China’s Proposed Tariffs Threaten U.S. Farmers, Trump says “We’ll Make It Up to Them”


President Trump on Monday acknowledged that U.S. farmers could be adversely affected by the escalating tariff dispute with China, but promised to make it up to them.

Speaking at a Cabinet meeting, Trump addressed the Chinese threat to slap tariffs on soybeans, corn and other agricultural staples produced in rural America.

Trump said, in part, “If during the course of the negotiation they want to hit the farmers because they think that hits me.  I wouldn’t say that’s nice, but I tell you our farmers are great patriots.”  “We’ll make it up to them.  In the end they’re going to be much stronger than they are right now.”

China has pledged to “counterattack with great strength” if Trump decides to follow through on his latest threat to impose tariffs on an additional $100 billion in Chinese goods.