RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – The President made do on his promise to help farmers in the RGV and across the country that are bearing the brunt of the trade war with China.
Today he announced a 16-billion-dollar plan to ease the pain of the escalating feud.
“It’s going to be a good time to be a farmer, we’re going to make sure of that!” Said President Trump.
With the end of a trade war with China nowhere in sight, President Trump is offering a second round of financial help to farmers who are caught in the middle.
“Our farmers will be greatly helped we want to get them back to the point that they would’ve had if they had a good year.”
The president unveiled a 16-billion-dollar package, 14.5 billion of that will go to buy up unsold crops and prop up prices.
“It’s going to be a big help, will it be enough, I think you have to get back to something very basic any sort of aid will be helpful” Said Senator Chuck Grassley.
Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley says the money should help ease the pain for the thousands of struggling soybean farmers, something he says will give President Trump more time to negotiate a better trade deal with Beijing.
“Farmers just like most Americans have had enough of China and they know that the president is on the right track to stop the cheating by China.”
But not everyone is applauding the announcement. The National Farmers Union, representing roughly 200,000 farmers and ranchers says the plan is “A short term fix to a long-term problem” that fails to bring adequate relief.
“It’s not enough our farmers are hurting significantly.” Says Senator Tammy Duckworth.
Illinois Democrat Senator Tammy Duck Worth calls the package a political ploy, “Stop using our farmers as political tool for your re-election campaign.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it will begin distributing aide to farmers in July.