Governor Nixon Postpones Asia Trip
JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Jay Nixon's office announced early Friday evening that the scheduled trade mission to Taiwan and South Korea has been postponed due to "travel challenges." This week, Nixon planned to head over to the two Asian countries in order to strike trade deals worth hundreds of millions of US dollars. First Lady Georganne Nixon would be accompanying him along with State Director of Agriculture Jon Hagler, business trade leaders, and an unspecified number of trade and other agriculture commodity group officials.
A spokesperson for Nixon said that the entire trip would be funded by a private business organization called the Hawthorne Foundation. However, he would not specify what sort of travel challenges caused the postponement. Nixon's office has not confirmed as to whether or not a later date has been decided to carry on with the trip.
Elizabeth Baxter of the Hawthorne Foundation said she was not aware that the trip has been postponed, and was not aware of how much it would have cost to fund the trip. Baxter said that the foundation is only responsible for only funding both the Governor and the First Lady's travel expenses. She also said that the only travel request she was aware of receiving was for the foundation to fund the entire trip.
Nixon's office confirmed that Nixon intended to sign a $600 million dollar deal with Taiwan during his week-long trip originally scheduled to start on Dec. 10.