Gwen Graham, invoking orange juice, ties Adam Putnam to Donald Trump

Gwen Graham
Gwen Graham
Published July 7, 2017

The European Union is talking about banning U.S. orange juice imports if Donald Trump imposes tariffs on steel imports, and Democratic gubernatorial candidate jumped on the opportunity to tie Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam to Trump.

"Orange juice is a lifeblood of our state. It is absolutely vital to Florida's agriculture industry and our state's economy. Adam Putnam needs to put Florida first, pick up the phone, call his friend Donald Trump and defend our state's jobs," Graham, who served on the House Agriculture Committee in Congress, said in a statement. "Florida agriculture is a $100 billion industry that supports more than 2 million jobs. It's unconscionable for our state's agriculture commissioner to stay silent and play politics with people's lives instead of calling out the president."

Graham added, "The United States must protect steelworkers and laborers across the country from Chinese dumping and unfair trade abuses — but the president's plan hurts our allies more than China. He needs to go back to the negotiating table and work with — not against — our partners to create American jobs."

Putnam campaign spokeswoman Amanda Bevis: "If you can't grow it, you can't export it. Even a half day pretending to work in citrus would teach Gwen Graham that the number one issue in Florida citrus is greening, not the EU."