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Ohio U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says he’s concerned about the escalating trade dispute with Canada. And the Republican says he disagrees with the Trump administration’s reasoning for higher tariffs on Canadian goods. 

Portman, who served as U.S. trade representative in the Bush administration, says he’s concerned that the Trump tariffs on Canadian steel and other products will boomerang, ultimately hurting U.S. workers and getting in the way of a better North American Free Trade Agreement. He also rejects the administration’s rationale for imposing the tariffs.

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Next week is Canada Week in Kentucky

The International Trade Administration (ITA) reports Ohio merchandise exports increased 3.9 percent from 2012 to 2013.

The organizations says exports grew to a record high $50.5 billion.

“Big export sales means more revenue which translate into economic growth and jobs for the Ohio,” said Marcia Brandstadt, Director of the U.S. Commercial Service in Cincinnati. “There is a great potential for more exporting—particularly among smaller businesses that have yet to sell abroad."

In a news release the ITA says: