Wary of Trump’s approach, governors seek to forge own trade agreements; Ducey supports the president’s views on trade

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Sunday sought to assure governors gathered in Washington for the National Governors Association winter meeting that the president supports international trade. /Alan Greenblatt

 

At the National Governors Association winter meeting in Washington this weekend, many governors said the president’s tariffs are hurting business in their states

By Alan Greenblatt | Governing

Governors don’t expect to become experts on foreign affairs, but focusing on international relations has become an increasingly prominent part of the job description.

As the Trump administration seeks to renegotiate trade deals with countries around the world, governors have been stepping up their own efforts to promote their states abroad, acting as salesmen and women for home-state companies and trying to bring in foreign investment.

Appearances by foreign leaders have become almost a standing feature of National Governors Association events. At the NGA’s winter meeting in Washington this weekend, governors met with provincial counterparts and trade officials from Canada, Mexico and Japan.

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