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Pompeo Takes Heat From Iowa Farmers

(Conor Finnegan – ABC News)

Amid the steady parade of Democratic presidential contenders streaming through Iowa – the country’s first battleground in the presidential election – there was another, more unusual visitor there on Monday: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The top U.S. diplomat took a day-and-a-half trip to Iowa to rally support from U.S. farmers for President Donald Trump’s trade wars, as farmers have been hit hard by tariffs from China, Mexico, and elsewhere that have restricted their sales and slumped profits.

While he was there to talk trade and encourage Midwesterners to join the State Department, he said, the trip faced criticism for its seemingly political nature amid the early politicking of the 2020 presidential race – something Pompeo fiercely disputed. Click here to read more.