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Arkansas Gov. Sanders heads to Europe for first overseas trade mission since assuming office

Republican Arkansas Gov. Sarah Sanders is set to visit Europe on her first international trade mission since taking office in January.Sanders is set to meet with aerospace industry leaders at the Paris Air Show, as well as with other American, British, French and German business executives elsewhere.‘It’s time for the whole world to learn what Arkansans already know: there’s never been a better time to invest in the Natural State and call it home,’ a statement by Sanders said.

Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders is heading to Europe on her first overseas trade mission since taking office this year.

Sanders, a Republican, said she planned to meet with aerospace industry leaders at the Paris Air Show during the trip. She also planned to meet with American, British, French and German business executives to make the case for investing in Arkansas, Sanders said in a statement released Wednesday.

Sanders said Commerce Secretary Hugh McDonald and Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Clint O’Neal will also go on the trade mission.

The governor’s office said they planned to meet with executives from several companies, including Lockheed Martin, Aerojet Rocketdyne and Raytheon. Sanders’ mission will also include meetings in Cologne, Germany, her office said.

Aerospace and defense is a major part of Arkansas’ economy and makes up about 20% of the state’s exports, according to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette first reported details of Sanders’ trip on Wednesday. Her office said the state won’t have a breakdown of the cost of the trip until after the governor returns.

‘It’s time for the whole world to learn what Arkansans already know: there’s never been a better time to invest in the Natural State and call it home,’ Sanders said in a statement.

Sanders, who served as former President Donald Trump’s press secretary, was inaugurated in January as governor.

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