As Trade War Expands, Armstrong’s Pro-Tariff Talk Means More Bad News for North Dakota

Administration announces tariffs on goods from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union, threatening North Dakota’s economy

(BISMARCK, ND) — With more news of an expanding trade war, more bad news comes for North Dakota’s economy. The Trump administration already announced tariffs on $50 billion on Chinese goods, which were quickly met with threats against American agriculture. Now the administration is going after our allies in Canada, Mexico, and the European Union with its next round of misguided and harmful changes to trade policy, which have also met with promises of retaliation.

And where is Kelly Armstrong in all of this? Siding with the administration, not North Dakota. He has had the chance to denounce these tariffs, but time and time again he’s spoken in favor of the administration’s trade policies.

“Kelly Armstrong wants to be the voice of North Dakota in Washington, but he has shown he won’t stand up to the administration even when North Dakota farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers need him to,” said Scott McNeil, Executive Director of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL. “It’s plain and simple: retaliatory tariffs would hurt North Dakota’s economy. But rather than stand up for North Dakotans, Kelly has been quickly agreeingwith the tariff policy when asked about it. North Dakota needs a strong, independent voice in the House of Representatives, and Kelly Armstrong will not be it.”