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Trump Says Farmers Are ‘Patriots’ in Battle Over Chinese Tariffs

(Chris Clayton – DTN/The Progressive Farmer)

Calling farmers “great patriots,” President Donald Trump acknowledged Monday that American farmers could suffer in the trade dispute with China. But the president said farmers would end up doing better than they are now once the trade barbs have ended.

Speaking before a Cabinet meeting at the White House, Trump lashed out at previous administrations, blaming them for forcing his White House to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and go head-to-head with China over theft of international property. Trump also criticized China for choosing to impose tariffs on U.S. farm products.

“They want to hit the farmers because they think it hits me; I wouldn’t say that’s nice, but I’ll tell you our farmers are great patriots,” Trump said. “These are great patriots and they understand that they’re doing this for the country. And we’ll make it up to them, and in the end they’re going to be much stronger than they are now.” Click here to read more.