Flake: Building ‘fortress America’ won’t help economic growth

06/15/2016 Cronkite News

flakeWASHINGTON – America cannot grow economically if it closes the borders to commerce and builds “fortress America,” Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, said Wednesday at a conference on U.S.-Mexico trade.

Flake, the keynote speaker at the Woodrow Wilson Center Mexico Institute’s “Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border” conference, said the strong trade partnership between the U.S. and its southern neighbor is key for economic growth – something he said the likely presidential nominees do not appear to understand.

“The top candidates, the top two on each side, have made statements that are hardly free-trade friendly,” Flake said, without naming either Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump.

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