Trump calls Republicans 'weak' for not marching in lockstep on trade

Alicia Cross
July 26, 2018

Election politics may also be at play here.

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, (R-Wash), wrote several messages on Twitter Tuesday praising the strong economy and a "permanent repeal of the job-crushing medical device tax", but made no mention of Perdue's announced aid package for farmers. "There isn't anything about this that anybody should like", said South Dakota Senator John Thune, a senior GOP figure, while Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) raised the specter of the Soviet Union and its infamous central planning.

"Many U.S. products face market barriers overseas".

Schlosser said he had been "transitioning" his farm to his son, but the future doesn't look good for young farmers now, he said. That will cover fruits, nuts, rice, legumes, beef, pork and milk. That means farmers depend on access to foreign markets to make ends meet and provide for their families. China purchased $100 million of Washington cherries past year, Sandison said.

Republican leaders across the country have been raising alarm bells to the administration for months, anxious that antipathy towards the administration from base Republican voters would make an already precarious midterm election season more unsafe for Republicans.

"Today's announcement by President Trump is proof positive that his not fully thought-out policies are having a real economic impact on Iowans".

"I firmly believe we need to either create more markets or be able to work it out with China because we are going to produce way too many soybeans for the markets that we have", he said.

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The government's action points to administration concern about damage to U.S. farmers from Trump's trade tariffs and the potential for losing House and Senate seats in the Midwest and elsewhere. We must hold bad actors, such as China, responsible while not alienating our allies.

Trump had offered a similar sentiment Tuesday evening, when he suggested on Twitter the European Union and US drop all tariffs, barriers and subsidies - although he predicted that the bloc would not be ready for such a proposal.

President Donald Trump is calling China "vicious" on trade and says it is targeting USA farmers specifically because "they know I love & respect" them.

"The ultimate goal is to secure additional trading partners and trading opportunities for farmers and ranchers so they have a predictable environment going forward", said Joiner, whose group has been raising concerns about the administration's trade approach for months. At current prices, most farmers lose money on corn, dairy, soybeans and pigs.

While the United States claims the retaliation is "illegal", the Trump administration recognised that it is doing damage to American farmers. Brad Karmen, the USDA's assistant deputy administrator for farm programs, noted that the wheat harvest is already in, so wheat farmers could get payments sooner than other growers.

The question now is whether the agricultural aid will win over voters ahead of the mid-terms; it certainly hasn't pleased the high priests of free trade within the Republican Party.

Mark Jackson, who farms with his son and his brother on 2,000 acres in southeast Iowa near Oskaloosa was supportive of Mr. Trump's efforts to realign global trade to an improved balance for the U.S. He said he agrees with the broader goal of balancing trade especially with China.

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