Pence Heads To The Midwest For Tariff Damage Control

Molly Prince | Contributor

Vice President Mike Pence is traveling to the Midwest on Wednesday to rally the base for three upcoming House elections, while simultaneously holding private meetings with Republican donors who have been voicing concerns over recently imposed tariffs.

The White House announced Monday that Pence will fly to Kansas City, Cedar Rapids and Chicago to campaign with Republican Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder, Iowa Rep. Rod Blum and Illinois Rep. Peter Roskam, respectively.

Pence will be primarily promoting the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that President Donald Trump signed last November, reported KCTV. His first public event will be with America First Policies, an organization advocating for president’s policy agenda.

While on the road, he will meet one-on-one with large GOP donors who are concerned about the rising agriculture commodity prices and further potential for a global trade war brought about by a series of tariffs, according to Politico(RELATED: World’s Largest Business Organization Campaigns Against Trump Tariffs)

“Pence is a smart guy and one of our best messengers to reassure donors,” Pat Brady, a former chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, told Politico. “He’s the perfect person to reassure donors and activists.”

The trip out west comes directly following the White House’s announcement of a 25 percent tariff on Chinese goods estimated to be worth $34 billion. China promptly retaliated with equivalent trade penalties, which have already began to undermine the midwestern agriculture industries, including pork and soy production.

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