”We do so much for them, it’s incredible,” Trump said of Morocco and India.
US President Donald Trump told the 100th Annual Convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation on January 14 that three countries have opened their markets to new US exports.
“India and Morocco have opened their markets to our poultry exports. We do so much for them, it’s incredible,” Trump said. “Japan opened its market to US exports of potatoes from Idaho and lamb from the great State of Texas,” he added.
“[Argentina] needed something. I said, ‘You have to open it up to pork,’ and they said, ‘Okay.’ I said, ‘Why didn’t you do it before?’ They said, ‘Nobody ever asked us.’ A lot of it is that. You would be amazed. Nobody ever asked us,” the US president narrated.
The poultry agreement reverses Morocco’s previous ban on US poultry for “food safety concerns,” although the two countries have a Free Trade Agreement. The Morocco-US Free Trade Agreement (USMFTA), which applied to agriculture and related products, came into force in January 2006.
In December, the US Department of Agriculture and the Office of the US TradeRepresentative said Morocco was open to US beef exports for the first time.
Last week, Moroccan High Commissioner for Planning (HCP) Ahmed Lahlimi Alami advised Moroccans to consume more domestic products, expecting economic stagnation in 2019. Lahlimi invited Morocco to find inspiration in Donald Trump’s economic policies and “patriotism.”