Farmers have mixed reactions to Trump's farm aid

Oscar PerryJul 25, 2018

Speaking on behalf of a plastics industry trade association, Richard Braillie urged the administration not to push ahead with tariffs that targeted fluoropolymers, of which Teflon is an example, saying the new tariffs would cause "severe and irreparable damage to the U.S. fluoropolymer industry".

Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson said the unexpected move to manipulate trade through targeted subsidies 'is becoming more and more like a Soviet-type of economy'.

Details of the plan were not clear.The administration's proposal will rely on commodity support programs as well as the Agriculture Department's authority to stabilize farmers during times of turmoil, according to Politico.

The USDA said retaliatory tariffs were disproportionately targeted directly at US farmers, impacting sales of soybeans, sorghum, milk, pork, fruit and nuts.

Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse, a frequent Trump critic, said the president's "trade war" is 'cutting the legs out from under farmers and the White House's "plan" is to spend $12 billion on gold crutches'.

Still, Heady said, the group wants to see a resolution to the ongoing trade disputes. "In the near term is there some relief we can look at?"

A quarter said the tariffs will protect American jobs and help the economy. But conservative critics of the White House's approach said on Tuesday that Trump's move to offer rescue funds to farmers suggests the standoff with other countries won't end soon.

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Sasse, a Republican, represents thousands of farmers in the Cornhusker State, and said that his constituents "don't want to be paid to lose" but "want to win by feeding the world". "I applaud the Administration for taking this needed action, and I am confident that President Trump, Secretary Perdue, and Ambassador Branstad are all working diligently to open China's markets to greater trade in Iowa's agricultural products".

Earlier this month, 25 percent tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese imports of machinery and electronics went into effect, prompting Beijing to respond with tit-for-tat tariffs on American exports of soybeans and other products.

China, the European Union, Canada and Mexico have all been hit by USA levies on some of their imports, including steel and aluminum, and have retaliated by placing their own tariffs on US agricultural exports, targeting farm states that are politically important to the president. "It's as simple as that". Trade agreements with those countries have undermined the USA manufacturing base and led to a wave of job losses in recent decades, according to Trump.

The imposition of punishing tariffs on imported goods has been a favored tactic by Trump, but it has prompted USA partners to retaliate, creating risks for the economy.

Other US allies including Canada and Mexico have also hit back against the steel and aluminum tariffs. He has also threatened to slap tariffs on imported cars, trucks and auto parts, potentially targeting imports that a year ago totaled $335 billion.

Purdue was recently photographed wearing a hat reading "Make Our Farmers Great Again" a seeming play on Trump's slogan "Make America Great Again".

The US president is meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday.

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