AUGUSTA- On August 16, 2016 the Trump Campaign Announced its national 64-member Agricultural Advisory Committee. The views of New England’s largest agricultural state will be included with the selection of Walt Whitcomb, Maine’s Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (ACF). A dairy farmer by trade, Commissioner Whitcomb serves in the administration of Governor Paul R. LePage.
Whitcomb’s selection is notable, since the Advisory Committee includes six U.S. Governors and agricultural leaders from several large agricultural states. The inclusion of Maine’s ACF Commissioner ensures that the voice of the small family farmer will also be heard.
“Maine has the largest number of farms in New England and that number has been increasing while the number of farms nationally have been in decline,” said Whitcomb. “I am honored to be able to bring the voice of the small family farmer to the table that can feed America and the world. Americans are hungry for new leadership that will fix a broken system and restore prosperity for everyone. Maine has benefited from a leader (Governor Paul R. LePage) who is not a politician, speaks his mind, continually challenges the status quo and is unafraid to say that we can and should be doing better. I see a lot of these same qualities in Donald Trump and will gladly help shape agricultural policies that produce results, put people to work and put healthy food on the table.”
Maine Republican Party Chairman Richard Bennett offered his congratulations to Commissioner Whitcomb on his on the selection, “In choosing Mr. Whitcomb to be on his Agricultural Advisory Committee, Mr. Trump is displaying that he understands and values Maine’s rich agricultural history and its importance to our state and national economy. Mr. Whitcomb is an individual who not only possesses a wealth of agricultural knowledge through extensive personal experience but also vast political experience from his time serving as Assistant Minority Leader and Minority Leader in The Maine House of Representatives. I believe Mr. Whitcomb is an excellent selection for Mr. Trump’s Agricultural Committee, and Maine is fortunate to have his agricultural expertise.”
Chairman Richard Bennett issued the following statement on immigration reform today August 16th, 2016:
The United States of America has always been a beacon of hope and a safe harbor for the downtrodden and those who suffer under tyranny. Sadly, we are increasingly seeing this promise dashed by Washington politicians and their inability to fix a broken immigration system. The Obama-Clinton Administration has failed to fix this broken system, choosing to act illegally and refusing to enforce the laws already in place.
Immigration, a key element of our country that once made us so strong, has become a matter of national security. With the recently released information about Adnan Fazeli, a refugee who lived in Freeport and was killed fighting for extreme Islam in Lebanon, this conversation of national security has hit home for many Mainers.
We have to ask: what more will it take for President Obama and Secretary Clinton Administration to recognize that their misguided and illegal policies are failing Americans?
And we need to address not only how Washington’s sclerosis on this issue is failing Americans, but also how the Obama-Clinton leadership is failing the thousands of legal immigrants and well-meaning refugees who come across our borders every day.
How we move forward from stories like Adnan Fazeli’s is how we define ourselves as Americans and how we ensure the United States remains a beacon of hope, rather than a field in which extremists can sow terror.