The Trump administration is prepping its initial $4.7 billion bailout to farmers hit by Donald Trump’s trade war with China. Around $3.6 billion of the money will go to soybean farmers, since China has been the top export destination for their product, but corn, cotton, dairy, hogs, sorghum, and wheat farmers are also eligible to apply for the assistance beginning on September 4.

Even from farmers, the reviews are mixed:

“Right now, farmers are hurting, and this aid will allow a momentary reprieve,” said [Minnesota Soybean Growers Association] President Michael Petefish. “Unfortunately, if this trade war continues much longer, this aid package will feel less like a Band-Aid, and more like a reminder of the trade relationships we lost and must rebuild.”

The Trump administration is bypassing Congress by paying for the aid with a Depression-era program, sparing vulnerable Republicans a tough vote before the November midterm elections. This initial $4.7 billion is planned as part of an overall $12 billion in aid to farmers, coming from the party that wants to cut food stamps for hungry families.

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Referring to what he called “ridiculous and unfair” tariffs on U.S. imports, Trump said, “It’s going to stop — or we’ll stop trading with them. And that’s a very profitable answer, if we have to do it.”

Regarding the elimination of tariffs, Trump confirmed that he had suggested totally free trade among the G7 during the summit, explaining that, “Ultimately, that’s what you want. You want a tariff free. You want no barriers. And you want no subsidies. Because you have some cases where countries are subsidizing industries and that’s not fair.”

“If they retaliate, they’re making a mistake,” Trump said on Saturday, meaning that he believes U.S. allies have more to lose than gain by entering into a trade war with the U.S.

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anthony bourdain west virginia

Anthony Bourdain was a staunch critic of Donald Trump.
Despite that he made an attempt to understand the people who voted for him.
Bourdain visited West Virginia in the last year specifically to meet Trump voters.
He later described the state as “breathtakingly beautiful” and stereotypes of its residents “cruel, ignorant, misguided, patronizing, and evil.”
The American chef died in France on Friday in an apparent suicide.

Anthony Bourdain openly criticised Donald Trump, but made a conscious effort to meet the president’s supporters.

The American chef, who died on Friday, travelled to West Virginia to film an episode for his CNN show recently in a “plea for understanding” of the state, which overwhelmingly voted for Trump in the 2016 presidential election.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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