'Man of action, not of words' may define new president

“A man of action, not of words,” was how CropLife America’s Rebeckah Adcock described Donald Trump during a mock debate held by staff members of the organization at the Southern Crop Production Association’s annual meeting in Amelia Island, Fla.

CropLife CEO Jay Vroom; Executive Vice President for Government Affairs and Public Relations Beau Greenwood and Adcock, senior director for government affairs, gave SCPA members an inside-the-Beltwide take on the 2016 presidential race,

Adcock, who served as counsel on the Republican staff of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee prior to joining CropLife America, played the role of candidate Donald Trump during the debate, while Greenwood, a former staff member for the late Democratic Sen. Howell Heflin of Alabama, stood in for Hillary Clinton.

“Donald Trump is a man of action,” said Adcock, who is serving on the agricultural advisory committee for the president-elect. “Words are not always his specialty, but actions and getting the work done and getting the right people on the ground are, and that is what he will commit to do and has done throughout his campaign.”

Adcock said Trump is much less concerned about the label, about the party the person is with. “He’s much more concerned about bringing America back to where he wants it to be and seeing businesses, including agriculture, succeed.

“If you want to talk about reputation and action vs. words, we’ve had a lot of beautiful words over the last eight years, and we’ve seen a lot of lovely talk out of the Clinton camp over the past few months,” she said.

“But when you want to talk about taking actions on things there was agreement on such as climate change, the Obama administration, which was supported by the Clinton team, took 33 million acres out of corn to plant trees to address climate change in its first four years.”

Adcock said those are the type of actions that Trump will not take. “He will be thoughtful about taking actions that make sense to address the problems that are facing this nation and are facing agriculture. He’s not going to decide that something is good enough for one camp when it’s leaving another whole segment of the American economy out of the picture.”

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