Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, one of several Democrats considering a 2020 presidential bid, is on a trade mission to Mexico where he will push for the type of deals President Trump is targeting in his renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The governor's office in Richmond said McAuliffe, who was close to former President Bill Clinton when NAFTA was crafted, said he will meet with top trade and tourism officials including President Enrique Pena Nieto.
"With more than 90 percent of the world's consumers living outside the United States, international trade and marketing missions are key to our efforts to build the new Virginia economy," said McAuliffe.
"Our goal is to showcase Virginia's business-friendly environment and assets like our world-class ports and airports, skilled workforce and high quality of life. At the same time, this mission present sales opportunities for Virginia businesses and will serve as a recruitment effort for new investments in the Commonwealth. Through this mission, we will continue to enhance the mutually beneficial, bilateral trade and investment relationship we enjoy with Mexico," he added.
It is McAuliffe's 26 trade mission in less than four years, and his first to Mexico.
Virginia does a lot of trade with Mexico and McAuliffe is likely to promote NAFTA during his trip which ends Thursday.
From his office:
Between 2012 and 2016, Mexico-based businesses ranked 11th in terms of announced new jobs and 14th in announced capital investment in the Commonwealth. Mexico is one of Virginia's largest export destinations, ranked 3rd for overall exports of Virginia goods and services in 2015, and 6th in agriculture and forestry exports in 2016.
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