The United States is making too many concessions to its trading partners in the global trade arena, one presidential hopeful told a Rural Town Hall audience in Nashville.
“We’re giving away too much,” U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said regarding fair trade. “People cheat us out of our market share, but they won’t outwork us. If they outwork us, we’ve got nobody to blame but ourselves.”
Graham was the third presidential candidate to participate in RFD-TV News’ Rural Town Hall series, a one-hour forum taped in front of a live audience in a town hall-style format. Preselected questions are solicited from key agricultural organizations, publications and viewers. Audience members included constituents from agricultural nonprofits and organizations.
The longtime senator’s fair trade comments were part of his response to a question concerning how he would manage countries and leaders who erect trade obstacles, in reference to ongoing negotiations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
“… If they close their markets and we open ours, that’s not trade, that’s just being a chump,” Graham said of global trade in general.