USS Sioux City Sponsor, Ret. Navy Admiral in Siouxland to discuss trade war, opioid crisis

Retired Navy Admiral James Winnefeld and his wife Mary, who is the sponsor of the USS Sioux City, were in Sioux City Wednesday.

Retired Navy Admiral James Winnefeld, also known as Sandy, was the keynote speaker at the Siouxland Initiative Luncheon Wednesday.

He's the husband of USS Sioux City sponsor Mary Winnefeld and spoke about national security and foreign relations.

When asked about tarrifs, he said that no one wins in a trade war.

"We can certainly hope that the Chinese will become more dependent on the United States and maybe fold a little bit in this tariff war. I'm not convinced that that's gonna happen in the near future. There are a lot of other global producers. Brazil, of course, being one for soy beans and other products," said Admiral Winnefeld.

Winnefeld says he hopes President Trump can sit down with Xi (Shey) Jinping in November and come up with a solution.

Sandy and his wife, Mary also stopped by Bishop Heelan High School to give a talk about opioid addiction.

After losing their 19-year-old son, Jonathan, to a drug overdose last fall, the Winnefelds formed a non-profit organization called S.A.F.E. or "Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic" to raise awareness.

"It is now our mission through our non-profit S.A.F.E. project U.S. to educate and for people to really understand the world of substance use disorder and how that works in with mental health illness as well. Our son suffered from anxiety and depression so was self medicating," said Mary Winnefeld.

At the end of their presentation, Siouxland Initiative presented the Winnefeld's with a check for $7,500 dollars for their non-profit organization.

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