Trump administration announces $16B aid package for farmers hurt by trade war with China

Source: The Hill | May 23, 2019 | Jordan Fabian

The Trump administration on Thursday announced a new $16 billion aid package for farmers hurt by the trade war between the U.S. and China.

The assistance will provide direct payments to help farmers make up for losses resulting from retaliatory tariffs Beijing imposed on major U.S. crops. Limited access to China’s market has helped drive down the price of agricultural commodities since the collapse of trade talks earlier this month. 

Beijing increased tariffs on $60 billion in U.S. goods in response to Trump’s decision to raise tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese imports to 25 percent.

“President Trump has great affection for America’s farmers and ranchers, and he knows they are bearing the brunt of these trade disputes,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a statement. “In fact, I’ve never known of a president that has been more concerned or interested in farmer wellbeing and long-term profitability than President Trump.”

Trump is scheduled to meet with farmers and ranchers in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Thursday afternoon and roll out the new aid program. 

The program is similar to a $12 billion aid package Trump approved last year amid heightened trade tensions with China. 

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