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Iowa Gov. Reynolds to travel to Washington D.C. to meet with President Donald Trump to discuss agriculture, trade

Gov. Kim Reynolds is interviewed following an event to promote the Future Ready Iowa Act, which was recently passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Reynolds at the Hy-Vee Market Grille in Coralville on Thursday, April 5, 2018. Reynolds touted the state's recent mental health and suicide prevention legislation and took questions from the public on issues ranging from gun control to whether she would send national guard troops to the southern boarder of the U.S. if they were reqeusted. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Gov. Kim Reynolds is interviewed following an event to promote the Future Ready Iowa Act, which was recently passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Reynolds at the Hy-Vee Market Grille in Coralville on Thursday, April 5, 2018. Reynolds touted the state's recent mental health and suicide prevention legislation and took questions from the public on issues ranging from gun control to whether she would send national guard troops to the southern boarder of the U.S. if they were reqeusted. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is diverting from her previously planned schedule to join a retinue of other governors and congressional leaders to meet with President Donald Trump in Washington Thursday.

According to a media release from the governor’s office, Gov. Reynolds had originally been slated to attend a ribbon cutting in Muscatine on Thursday, and now Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg will attend in her stead. The meeting will be focused on “issues impacting the agricultural community, including trade,” according to the release, and will take place at 10 a.m. at the White House.

Likely on the docket will be the recent anxiety created by a brewing trade war with China, which has had cascading effects on the agriculture industry. Iowa’s Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley, as well as Reynolds, have all expressed concern about the long term ramifications if this trade war continues.

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