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Huntsville mayor says Trump administration could impact local assets

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle discusses what President-elect Donald Trump's administration means for the city. (Source: WAFF) Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle discusses what President-elect Donald Trump's administration means for the city. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

President-elect Donald Trump plans to shake up global trade agreements on his first day in office, according to a memo sent to Trump's transition team and obtained by CNN.

The move will have an impact in north Alabama, but Huntsville leaders are not concerned because plans can change and, at this point, they don't know exactly what Trump will do with NAFTA and other trade agreements that are in place.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said his office is keeping close tabs on anything so the city can react to all of the moving parts, and for good reason. Huntsville has emerged as a contender in the southeast for advanced manufacturing projects. It's an area city leaders have pushed for in the last few years.

Battle pointed to Remington, Polaris and a few others that have moved here because of it. Those companies are also watching what's happening in Washington, D.C., and how it'll affect exports and imports.

“Tweaking those trade agreements may prove out to be good. A lot of it is a wait-and-see to see what will actually come out,” Battle said.

But Battle doesn't look to be waiting for long. He has a meeting with congressional leaders in Washington, D.C. in a few days to discuss missile defense, NASA and advanced manufacturing.

Battle said it boils down to protecting Huntsville's assets. That's why he's closely watching who Trump picks as his defense secretary and NASA administrator.

Battle said he's seeing an interesting trend as Trump builds his team. CNN is reporting that U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions is a front-runner for the defense secretary position.

“Some of the transition teams and some of the reports we're seeing a lot of people who know Huntsville are in those groups. I look for good things out of it. But it's our job to stay ahead of the game and stay ahead of the process as we move through it to make sure we protect what we have here in Huntsville,” Battle said.

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