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  • South Dakota's GOP governor says Trump's trade has 'devastated' her state. State still loves Trump

    We are so partisanized and balkanized as a country that pretty much nothing will change people’s opinions about Putin’s puppet in the White House. Not even economic devastation will move the needle.  Witness South Dakota. “South Dakota has been devastated by the trade wars that are going on,” said Kristi Noem, the state’s Republican governor. “Farmers are used to risk, they’re used to prices going up and down and having that, but this sustained low commodity prices, frankly, is driving a lot of...

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  • GOP scrambles to ease blow from Trump’s trade war

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's allies on Capitol Hill are scrambling to soften the blow from his trade war with China amid mounting anxiety from farm-state lawmakers that the protracted battle and escalating tariffs could irreparably damage their local economies. Vice President Mike Pence met privately Tuesday with Senate

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  • GOP senators raise alarms, criticize Trump as U.S.-China trade war heats up

    They say tariffs are hurting their rural constituents, and they’re considering options to aid farmers.
  • ‘It has been insane’: Farmer tells Fox News that Trump’s trade war is literally driving Americans to suicide

    Patty Edelburg, the vice president of the National Farmers Union, appeared Thursday on Fox News to discuss President Donald Trump's ongoing trade war with China. "It has been insane," Edelburg said. "We've had a lot of farmers -- a lot more bankruptcies going on, a lot more farmer suicides." "We have more commodities, more grain sitting on the ground now because we lost huge export markets. We've lost export markets that we've had for 30

  • ‘Patience is wearing thin’: Vulnerable GOP senators are finally getting fed up with Trump’s trade war

    President Donald Trump's trade war shows no signs of ending anytime soon -- and now Republican senators from farm states are finally getting fed up, reports CNN's Dana Bash. While talking with CNN host Jim Sciutto on Tuesday, Bash said that Republicans have for months said they'd given the president "space" to conduct negotiations with China, but their tolerance for drawn-out negotiations that leave American farmers hurting is limited. "Patience is

  • Trump’s ‘ugly’ trade war with China is devastating the lives of Iowa farmers: ‘It could break a lot of people’

    Iowa farmers are bearing the brunt of the U.S. trade war with China as Donald Trump continues to threaten increased tariffs on Chinese imports. According to a report by the Des Moines Register, corn and soybean farmers are “[struggling] to feel optimistic” as the industry faces a series of daunting challenges, including retaliation from China over increased tariffs. The president on Friday took to Twitter to boast about the “very congenial” talks between the U.S.

  • Kansas GOP senator writes desperate letter to end Trump’s trade war: Farmers ‘on the verge of financial collapse’

    Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) this week sent a letter to United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue warning him about the dire situation faced by American farmers thanks to President Donald Trump's trade war with China. Although Moran expressed sympathy with Trump's need to hold China accountable, he said the financial stress his tariffs were placing on China have been too much to bear. "Kansas farmers and ranchers understand the need to hold China accountable