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Trump Dismisses Farmers' Concerns Over Trade War as His Agriculture Secretary Insults Them
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=15321"><span class="small">Josh Israel, ThinkProgress</span></a>   
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 13:31

Israel writes: "President Donald Trump's unilateral decision to pursue trade wars with China has increased America's trade deficit and harmed American farmers who rely on exports to earn a living."

Sonny Perdue. (photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
Sonny Perdue. (photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Trump Dismisses Farmers' Concerns Over Trade War as His Agriculture Secretary Insults Them

By Josh Israel, ThinkProgress

13 August 19

Sonny Perdue reportedly got booed for insulting farmers to their faces.

resident Donald Trump’s unilateral decision to pursue trade wars with China has increased America’s trade deficit and harmed American farmers who rely on exports to earn a living.

As the president continued to lie this week about how his policies have hurt those farmers, his cabinet secretary responsible for overseeing farming came under fire for calling them a bunch of whiners.

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, who previously admitted that U.S. growers were paying the price for the administration’s trade policies and were “one of the casualties there of the trade disruption,” insulted them last week at a Farmfest event in Minnesota.

“I had a farmer tell me this in Pennsylvania,” Perdue told the audience at a listening session hosted by House Agriculture Committee Chair Collin Peterson (D-MN). “He said ‘What do you call two farmers in a basement?’ I said ‘I don’t know, what do you call them?’ He said ‘A whine cellar.'”

That attempt at humor was reportedly met with some laughter but also booing.

Despite the dire effects of his ongoing trade war, Trump has touted his repeated tariff threats against countries like China as beneficial to the country.

“Farmers getting more than China would be spending. Fake News won’t report!” he tweeted on Tuesday, ignoring all of the evidence to the contrary.

Trump also retweeted a tweet from his official campaign account on Monday morning, suggesting that even though farmers were hurting, they were still behind Trump.

“No battle is over in a minute. If it is, it wasn’t worth fighting,” one farmer said, in a video attached to the tweet.

“We’re in a hole right now, but I think — if they go as they are — will get evened out,” another farmer said.

The Trump administration on Tuesday narrowed its list of tariffs on some Chinese imports which were set to go into effect on September 1, delaying levies on certain consumer technologies like cell phones, laptop computers, video game consoles, and computer monitors until December 15, “based on health, safety, national security and other factors.”

It is unclear whether this will help farmers in any way.

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+6 # DongiC 2019-08-14 02:44
A lot of farmers voted for Trump in 2016. Now they are paying---for their stupidity. They helped plant this crop (Trump as President) which they must harvest with sadness over their sacrifice of themselves for the national good. Next time, farmers of America, use a little more intelligence in your voting patterns. Otherwise, you may not be in business much longer.
+9 # Citizen Mike 2019-08-14 08:08
He is driving away one of his formerly supportive voter blocs, the agricultural sector owners and workers. Almost as if he wants to lose the next election so he can step down from a job that turned out to be too hard to do or to fake, without admitting it was too hard. Pretending to be president when he really does not know what he is doing is obviously killing him,just look at his face and body language, he is lost in the middle of desperate confusion.
+12 # Texas Aggie 2019-08-14 09:15
The last news from China was that they were not importing any agricultural products from the US, tariffs or not.

Agriculture is one of the few industries in the US that has a positive balance of trade, and this fumduck is doing everything he can to mess that up. While some farmers are getting wise, too many are like the ones being advertised who will support Phat Boy all the way into bankruptcy. It doesn't do any good if things even out if in the meantime you've gone out of business and had to sell the farm.
+7 # Texas Aggie 2019-08-14 09:33
And that Perdue prioritizes Phat Boy's program over farmers is no surprise. It is one of the requirements for being in Phat Boy's cabinet.
+3 # John Cosmo 2019-08-14 12:45
In this instance Trump reminds me of Bill Clinton and the similar manner in which Clinton dismissed the concerns of manufacturing workers when he entered the U.S. into dubious trade deals.
+3 # laborequalswealth 2019-08-14 13:10
Wait until after the tariffs end and the farmers figure out that China has found new, more dependable suppliers and has no intention of risking national famine based on the whims of America's child-President .
0 # chapdrum 2019-08-14 18:50
People like D'ump and Perdue do not belong in the U.S.A.