Ted Pitts, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, expressed great dissatisfaction with Scott Garrett becoming a nominee to be president of Export-Import Bank.
“The Ex-Im Bank is crucial to the success and growth of South Carolina’s manufacturing industry and its workers and, for that reason, the Ex-Im Bank needs a leader who is focused on reforming it, not undermining it," Pitts wrote on the South Carolina Chamber's website. "With so many jobs in our state depending on an Ex-Im Bank that is open and operational, we urge Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott to oppose the nomination of Scott Garrett.”
Garrett, a former New Jersey representative, is President Donald Trump's lead choice for Export-Import Bank president. The White House has faced backlash due to the decision, but the administration released a statement to Politico, standing by Garrett.
“Scott Garrett is eminently qualified to lead the Ex-Im Bank,” White House spokeswoman Natalie Strom told Politico. “The president stands behind his nomination and is looking forward to his confirmation.”
Along with Pitts, National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons also spoke out against Garrett on behalf of manufacturers.