In a development Politico has described as “a major turning point,” National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President Jay Timmons publicly opposed President Donald Trump’s nomination of Scott Garrett as president of the U.S. Export-Import Bank. In an op-ed published in The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, Timmons said confirming Garrett would be a terrible trade deal.
“His record of aggressively undermining the Ex-Im Bank is tantamount to a vicious trade war against American manufacturing workers,” Timmons wrote.
Timmons focused on Garrett’s previous opposition to the Ex-Im bank he has been nominated to lead. When he was a congressman from New Jersey, he twice voted against reauthorizing the agency, and urged Congress to keep the agency closed.
The op-ed is significant because NAM has been one of Trump’s most enthusiastic supporters.
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