#2018WCA Video: Senator Ben Sasse on the Future for Global Trade

The republican senator for Nebraska explained that automation threatens jobs more than does global trade.


  • Benjamin Sasse, U.S. Senator (R-NE), Chairman, Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance
  • Introduced by Eric Farnsworth

"Right now, Americans think that what's happening with more trade is that consumers are winning but producers are losing...That is not what trade is doing. That is partially what automation is doing," said Ben Sasse. At the 48th Washington Conference on the Americas. Talking on the topic as an historian as well as a politician, he defended free trade agreements such as NAFTA, Sasse talked about the realities of China's dominance in world trade in future years, and demonstrated that anxieties on how technology will be changing the future of work are important to ackowledge.