, Joe’s heartfelt speech raised over a half a million dollars for the Athens County Food Pantry.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you, Joe.

     And, Joe, I want to say, on behalf of the country, that you make our country very, very proud.  You're really an inspirational talent and all of that.  But you're an inspirational player and you're an inspirational person.  And you have a heart that's incredible, and you have a team that respects you so much.

     With Joe quarterbacking, and a team of unrivaled talent right alongside him and beside him, LSU had to beat the reigning champions -- a team that was here last year, and nice guys and they were very large.  (Laughter.)  You know, we served them a lot of food.  They ate so much food, we didn't know what the hell to do.  (Laughter.)  They kept eating and eating.  A team that had not lost a game in 741 days, the Clemson Tigers.  They really are really special, right?  Amazing.

     Before the game, the First Lady and I were honored to walk out on the field escorted by the ROTC cadets from both schools.  We then joined tens of thousands of proud, patriotic Americans to watch the battle of the titans.  This was a great game.  This was a tremendous game.  And, Coach, they had tremendous ratings on television.  The ratings came in, they were -- not surprisingly, but they were tremendous -- beyond what normally would be for even a championship game.

     On your first drive -- I think you might have had something to do with that, (inaudible), I don't know.  Although these two guys maybe too, but you had a lot to do with it.

     On your first drive, the celebrated LSU offense was pinned back at your own goal line.  I watched it.  I've never seen -- I bet you haven't been pinned back that many times, because every time I saw you, you were on the three-yard line like -- (laughter) -- what happened?  It was just, like, constantly.  But you kept doing just fine.  You did just fine, Coach.

     COACH ORGERON:  We were rope-a-dope --

     THE PRESIDENT:  You were -- right, that was a rope-a -dope.  (Laughter.)  That's true.  The first time you got the ball -- and then you made that great play and they called it back, as usual.  You made the great pass.  He's all over the place.  He's -- he was going to be tackled four times, like, on the first play.
And you threw the ball and everybody was excited, and then they said, "There's a flag on the field."  Too many flags, Coach.  Right?  (Laughter.)  Too many flags.  You know, the referees, they want to get themselves in the limelight, but -- (laughter) -- that was a play that should have not been called back, but that's all right.

     You punted after a rare three and out, and soon Clemson struck first with a touchdown and for the first time.  All season they were behind.  Then, Ja’Marr Chase -- that's the man; I was watching him -- caught a 52-yard bomb from Burrow to tie it up.  By the end of the game, Ja’Marr had nine catches and two touchdowns, setting a playoff championship record with 221 receiving yards.  That's phenomenal.  (Applause.)  Come here, Ja'Marr.  Come here.  (Applause.)

     I said, "You got to say something."

     MR. CHASE:  How y'all doing?  How y'all doing?  I'm just happy to be in the White House, to be honest.  (Laughter.)

     THE PRESIDENT:  That was very good.  (Applause.)
Hey, Coach, if I practiced, could I beat him in a race?  What do you think?  Could I beat him in a race?  (Laughter.)

     COACH ORGERON:  You may need -- may need a little head start.  (Laughter.)

     THE PRESIDENT:  (Laughs.)  A little head start, right?  I think I might need a head start.

     Midway through the third quarter, it was a tight three-point game.  You increased your lead with a touchdown.  Then in the fourth quarter, Terrace Marshall stretched out and caught a beautiful 24-yard pass in the end zone, and LSU went up 42 to 25, and all hope of a Clemson comeback -- and they were used to winning games.  It was -- they won, I think, 28 in a row or something, Coach.  It's a pretty unusual feeling for them too.  Shows how great a team you have.

     But all hope of a Clemson comeback came to an end when LSU forced a fumble.  The ball was picked up by a true freshman cornerback who had spent the game shutting down Clemson’s offense -- that's for sure -- on his side of the field: Derek Stingley, Jr.  Where's Derek?  (Applause.)  That was a good feeling, Coach.  With that play, the game was over.

     With an eye-popping 628 yards, the most passing touchdowns in a playoff championship game, and the SEC’s first-ever 15 and 0 season, LSU became the College Football National Champions.

     And Coach Orgeron said after the game, “God had a plan…All I did was follow the plan.”  The fact is God had a great coach here.  This is a great, great coach.  I really mean that, too.  (Applause.)  And the truth is, with a great coach, an outstanding quarterback, an entire team filled with heart and skill and hope, and courage and passion and strength, and unbreakable will to win -- that's what they have; they have an unbreakable will and confidence.  They went into that game against a team, 28 and 0.  They went into the game; I don’t think they had a doubt about what was going to be happening, I don’t think.  Did you ever doubt?

     MR. BURROW:  No.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Not even a little bit?  (Laughter.)

     MR. BURROW:  No.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Huh?  (Laughs.)  That's -- oh, he's going to be so rich.  (Laughter.)  Looks sort of like a young Tom Brady.  Does that make sense to you?  We call him "young Tom Brady."

     This LSU team will long be remembered as one of the greatest in college football history.  And I just want to say congratulations, and go Tigers!  (Applause.)  Go Tigers.  (Applause.)

So, Coach, there's another coach that I respect a lot.  His name is Bill Belichick, right?  Do you respect him?  Yes.  Everybody respects him.  He has a lot of respect for you.  I talked to him; he has a lot of respect for you.  And he thinks you're a great coach, and we know that.  The results speak louder than anything -- or anything I can say.

     I just want to congratulate you.  It's great to get to know you.  You have a real friend here.

     COACH ORGERON:  Thank you.

     THE PRESIDENT:  If I can ever help you with rescheduling, like next year, where we give you a little bit easier schedule.  What do you think?  (Laughter.)  Bill, we'll work that out.  But let's have the coach say a few words.  Boy, does he deserve it.  It's great to have you in the White House.  (Applause.)

     COACH ORGERON:  Thank you, President Trump.  What an honor to be here at the White House.  I speak on behalf of our football team and our great assistant coach and staff.  I do have the best organization in the world.  One team, one heartbeat.

     This is a player-driven program.  It's about the men behind me and the men in front of me.  You guys did it.  You guys set out on a plan, last year, January 17, that you were going to win the national championship.  You never talked about it.  You went about it through hard work, dedication, and you did it.  And we're so proud.

     I'd like thank my wife Kelly, and my boys and my family, who are here to be with me.  (Applause.)  And all the coaches' wives.  I'd like to thank Scott Woodward, (inaudible) the administration, for all the great things that they did for us.  One team, one heartbeat.  Go Tigers!  (Applause.)

     At this time, I'm like to bring up our interim President, Tom Galligan.

     MR. GALLIGAN:  Thank you, Coach.  Good morning.

     AUDIENCE:  Good morning.

     MR. GALLIGAN:  On behalf of everyone at Louisiana State University and the entire LSU Tiger family, I want to say what an honor it is for us to be here today at the White House representing our great university as national champions.

     Now, while a trip to the White House is traditional for national champions, Mr. President, I don’t think you have ever had a team quite like ours visit before.  The achievements of Coach O and these young men are truly historic.  If I were a poet, I would say they are absolutely epic.  This group will forever be known as one of the best to ever take the field in college football.

     Now, as I'm sure you've heard and seen, there is no group of supporters more passionate and dedicated than LSU's.  And I can tell you that our entire university, our community, and our state take immense pride in what this team and what you all have done.

     At LSU, we are champions on the football field, and we are champions in the classroom, in the laboratory, on the stage, in the art studio, in the Moot courtroom, and more.

     Our state gives much to this great nation: from commerce, to culture, to cuisine, and always character.  Now we have given the country what we believe is the greatest college football team ever.  (Applause.)

     Mr. President, Coach O and this team represent not only the best of LSU, but the best of Louisiana.  Thank you, and go Tigers!  (Applause.)

     It’s now my privilege to introduce -- originally from Athens, Ohio, but now we claim him in Baton Rouge, Louisiana -- the most decorated player in college football history, the Heisman Trophy winner, and a man who is already rich, because he is a recent LSU graduate, Joe Burrow.  (Applause.)

     MR. BURROW:  I’ll keep this short and sweet, because I’m sure Mr. President has some more pressing matters to get to.  (Laughter.)  But, no, I just want to say it’s truly an honor to be here.  And thank you for having us so soon after the game so the seniors could be here.  That means a lot to us.  This is a moment we’ll never forget, and it truly does mean a lot that you -- that you did that so soon.  So thank you.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.

     MR. BURROW:  Um, yeah, it’s so awesome to be here.  It’s a moment we’ll never forget.  It was a great season, but this is a great way to cap it off.  So thank you so much.  And we got -- we got a little jersey for you right here.  (Applause.)

     THE PRESIDENT:  Oh, I thought he was going to give me the Heisman.

     MR. BURROW:  Sorry, you can’t have my Heisman.  (Laughter.)

     THE PRESIDENT:  I thought he was going to give me the Heisman Trophy.  (Laughter.)  He's just giving me a jersey.

     (A jersey is presented.)  (Applause.)

     So, Joe, I just told the coach, we don’t normally do this, but I’m doing it for this team: Anybody who would like to come with me to the Oval Office, we’ll take pictures in the Oval.  It’s a special place.  There’s no place like the Oval.  They come from all over the world, they have their own big offices and everything; they go into the Oval and they say, “There’s no place like this.”

     So, Coach, if you’d like, we can take whoever wants to come to the Oval Office.  We’ll take pictures behind the Resolute Desk.  It’s been there a long time.  A lot of Presidents -- some good, some not so good.  (Laughter.)  But you got a good one now, even though they’re trying to impeach the son of a bitch.   Can you believe that?  (Laughter.)  Can you believe that?  Got the greatest economy we’ve ever had, Joe.  We got the greatest military.  We rebuilt it.  We took out those terrorists like -- like your football team would have taken out those terrorists, right?  But we’re doing good.

     So we’re going to go to the Oval Office with some of the players -- and all of the players, I guess.

     And again, I want to just congratulate the team.  I want to congratulate your great representatives, all of you.  You’ve been fantastic all season long -- before they went on this big streak.

     And it’s an honor to have everybody at the White House.  Thank you very much.  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

                        END                11:29 A.M. EST


Office of the Press Secretary


Members of Congress


House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA): “President Trump just signed the Phase One Trade Agreement! China has taken advantage of the US for years. President Trump stood up for Americans and fought for the fairness our workers deserve.”

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA): “The contrast is clear: Today @realDonaldTrump signed his trade deal with China that puts America first—another huge win for workers, farmers, and consumers. Meanwhile Dems are wasting more time on their impeachment charade. It’s obvious who’s actually working for our country.”

Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK): “I commend @POTUS and his team—particularly U.S. Trade Rep Lighthizer—for successfully negotiating the Phase 1 US-China Trade Agreement, an important, serious, much-needed first step in resetting this economic relationship. Importantly, it is positive news for Alaska’s fishermen.”

Sen. John Boozman (R-AR): “For far too long, China’s one-sided trade practices have been harmful to American farmers, manufacturers and workers. President Trump set out to force a change in behavior and the phase one deal his team negotiated, when properly implemented and enforced, can achieve that goal. It is a promising step in the right direction.”

Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ): “Great news for AZ workers! @POTUS just signed #PhaseOne of a U.S.-China trade agreement that will protect American technology & innovation and increase agriculture trade between our countries.”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL): “President Trump deserves credit for tackling the defining geopolitical issue of this century.”

Sen. David Perdue (R-GA): “President Trump is the first president in decades to actually stand up and fight for a level playing field with our trading partners around the world.”

Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA): “Today, @POTUS signed a historic trade deal w/ China that will secure a bright future for our nation. Through this agreement, we will back GA farmers, bolster American manufacturing & keep our country safe. I applaud @POTUS and his Admin for their resilience on this landmark deal.”

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA): “BIG [week] for @realDonaldTrump & his trade deals [great] victories [with] China phase 1 + [today] USMCA passed Senate w overwhelming bipartisan vote 89-10 I was glad [to] lead this effort in Senate [working] in bipartisan way [to] deliver much needed certainty for American farmers + manufacturers + workers.”

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA): “The phase one trade agreement with China, a critical market for Iowans, will be a boon for our farmers and manufacturers. Now, we’ve got to keep the pressure on China to uphold their end of the bargain as we move into phase two.”

Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID): “Congratulations to @POTUS on signing phase one of a trade deal with #China. As discussions with China proceed, I encourage everyone to focus on enforcement to advance the rights of U.S. farmers and producers, and ensure China plays fair.”

Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID): “Thank you, @POTUS, for having me today to see the historic signing of ‘Phase One’ of a trade agreement with China. This will be monumental for Idaho’s farmers, ranchers and producers. #ChinaTradeDeal”

Sen. Todd Young (R-IN): “Today’s news on the US / China trade deal is welcomed as we work to combat China’s aggression.”

Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN): “When President @realDonaldTrump made trade with China a big issue, it was long overdue. China plays the long game, but in the short run they’re feeling the pinch in their economy. We always need to be cautious with them, but we should all be glad Trump got them to the table.”

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS): “It’s a good day for American businesses, especially farmers and ranchers. This agreement is a big step towards a stronger, more reliable trading relationship between the U.S. and China. I’m glad to see this administration holding China accountable. And, I look forward to seeing this framework established and launching the next phase of this important agreement.”

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA): “Louisiana farmers and energy workers win as a result of today’s phase 1 trade deal with China. China agrees to buy an additional $32B in agriculture and $52.4B in energy products! Great work @POTUS & @USTradeRep!”

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME): “The inclusion of this provision in the Phase One Trade Agreement is a significant victory for Maine’s lobster industry, which has been unfairly harmed by retaliatory tariffs. I appreciate USTR Lighthizer’s responsiveness to the concerns industry members & I raised and for his efforts to secure the provision in the agreement.”

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS): “The first phase of President @realDonaldTrump’s trade deal with China is a big step forward for commerce between our nations. Our farmers can expect fewer barriers to exports, and our businesses have won important protections for their intellectual property.”

Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT): “President Trump is on a winning streak. Trade deals w/ Japan, Mexico&Canada, and China. @realDonaldTrump is obsessed w/ growing jobs and securing trade wins, Dems are obsessed w/ impeachment.”

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC): “Congratulations to @realDonaldTrump on signing phase 1 of this trade deal with China. With it, farmers are winning, small businesses are winning, & North Carolinians across the board are winning. The President’s negotiating tactics are clearly working.”

Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND): “Joined the President at the White House today for signing of the phase-one China trade agreement. This is very important for our farmers & ranchers as China has agreed to purchase $40-$50 billion in #agriculture products.”

Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND): “This deal is a major victory for the United States and for North Dakota! I thank President @realDonaldTrump for fighting tirelessly to deliver trade deals that are good for North Dakota’s producers and put American interests first.”

Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE): “Thank you @realDonaldTrump and your team for working hard to negotiate this trade deal with China. Nebraska will now be able to expand our market access. This deal will bring much needed economic certainty to manufacturing, ag & energy.”

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH): “The #ChinaTradeDeal is a really good first step. @realDonaldTrump and @USTradeRep delivered an agreement that will level the playing field for American workers, address China’s unfair trade practices & provide a big economic boost for our farmers.”

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK): “@POTUS is the 1st president to take China seriously—made clear yet again with the signing of today’s trade deal. He understands that for too long, our trade relationship with China has been flawed & that we need real & permanent fixes.”

Sen. James Lankford (R-OK): “Congratulations to @RealDonaldTrump on getting the Phase-One Trade Agreement w/ China done. Every president has tried to get China to be more fair in their trade--more ag sales, greater intellectual property protections & first step toward a more open market.”

Sen. John Thune (R-SD): “Glad to have been at the @WhiteHouse for today’s event where the phase one trade deal with China became official. This is good progress.”

Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD): “The ‘phase one’ deal signed today is great news for South Dakota farmers, ranchers and manufacturers. Under this agreement, China has agreed to purchase at least $40 billion of our agricultural products. … I thank President Trump for his efforts to make sure our farmers, ranchers and manufacturers are getting a fair deal.”

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN): “This is a solid win for our farmers and manufactures – China will be purchasing $200 billion in American goods and services over the next two years. From day one, our farmers have stood behind @realDonaldTrump as he fought to secure a better deal.”

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX): “The Dow industrials rose to a new milestone after an initial U.S.-China trade pact”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX): “I commend @realDonaldTrump for leaning in hard to work toward fair and reciprocal trade with China. This is welcome news for farmers and ranchers in the Lone Star State and across the country who want access to Chinese markets.”

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV): “Best view in the house watching @realDonaldTrump sign #PhaseOne of the U.S.-China Deal! This is great news, especially for West Virginia’s hardwood and met coal industries. I’ve been working for months with @USTradeRep to make sure those industries were included.”

Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY): “#USMCA isn’t the only trade victory. Since taking office, @realDonaldTrump implemented new deals with South Korea & Japan. He also forced China to the negotiating table & signed a deal to open Chinese markets to a variety of American products including Wyo beef & energy exports.”

Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR): “@realDonaldTrump continues to follow through on his promise to stand up for our nation’s farmers and ranchers. #ChinaTradeDeal”

Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ): “One of my top priorities has been working to ensure the #USA has access to free and balanced trade relationships. The Phase One trade deal with China will benefit all American consumers and reflects the work @realDonaldTrump & @USTradeRep have done to further grow our economy.”

Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA): “The signing of the United States and China Phase One trade agreement is a major accomplishment. For the first time we are holding China accountable for its abusive practices and unfair behavior that has harmed American workers and our local businesses.”

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA): “With #USMCA’s passage moving forward in the Senate, @realDonaldTrump secures another vital trade deal today with China. Highlights include China’s purchase of $200 billion of U.S. goods and promises to remedy issues like intellectual property theft.”

Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL): “About to enter the White House to join President Trump for the signing of an important trade deal with China. This initial trade agreement will open Chinese markets to more American products and protect American technology.”

Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL): “I applaud @realDonaldTrump for bringing #China to the table to negotiate a Phase I trade deal & bring relief to our #ag workers in FL. This first step is critical in holding China accountable for abuses in our trade relationship. We will see what Phase II brings.”

Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA): “Two BIG wins for American workers this week! - China agrees to purchase an additional $200 billion in US goods over the next 2 yrs in historic trade agreement secured by @realDonaldTrump - Senate approved the #USMCA, estimated to create nearly 180,000 new jobs here in America.”

Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-GA): “Today, President @realDonaldTrump signed ‘Phase One’ of his historic US-China trade deal. The agreement addresses China’s unfair trade practices and includes several of Americas top priorities. This is a big win for American workers and businesses.”

Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA): “For decades, China has been taking advantage of America’s economy, innovators, and workers. @realDonaldTrump promised to stop their unfair trading practices. #PhaseOne will boost the U.S. economy and protect American workers. #PromisesMadePromisesKept, thank you @POTUS!”

Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL): “Between the signing of the Phase One Agreement with China and USMCA finally passing both chambers, this is a good week for farmers and American workers.”

Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL): “The phase one trade deal with China is a historic agreement that is substantive & holds China accountable for IP theft & forced tech transfers. Thanks to @realDonaldTrump & @USTradeRep, this deal will level the playing field for American farmers, workers & businesses.”

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY): “Nice work @realDonaldTrump! Good for American consumers and great for American jobs. I’m a big fan of bilateral trade agreements.  We don’t need WTO to tell us what to do.”

Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA): “Two HUGE trade wins in two days:‼️ China agrees to purchase additional $200 million of U.S. products‼️ Senate passes USMCA @realDonaldTrump is delivering for Louisianians!”

Rep. Billy Long (R-MO): “Huge week for American Businesses: - @realDonaldTrump signed #PhaseOne of the historic U.S.-China trade deal - #USMCA passed the senate and is heading to the president’s desk.”

Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC): “The Phase One U.S./China Trade Deal is going to boost the #NC13 economy. Instead of working with the President, Nancy Pelosi was holding an impeachment pep rally and handing out gold pens on silver plates.”

Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC): “I was proud to join @realDonaldTrump yesterday as he signed the Phase One agreement w/ China. I look forward to continuing to work with the President to fight for better trade w/ China so we protect #NC10 jobs & ensure our already booming economy maintains its success globally.”

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC): “President Trump continues to deliver in the face of non-stop political attacks from House Democrats. We’ve now got a phase I trade deal with China—in ADDITION to already record jobs numbers, wage increases, and economic growth. Let’s keep it going. @realDonaldTrump.”

Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) :”China had a 5:1 trade surplus advantage over the US, due to their internal subsidies, predatory trade practices, & blocking our exports. Overtime, their duplicity grew worse. Glad @POTUS is defending America. We can now equally compete with China. I support free, but fair trade.”

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE): “Thank you, President Trump, for aggressively renegotiating trade policy with China. Important first step. @realDonaldTrump #ChinaTradeDeal”

Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE): “Thank you @POTUS for the invitation to today’s China trade agreement signing at the White House. This agreement with China is a positive first step toward addressing one of our biggest trade challenges.”

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY): “Big announcement just came out of the White House with the President signing Phase I of a trade deal with China filled with great progress that will benefit a US economy that is strong and now getting even stronger.”

Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH): “Encouraged to see the phase 1 signing of a trade deal with #China. Important action on IP theft, trade secrets, and market access for American goods and services. Still work to be done, but I am thrilled to see this step in the right direction to force China to play by the rules.”

Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH): “This was a big step toward establishing fair trade practices with China and enabling American workers and businesses to compete on a level playing field.”

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK): “THIS WEEK: After withholding ‘urgent’ impeachment articles from the Senate for 28 days, Speaker Pelosi FINALLY allowed a vote to move the process forward. economic victories thanks to @POTUS: - USMCA clears the Senate - Phase 1 of China Trade Deal signed.”

Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA): “The era of economic surrender is over! Great job @POTUS @realDonaldTrump and @USTradeRep for achieving the first step in re-balancing our trade relationship with China. Western Pennsylvania workers thank you for your leadership!”

Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA): “It’s a big week for trade: – Senate passes #USMCA – President Trump signs phase one of China trade deal New market opportunities for our farmers are on the horizon!”

Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-SD): “Producers want certainty and #China needs to play fair - this agreement hits the mark on both fronts. This Phase One China agreement paired with the #USMCA are the wins our producers need. Thank you @realDonaldTrump!”

Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN): “The Phase One trade agreement boosts exports of American goods and services to China and levels the playing field for American companies looking to do business in China. Thank you @realDonaldTrump and @USTradeRep for standing up to China and creating fairer trade for America!”

Rep. Mark Green (R-TN): “President @realDonaldTrump has delivered for American families and workers despite a constant smear campaign from the left, and the #PhaseOne trade deal with China is only the latest example. Democrats are pushing #impeachment because they literally have no other accomplishments.”

Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX): “This is a monumental achievement for farmers and ranchers in my district in West Texas and across rural America, who will reap the blessings of China’s commitment to purchasing as much as $50 billion worth of U.S. agriculture products.”

Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX): “Today, @realDonaldTrump signed ‘Phase One’ of the new trade agreement w/ China – a historic occasion! The days of China taking advantage of us are finally ending. Now, bad actors will be held accountable & the playing field will be leveled for U.S. families, workers & innovators.”

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX): “@realDonaldTrump delivered another historic victory yesterday with the signing of phase one of a U.S. - China trade deal. This is great news for Texas farmers, energy producers, and manufacturers as it will generate billions in new economic activity!”

Rep. Michael Burgess, (R-TX): “Thank you @realDonaldTrump for continuing to put America first by signing #PhaseOne of the new trade agreement with China.”

Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX): “President Trump has signed a historic phase one trade deal with China. These successful negotiations mark an important step in re-balancing our trade relationship with China & are a tremendous victory for our Texas farmers, manufacturers, and innovators.”

Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX): “Great news for Texas and the nation. I look forward to seeing the bipartisan #USMCA create jobs, strengthen trade with Mexico and Canada and allow us to compete as China tries to replace the United States as the most important economy in the world.”

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX): “Every President has pledged to take China on as they steal and rip off the United States and our economy. @realDonaldTrump is the first to actually do it.”

Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX): “While @SpeakerPelosi was preoccupied handing out custom pens after signing impeachment articles to her henchmen (bizarre), @realDonaldTrump was signing a trade deal with China.”

Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA): “Trade is vital to the economic success of #VA05. I am proud of the work that @POTUS has done for our farmers, growers, and producers and am excited to see the tremendous growth the #USMCA and China trade agreements will bring.”


State & Local Officials


Governor Mike Dunleavy (R-AK): “Congratulations to @realDonaldTrump on signing the historic Phase One Trade Agreement with China. Leveling the trade playing field is of national importance, it will boost our economy and help grow #Alaska businesses.”

Governor Kay Ivey (R-AL): “I applaud @POTUS for signing Phase 1 of the U.S. trade deal with China. This comprehensive agreement is going to help our nation’s economy & our state tremendously. We are proud to have Commerce Sec. @gregcanfield represent Alabama at this historic ceremony. @MadeinAL #alpolitics”

Governor Asa Hutchinson (R-AR): “The Phase One trade deal with China is great news for AR’s farmers, manufacturers, and businesses. Thank you to @realDonaldTrump for your leadership in securing this historic agreement.”

Governor Kim Reynolds (R-IA): “Today, President Trump secured a historic win for the American people. Forging a stronger trade agreement with China puts Iowa farmers, families, and small businesses first. It was an honor to attend the signing ceremony, at the invitation of the President, and witness such an iconic moment.”

Governor Eric Holcomb (R-IN): “During my economic development trip to China in September, numerous government officials expressed a desire to secure a trade deal and President Trump has delivered. This is a great first step, especially for our Hoosier farmers. We look forward to a continued mutually productive relationship with China, one of Indiana’s largest international partners.”

Governor Mike Parson (R-MO): “Initial promises from the Phase One Trade Agreement with China include more than $200 billion in purchases that cover a number of industries that thrive in Missouri, including agriculture, energy, manufacturing & other services. A tremendous victory for our American economy!”

Governor Doug Burgum (R-ND): “With China committing to purchase at least $200 billion in additional U.S. goods and services over the next two years, including $40 billion to $50 billion in agricultural goods, this agreement represents a major win for North Dakota farmers and ranchers, who are among the best in the world and can compete with anyone on a level playing field.”

Governor Pete Ricketts (R-NE): “Congratulations to President @realDonaldTrump on securing a Phase One trade deal with China. The President’s relentless focus on right-sizing our trade relationship with China is important for Nebraska.”

Governor Mike DeWine (R-OH): “I commend President Trump’s work to negotiate better trade deals, first with USMCA and now the Phase One agreement with China. These agreements are significant progress to boost businesses in Ohio and across America.”

Governor Henry McMaster (R-SC): “I applaud @realDonaldTrump’s hard work to finalize the #USChinaTradeDeal. This deal is a win for South Carolina, and all of America. It will be another shot in the arm for the US economy, American manufacturers, service providers, farmers, and more. #SCwinning #USAwinning”

Governor Kristi Noem (R-SD): “I arrived at the @WhiteHouse today with a couple of friends from SD… Jerry Schmitz, a soybean producer, and Craig Andersen, a pork producer. They joined me here to be with @realDonaldTrump as he signed the phase one trade agreement with China! A BIG win for SD producers!”

Governor Mark Gordon (R-WY): “The Phase 1 agreement with China signed by President Trump today will benefit Wyoming exporters, including the trona, petroleum and agriculture industries, and may open doors for Wyoming technology companies to enhance international partnerships.”

Lt. Governor Adam Gregg (R-IA): “This phase one trade deal is a win for Iowa farmers, producers and rural Iowa! For too long, Iowans have faced uncertainty and unnecessary barriers in getting their products into China. Thank you @POTUS!”

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch (R-IN): “@GovHolcomb, @ISDAgov and I applaud @realDonaldTrump for making good on his promise to fight for Hoosiers, our workers & businesses. This Phase One Trade Agreement with China  is a huge win for America  & Indiana agriculture.”

Lt. Governor Dan Forest (R-NC): “Thank you, @realDonaldTrump, for negotiating a new, transformative trade agreement with China. Agriculture is North Carolina’s No. 1 industry and this is a big win for our farmers. This deal also protects innovators building our state’s future economy.”

Lt. Governor Pamela Evette (R-SC): “President @realDonaldTrump once again draws on his business experience to negotiate better trade deals for the American people. This historic agreement will not only benefit American farmers & manufacturers, but also other innovators within the U.S. economy. #USChinaTradeDeal.”

Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward: “Honored to represent @AsaHutchinson and Arkansas Agriculture today at the @WhiteHouse for the historic US-China Trade Agreement! @ARDeptofAgricul”

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black: “I believe a firm hand is necessary to produce a fair deal. I congratulate President Trump for I know he believes that prosperity rises when trade barriers come down. Under the new agreement we look forward to expanding consumer trust of the Georgia Grown brand in China.”

Indiana Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler: “It was an honor to be invited and watch the signing of this historic deal. We are excited to further develop our relationship with China and are looking forward to the positive impact this will have on Indiana agriculture now, and in the future.”

Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin: “This trade agreement will have an immediate, substantive and positive impact on Louisiana’s workers and businesses, especially our farmers.”

Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain: “Our President, Donald J. Trump has secured an historic and unparalleled Phase One trade agreement with China. As a direct result of his leadership, we have achieved substantial progress towards free trade and a level playing field that benefits American agriculture, manufacturing, energy and services.”

Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson: “The signing of the Phase One Trade Agreement with China is a welcomed beginning to resolve these trade disputes, and serves as a symbol of the patriotism of our farmers.  I’m grateful for the work President Trump is doing on behalf of agriculture and trade.”

Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn: “Agriculture’s goal has always been free and fair trade among countries. Our farmers & ranchers continue to produce the safest and most wholesome farm products in the world and this deal ensures us a level playing field in the global marketplace.”

North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler: “We are thrilled with the signing of this first phase of trade with China. This is a very good deal for North Carolina agriculture, particularly with tobacco being included on the list.”

North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring: “I am thankful for the leadership of President Trump and Ambassador Lighthizer on this deal. I am extremely pleased to see these unjustified trade barriers being removed and market access being enhanced for our agricultural producers, manufacturers and innovators.”

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller: “The ‘Phase One’ trade deal with China is huge Texas-sized news for American farmers and ranchers.  It is the beginning of a new era for American trade with China and a great step forward for American agriculture. I applaud President Donald Trump, Secretary Sonny Perdue, Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Ambassador Robert Lighthizer on getting this historic trade deal done.”

Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer: “I would like to thank President Trump for negotiating and signing this historic trade agreement. The reopening of the Chinese agricultural market is a win not only for the economies of the United States and the Navajo Nation, but for the global economy.”

State Senate President Larry Objof (R-OH): “Today’s Agreement will reduce our trade deficit with China and will give us a more level playing field by protecting our intellectual property and addressing China’s currency manipulation. Make no mistake: the China Phase One Trade Agreement is good for Ohio.”

State Sen. Del Marsh (R-AL): “This agreement is a major win for our economy and should be applauded by all Americans, regardless of political party, as a great first step in creating a more level playing field for the United States. I commend President Trump for his leadership and commitment to negotiate better trade deals which will benefit not only farmers in Alabama but across America.”

State Sen. Ben Albritton (R-FL): “As a lover of Florida farmers and a farmer myself, I am thrilled that President Trump is changing the status quo and fighting for American farming families.”

State Sen. Tyler Harper (R-GA): “I am thankful to President Trump and his Administration for the progress being made to assist rural communities, farmers, and businesses and especially thankful for the impact this trade deal will have on the district I serve as well as the impact it will have across our State.”

State Sen. Mark Johnson (R-MN): “This historic trade deal is a massive win for the American economy and farmers across this Nation.”

State Sen. Torrey Westrom (R-MN): “This trade agreement is great news at the right time. Through removing trade barriers and expanding markets, this agreement will be more fair to U.S. interests, promote greater Minnesota job growth, and benefit nearly every sector of agriculture in our State.”

State Sen. Phil Berger (R-NC): “President Trump’s leadership in renegotiating the trade agreement with China shows a recommitment to supporting famers and agriculture across the nation, instead of foreign interests.”

State Sen. Norman Sanderson (R-NC): “Agriculture remains the top industry in North Carolina, and by securing this deal President Trump shows us once again that he’s supporting hardworking Americans.”

State Sen. Matt Huffman (R-OH): “Today’s signing of the Phase One trade deal with China is another strong move forward for Ohio’s workers, farmers and job creators, especially in western Ohio.”

State Sen. Michael Rulli (R-OH): “I commend the hard-work of President Trump and his Administration to seal this deal with China, ensuring fairer trade for the American people.”

State Sen. Bob Peterson (R-OH): “. I am grateful President Trump has remained steadfast in his commitment to creating opportunities for the hard-working men and women of our state and driving our economy forward.”

State Rep. Sam Watson (R-GA): “I applaud President Trump for working so diligently to improve the livelihood of farmers by engaging in dialog with our trade partners.  This particular trade agreement is a win for rural America.”

State Rep. Matt Hall (R-MI): “I am grateful President Trump has remained tough with China and negotiated an agreement that puts America first by rebalancing trade with China.”

State Rep. Debra Kiel (R-MN): “This will open up markets that we can sell soybeans that are in our bins right now at a better price.”

State Rep. Anne Neu (R-MN): “This is a great first step toward a broad deal with China that will give an even greater boost to farmers across Minnesota and our country.”

State Rep. Tony Kurtz (R-WI): “This truly is a great win for Wisconsin farmers and manufacturers!”

Colbert County, Alabama Commissioner Tommy Barnes: “I want to thank our President in his successful negotiation of the Phase One Trade Agreement with China. The timing was critical for our Nation and the strength of the President’s positions could not have come at a better time.”

Charlotte County, Florida Commissioner Bill Truex: “I look forward to [President Trump’s] continued efforts in righting the imbalance of trade agreements for the benefit of the American Citizen.”

Marion County, Florida Commissioner Kathy Bryant: “President Trump’s initiatives with China forecast improved farming incentives, a rise in commodity prices and an overall higher-quality agricultural landscape for farmers, not only in Marion County, Florida, but across the Nation.”

Pasco County, Florida Commissioner Kathryn Starkey: “The Phase One trade deal is a victory for American farmers, manufacturers, and our economy as a whole.”

Brooks County, Georgia Commissioner Myra Exum: “I truly believe that Phase One of the trade agreement with China will help our local economy by opening markets and bolstering commodity prices.”

Crisp County, Georgia Commissioner Wallace Mathis: “I appreciate President Trump, Sec. Perdue, and so many others in this Administration for the detail and thought into this trade bill with China, it no doubt will pay huge dividends in the future for citizens of America, China, and have a positive effect on other countries as well.”

Seminole County, Georgia Commissioner Mark Spooner: “We would like to thank President Trump for his efforts, along with our own Georgia native Secretary Perdue, for bringing some stability to our commodity markets by this Phase One China Trade Agreement.”

Kendall County, Illinois Commissioner Scott Gryder: “This agreement helps level the playing field, and we could not be more pleased by the efforts of President Trump and the administration. Our farmers will reap the benefits of this trade agreement being signed today.”

Hamilton County, Indiana Commissioner Mark Heirbrandt: “President Trump’s work on the Phase One Trade Agreement with China displays his dedication to both farmers and consumers across America.”

Kossuth County, Iowa Supervisor Kyle Stecker: “With over 600,000 acres in Kossuth County this trade deal is a major victory for our farmers, the backbone of our economy locally and nationally.”

Wright County, Iowa Supervisor Karl Helgevold: “The [agreement] is a breath of fresh air to the farmers, citizens, and agricultural industries in our rural Iowa County.”

Johnson County, Kansas Commissioner Mike Brown: “The USA and China Free Trade Agreement Phase One is important to America and to the great State of Kansas.”

Anoka County, Minnesota Commissioner Julie Braastad: “President Trump’s commitment to remove trade barriers will directly help job growth and business expansion in Minnesota.”

Anoka County, Minnesota Commissioner Scott Schulte: “This monumental trade deal is a substantial win for the U.S. economy and particularly for farmers across Minnesota.”

Cascade County, Montana Commissioner Joe Briggs: “In short, this trade agreement provides Montana with additional jobs and additional economic benefit for our citizens.”

Tioga County, New York Commissioner Erick Coolidge: “This agreement between the United States and China is truly needed and very much appreciated.”

Yadkin County, North Carolina Commissioner Kevin Austin: “This trade agreement is incredible news for the farmers of my County and of North Carolina.”

Eerie County, Ohio Commissioner Stephen Shoffner: “I want to thank President Trump and his Administration for creating a trade agreement that is fairer for the United States and the hard working famers of the Midwest and Ohio.”

Morrow County, Ohio Commissioner Thomas Whiston: “This agreement will positively impact all sectors of our economy and is historic in scope and spectrum.”

Shelby County, Ohio Commissioner Julie Ehemann: “Protecting our intellectual property while opening the door to our goods, especially our agricultural sector is a huge win for my community.”

Cleveland County, Oklahoma Commissioner Rod Cleveland: “President Trump is a seasoned trade negotiator. This historic trade deal is great for Oklahoma and great for America.”

Grant County, Oklahoma Commissioner Cindy Bobbitt: “Today was another history win for the American people with the signing of the Phase I agreement between the United States and the People’s Republic of China.”

Berks County, Pennsylvania Commissioner Christian Leinbach: “While this is a first step, it is a major step to free and fair trade and it respects American consumers and business.”

Waukesha County, Wisconsin Executive Paul Farrow: “This deal is a tremendous victory for Wisconsin’s economy, especially our farmers, manufacturers, and innovators.”

Waushara County, Wisconsin Administrator Robert Sivick: “I appreciate President Trump’s outreach to local governmental officials like myself and concern for the people and economies of rural Wisconsin, the Midwest, and America.”

Policy Organizations & Industry Leaders

Agricultural Retailers Association Chairman Rod Wells: “ARA applauds the Trump administration, the office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), and those working behind the scenes to help repair trade relations between the two countries. This agreement will boost U.S. goods and services exports to China by a reported $200 billion over the next two years. That level of economic growth cannot be understated.”

American Automotive Policy Council President Governor Matt Blunt: “AAPC commends the Trump administration’s efforts to secure a phase-one trade agreement with China.”

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “Today’s signing is an important step in giving America’s farmers and ranchers the ability to get back to business in the global market.”

American Feed Industry Association President and CEO Constance Cullman: “I am very excited about what this agreement means for the U.S. animal food industry and reopening the Chinese market for our products. I’m grateful for the hard work and enduring efforts of our trade negotiators on our behalf and the administration as a whole for defending the enhancement of productive trading relationships and supporting U.S. businesses and exports.”

Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning: “President Trump may have achieved what almost every American including me viewed as impossible through the signature of the fair and reciprocal phase one U.S.-China trade deal.”

American Soybean Association President Bill Gordon: “We have long supported changes to how China conducts business with the world, in agriculture and other industries. Today’s signing addresses many of those concerns and is a positive for the U.S., including reduction of non-tariff barriers to trade that are important to soybean growers and other agriculture groups.”

American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear: “The signing of this agreement with China is good for our industry, which is significantly impacted by trade. … It will give a boost to U.S. manufacturers and exporters of American goods and provide certainty to the supply chain – all of which will positively impact the trucking industry.”

Archer Daniels Midland: “ADM strongly supports the Phase 1 U.S.-China trade agreement, which will bring about meaningful benefits for American food and agriculture by breaking down barriers and addressing systemic issues that have previously impeded full access to the Chinese market.”

Biotechnology Innovation Organization President and CEO James Greenwood: “Trade issues with China have long been a priority for BIO and our members. We appreciate the Administration’s hard work and leadership and welcome the completion of this important first phase of the agreement.”

Business Roundtable: “Business Roundtable commends the Administration for completing a Phase One trade agreement with China that begins to level the playing field for American workers and businesses, removes some tariffs and allows for increased trade between both countries.”

Chubb Insurance: “Chubb welcomes and supports the successful completion of the Phase One trade agreement between the United States and China. We congratulate the governments of both nations for achieving this important confidence-building step.”

CropLife America Inc.: “We thank the @WhiteHouse for reaching & signing a historic trade deal with China that will benefit our #farmers and American consumers.”

Consumer Technology Association President and CEO Gary Shapiro: “President Trump made a deal that rolls back tariffs and addresses critical tech priorities including intellectual property protections and forced technology transfer.”

Corteva Agriscience Senior Vice President, External Affairs and Sustainability Dana Bolden: “As a company, we support this agreement because we support farmers, who truly want new markets and the free flow of trade. This agreement will help stabilize markets, further expand and modernize trade, and increase grower and consumer access to innovation.”

Electronic Transactions Association CEO Jodie Kelley: “The Phase One trade deal represents significant positive progress towards the resolution of several issues currently impacting American payments technology companies who want to operate in China.”

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Head of Jeep Brand, FCA – North America Jim Morrison: “The Phase 1 agreement signed today by President Trump and Vice Premier Liu is a good first step towards establishing a healthy trade relationship.”

Fitch Group CEO Paul Taylor: “Fitch Group is committed to supporting the development and internationalization of China’s capital markets. We want to express our appreciation to President Trump, Vice Premier Liu, and the U.S. and Chinese negotiating teams for this important agreement.”

General Electric: “We congratulate the U.S. and Chinese governments on today’s signing of the Phase 1 trade deal, which should expand opportunities for GE’s businesses in both the United States and China, and support continued bilateral negotiations that lead to the lifting of remaining tariffs.”

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor: “We’re grateful to U.S administration officials for their continued work on securing this trade agreement at such a pivotal time for our nation’s agriculture and renewable energy industries.”

Here for America: “Here For America is encouraged that the U.S. and China have agreed to a Phase One trade deal that allows automakers to continue exporting American-made vehicles.”

Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert Jr.: “Illinois farmers are ready to regain our trading position with China. … We are well-positioned to fulfill China’s demand of soybeans, pork and additional commodities, and this agreement provides a pathway for the next generation of Illinois young farmers.”

Information Technology Industry Council President and CEO Jason Oxman: “The ‘phase one’ deal is great news for American consumers and businesses. We commend the Trump Administration for reaching this important moment.”

Intel Corporation Executive Vice President and General Counsel Steven Rodgers: “Intel welcomes today’s Phase One trade agreement signed by the U.S. and China. We hope this first step leads to greater trade cooperation between the U.S. and China and we encourage governments everywhere to work cooperatively towards free open and fair trade.”

International Dairy Foods Association President and CEO Michael Dykes: “Today, the two most powerful economies in the world began to restore a positive, mutually beneficial trade relationship, and dairy producers and processors across the United States are grateful.”

Internet Association Director of Trade Policy Jordan Haas: “IA welcomes today’s signing of the U.S.-China Phase One Trade Agreement. This deal will help to limit market access barriers for American internet companies and better protect innovative U.S. intellectual property.”

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation President Craig Hill: “Iowa farmers have long pushed for more free and open markets, and we are pleased with the progress towards that goal through the phase one China trade deal.  Free and fair trade with China represents countless opportunities for Iowa agriculture in a growing market with a demand for U.S. ag products.”

Job Creators Network President and CEO Alfredo Ortiz: “The phase one trade deal with China is arguably Trump’s most impressive trade victory to date. … I’m already hearing from Job Creators Network members about how the deal is benefitting their bottom lines.”

Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap: “Minnesota Farm Bureau appreciates today’s progress and encourages the administration to continue to aggressively pursue a full trade agreement with China and move forward with protecting and expanding markets across the world.”

Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association: “China agreement restores trade certainty to our bilateral relationship and will benefit motor vehicle parts manufacturers.”

National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons: “[N]o other administration has achieved this level of success with—and accountability of—America’s primary economic adversary in the past three decades.”

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Jennifer Houston: “We cannot begin to express our thanks to President Trump for fighting for America’s cattle producers. … Today is a great day for the U.S. beef industry and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.”

National Corn Growers Association: “Signing the phase one agreement with China is a step in the right direction to resolving the trade dispute with China and restoring the trading relationship between our two countries.”

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives President Chuck Conner: “The signing today of the ‘phase one’ trade agreement between the United States and the People’s Republic of China represents an important step towards helping America’s farmers and ranchers expand their exports.”

National Fisheries Institute: “NFI commends the @WhiteHouse @USTradeRep @realDonaldTrump for completing phase-one of the U.S.-China trade agreement. As one of the most traded commodities in the world, #trade is always top of mind for NFI and its members. #TradeMatters #SeafoodSeeJobs #USChinaDeal”

National Grain and Feed Association Chairman Eric Wilkey: “The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) commends President Trump and his administration for successfully concluding and signing a Phase One trade accord with the People’s Republic of China.”

National Potato Council Vice President of Trade Affairs Jared Balcom: “This signing today, coming on the heels of the new Japan free trade agreement and the anticipated ratification of the USMCA, creates trade momentum for our industry and sets the stage for future increased market access that may result in substantial gains for U.S. growers.”

National Pork Producers Council President David Herring: “NPPC applauds the administration for its hard work in negotiating this deal. China is the world’s biggest producer and consumer of pork.”

National Sorghum Producers Chairman Dan Atkisson: “National Sorghum Producers was pleased to be a part of the signing today of a Phase One deal with China and applauds both the U.S. and Chinese administrations for their hard work to progress negotiations and reach an agreement that should lessen market uncertainty and shift purchases to more U.S. agriculture products, like sorghum, by our customers in China.”

National Turkey Federation Chairman Kerry Doughty: “Re-opening the door for business in China was a huge win for America’s turkey farmers and processors, creating the potential for this to once again become a major market for our products.”

North American Meat Institute President and CEO Julie Anna Potts: “We are encouraged by the Phase One deal with China, which eliminates non-tariff barriers to trade with our fastest growing market for meat and poultry products.”

Ohio Farm Bureau President Frank Burkett III: “The signing of a trade deal with China is a big step in the right direction as farmers in Ohio and across the country are eager to get back to business globally.”

Pet Food Institute President and CEO Dana Brooks: “We are grateful to all the U.S. officials, led by the White House, involved in this effort to provide meaningful access to this important market for so many U.S. products, including pet food.”

Semiconductor Industry Association President and CEO John Neuffer: “The ‘phase one’ trade agreement signed today helps ease uncertainty in the semiconductor industry, and we hope it provides a stepping stone to a more comprehensive deal between the world’s two largest economies.”

Software and Information Industry Association: “SIIA welcomes the Phase 1 agreement, especially the protection for intellectual property and ban on forced technology transfers.”

South Dakota Soybean Association: “Fair agricultural trade between nations raises the poor out of poverty, generates renewable wealth and supports peace and prosperity for all people.”

United Parcel Service Chairman and CEO David Abney: “The Phase One trade deal is an important first step in strengthening the rules of trade between the two countries and in particular for providing greater trade predictability to UPS’s small and medium sized customers.”

U.S.A. Rice Federation Chairman Charley Matthews Jr.: “We appreciate the Administration’s help in seeking a level playing field for U.S. rice with China through both historic market access and compliance with WTO requirements.”

U.S.-China Business Council President Craig Allen: “This is an encouraging first step that should benefit many of our members…We urge both governments to use the phase one agreement as a foundation for building a stronger, fairer bilateral relationship that ensures a level playing field for Americans in China’s rapidly growing market.”

U.S. Dairy Export Council President and CEO Tom Vilsack: “Today’s announcement of a deal that makes progress on regulatory restrictions and other nontariff barriers hindering dairy trade is a positive step forward.”

U.S. Grains Council Chairman Darren Armstrong: “The U.S. Grains Council is pleased to see the signing today of a Phase One deal with China, which should reduce continued market uncertainty and incentivize China to purchase significant amounts of the full range of U.S. agricultural products, including grains, distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and ethanol, to total at least $80 billion over the next two years.”

Western Growers Association Chairman Ryan Talley: “Western Growers applauds the significant strides the Trump Administration has made in securing fairer deals for American farmers with key trading partners around the world.”

Wisconsin Farm Bureau President Joe Bragger: “It was a chance of a lifetime to join other Farm Bureau presidents and agriculture leaders for this historic event. I was proud to see agriculture in the spotlight and slowly working our way back into this critical market.”