Sen. Doug Jones made a stop in AL and shares thoughts on economy

Sen. Doug Jones made a stop in AL and shares thoughts on economy
Updated: Aug. 19, 2018 at 7:28 PM EDT
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AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Traveling across the state, U.S. Senator Doug Jones made a recent stop to support democrat Brian McGee, who's running for House District 38.

In his first visit back to East Alabama since winning December's special election, Jones asked his constituents to share their major concerns.

News Leader 9 asked Jones for his opinion on several topics that could potentially affect Alabama residents.

Jones shared some of the thoughts on President Trump's proposed Space Force, and the chances Huntsville would house the new branch.

"I think it needs to be studied, I think it needs to be looked at," Jones said, later making a point that he was not criticizing Mr. Trump's intent in exploring the frontier of space.

"It just didn't seem like President Trump had personally given it much thought, and it's just kind of like, 'Hey, it's a good idea. Let's give it a whirl,'" Jones said. "It's a lot more significant and long-term than that."

Jones, however, remained much more critical of the White House's ongoing trade battles with China and the European Union.

"After we got hurt so bad with NAFTA, we've adapted - we're really an exporting state," Jones said. "So, any trade war that is going to change that up, is going to have the potential.

As the details of President Trump's $12 billion plan to aid farmers is ironed out, Jones said he would prefer the White House adopt a measured approach to negotiating tariffs.

"It's ending up being a game of chicken or poker...I'm going to 'call' this tariff and I'm going to 'raise' you 50 billion dollars more. It's just not a good way to do it."

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