WASHINGTON – Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson told federal officials Monday that free trade has been good for his state and warned that new trade barriers could undermine its economy.
The Republican chief executive shared his concerns during a meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington.
“I don’t like the potential of a trade war,” Hutchinson said in an interview Monday evening. “I have confidence after my meeting today that, whenever all of the process is completed, we will be able to avoid that kind of tit-for-tat trade war and that Arkansas will be in a good position in terms of our leadership in global trade,” he said.