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Donald Trump defends tariffs in key political area: Farm country

31 July 2018, 12:37 | Tara Lloyd

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They - and the myriad businesses dependent upon them - are concentrated in states such as Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and North Dakota, which have pivotal Senate or House races, or both, in 2018.

And even if the European Union starts buying more from USA farmers, China is the destination for two-thirds of the world's soy shipments. Rather, he may be prepared to wait as long as he feels it necessary to force other countries to adopt trade rules more favorable to the United States. Numerous mechanisms that are protecting farmers this season will weaken next year if prices remain low. President Trump visited Peosta, Iowa, just west of Dubuque on Thursday to tour a community college and host a panel on workforce development. Trump touted the growth in a speech Friday morning from the Rose Garden. "We don't have one trade deal that's good", Trump said.

But his trade wars have complicated his economic argument.

The vast majority of Republicans approve of President Trump's decision to give $12 billion in emergency aid to US farmers, according to a poll released Sunday, the Washington Examiner writes.More than three quarters of Republicans, at 78 percent, are in favor of farmers receiving the economic boost, while only 22 percent disapprove of the measure, per the CBS News 2018 Battleground Tracker survey.

Ross acknowledged that "there are some cases where people have been laid off".

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Subsides can be used by governments to offset tariff cuts.

Also, as the tariffs and retaliations intensify, currency dynamics and correlations are likely to change - likely in line with the volatility GBP experienced due to political instability and Brexit negotiations.

Stock prices and investment are two other key indicators of the impacts of tariffs. "The main reason is there was something else going on in their overall picture". Ross said, "Well, that's very hard to judge". "To the contrary, employment is booming".

Existing government farm support programs also guarantee minimum revenue for farmers if commodity prices fall below national or county averages. Not only is the European Union negotiating zero tariffs, but also it agreed to immediately buy more American soybeans - which helps Trump in his trade battle with China. Since then, Heck said the price of his soybeans has continued to drop.

After a reset in the strained alliance with the European Union last week, the U.S. signalled its new strategy to intensify the trade battle indefinitely. But there are major questions on the specificity and likelihood of that happening, and to what degree. Brown, who added that Beijing has "designs of US military equipment" and is closely monitoring USA military advances in the fields of artificial intelligence and quantum computing. "What we're seeing now is a direct hit to not only farmers, but to our rural communities and all of Missouri", Hurst said.

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But Trump's proposed farm subsidies follow a different logic. "So we're going to make a lot of progress", Mnuchin told reporters.

GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan said: "I just don't think the tariff route is the smart way to go".

On July 24, Trump announced a $12 billion aid package to farmers caught in the tariff tug of war.

But the fact that it also demands that China further open up its manufacturing and service industries to USA enterprises, while restricting Chinese enterprises' investment in the U.S., shows the core issues of the trade dispute are China's opening-up policy and technology competition between the two sides. "The continent's failure to integrate into global value chains is, in this regard, insulating it from potential problems", says John Ashbourne, Africa economist at Capital Economics.

Apart from taking a tough stance against China-which has forced Beijing to fight back-Washington has also stretched the trade dispute to geopolitical issues, including cross-Straits relations, the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue and the Iran nuclear deal, from which the USA withdrew on May 8.

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