Miami, FL — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today released a statement in response to increasingly provocative comments from Mexican officials regarding the ongoing antidumping investigation on fresh tomatoes from Mexico.
“The message I have always conveyed to Secretary Ross is that American tomato growers shouldn’t have to lose their livelihoods because of a bad deal imposed upon them by their own government, and that’s exactly what was happening under the previous suspension agreement,” Rubio said. “The fact remains that the Mexicans have avoided serious negotiations for well over a year, preferring to use scare tactics and inflammatory rhetoric to try to force President Trump and Secretary Ross to back down on their commitment to ensure that American tomato growers are able to fairly compete in our own domestic market.”
“If the Mexican growers remain unwilling to compromise to achieve a mutually-beneficial agreement, I look forward to the resolution of this issue in September when U.S. trade law enforcement mechanisms are finally able to reach a determinative conclusion on what I believe is clear and convincing evidence of produce dumping and injury,” Rubio continued.