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President Donald Trump praises USMCA during his rally in West Salem

Kaitlyn Riley

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Standing in front of a crowd of nearly 5,000 people at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem Tuesday, President Donald Trump addressed two timely issues for farmers: COVID-19 and trade.

Trump was confident in the nation’s ability to defeat the Coronavirus.

“We will crush the virus and make this country more successful than it has ever been,” Trump said. “When we win, you win. Wisconsin wins, and America wins.”

Taking credit for ending the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the president said he was proud to sign the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) that went into effect July 1.

“That is going to be a big deal. Wisconsin dairy farms were decimated under the Obama and Biden nightmare,” Trump said. “Canada took advantage of you. Not anymore.”

He claimed dairy exports to Canada are expected to surge by at least 100 percent, and the administration removed Canada’s 287 percent tariff.

Promoting other areas of economic growth, President Trump said since April, his administration created a record 11.4 million jobs. His goal is to turn America into a manufacturing superpower and end reliance on China.

The Trump Campaign said they encouraged those who attended the rally campaign to wear face masks. They also took temperatures of those who entered and distributed hand sanitizer at the event.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.