Congessman Steve King Pushes for a China Trade Deal, Visits Sioux City, 5:04

May 13, 2019

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China announced today that it will raise tariffs on $60 billion in U.S. goods in retaliation for the U.S. decision to hike duties on Chinese goods.  Iowa’s 4thdistrict congressman Steve King says he is disappointed that the US and China couldn’t reach a deal and understands the distress of farmers.  King says that’s why he is pushing hard for President Trump to approve the China trade deal.

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“I try to dial it down in public as much as I can, because I don’t want see the Chinese point and say ‘Well Steve King said this, that could theoretically weaken the president’s hand.”

King says he would also like to see the US-Mexico-Canada Trade deal finalized.

Congressman Steve King also visited the 185th Air Refueling Wing and new commander Colonel Mark Muckey (Muck-ee).  

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“It’s an opportunity to give him an update on the things we have going on.  What we are supporting  around the globe and give him an update and a strategic thought on where the 185TH is headed in the future.”

Colonel Muckey took over for outgoing commander Colonel Larry Christenson at a “change of command” ceremony in March.

The 185th recently returned from a medical mission providing free care to people in Puerto Rico.  Currently, a civil engineering team is working on a new school for the U.S. territory.  Plus, the refueling wing is constantly flying missions to the Middle East.