Trump’s ac­tions harm state, so why sup­port him?

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

As a res­i­dent of North­west Arkansas, I am rep­re­sented by three in­di­vid­u­als in the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, Mr. Wo­mack, Mr. Booz­man and Mr. Cot­ton. Their vot­ing record since the in­au­gu­ra­tion of Pres­i­dent Trump demon­stra­bly shows their devo­tion to Mr. Trump’s ac­tions. His ac­tions do not sup­port the health and wel­fare of Arkansans.

Mex­ico is one of Arkansas’ largest trade part­ners. The Arkansas World Trade Cen­ter states that trade with Mex­ico sup­ports 100,000 jobs in Arkansas. Mr. Trump’s ac­tions have caused grain and meat ex­ports from the USA to Mex­ico to drop pre­cip­i­tously, ac­cord­ing to data from the U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture. Mex­i­can gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials have stated that they are seek­ing to re­duce and elim­i­nate trade with the U.S.A. be­cause the U.S.A. is not a re­li­able trade part­ner due to Mr. Trump’s ac­tions, as re­ported in the Wall Street Jour­nal, a con­ser­va­tive news­pa­per. Arkansas is not the only source for the prod­ucts that Mex­ico im­ports and the drop in trade to Mex­ico clearly demon­strates that Mex­ico will be able to re­duce its pur­chases of U.S. goods and com­modi­ties. Mr. Trump’s ac­tion visa-vis Cuba has also closed mar­kets for Arkansas com­modi­ties. Will Arkansas lose 100,000 jobs be­cause of Mr. Trump and the com­plic­ity of our gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives? If they con­tinue their devo­tion to Mr. Trump the an­swer could eas­ily be yes.

Mr. Trump’s ac­tions are also cre­at­ing dis­rup­tions in the health care sys­tem. These dis­rup­tions are also harm­ful to Arkansans.

Why are our rep­re­sen­ta­tives sup­port­ing Mr. Trump’s harm­ful ac­tions? Gov. Hutchin­son has had the courage to speak out. Our fed­eral gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives have been silent and sup­port­ive of Mr. Trump’s dis­rup­tive be­hav­ior. This is not a game of Rus­sian roulette at one of Mr. Trump’s casi­nos (pun in­tended). These ac­tions dam­age the health and wel­fare of Arkansans. I would like to have an ex­pla­na­tion. Per­haps it is time to find rep­re­sen­ta­tives who will stand up for Arkansas. KEN LEONARD Ben­tonville

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