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Lobster fisher’s pro-Trump speech sets off political spat

PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine lobster fisher spoke in favour of President Donald Trump’s trade policies during the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, earning a rebuke from the state’s Democratic party, which faults Trump for hurting the industry.Swan Island lobster harvester Jason Joyce said

PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine lobster fisher spoke in favour of President Donald Trump’s trade policies during the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, earning a rebuke from the state’s Democratic party, which faults Trump for hurting the industry.

Swan Island lobster harvester Jason Joyce said he was skeptical of Trump in 2016 and didn’t support him then, but has since come around because of the president’s trade deals. He referenced last week’s announcement that the European Union agreed to drop its 8% tariff on U.S. lobsters for the next five years. The EU has also agreed to work to make the move permanent.

Joyce also said he approves of Trump’s June move to reopen the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, off the New England coast, to commercial fishing.

“As long as Trump is president, fishing families like mine will have a voice,” Joyce said.

Maine Democrats said before Joyce’s speech on Tuesday that Trump has done more to hurt the lobster fishery than aid it. Trump’s trade hostilities with…

The Canadian Press

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