At one point during his speech at the American Agricultural Office Federation convention, Trump cited new polls that showed strong support among farmers following the signing, last week, of a preliminary trade agreement with China.
When Trump spoke with the American Farm Bureau Federation last year, he urged farmers to continue supporting him, even when they suffered financially from the consequences of their trade war with China and a partial closure of the federal government.
His follow-up speech on Sunday at this year’s convention in Austin, Texas, gave the opportunity to present the case to farmers who fulfilled the promises he made as a candidate to improve trade with China and separately with Canada and Mexico.
He thanked the farmers for staying “in the fight.”
“You were always with me,” Trump said. “You never thought of giving up and we got it.”
The Republican president wants another term in office and seeks to prop up support among his base, including farmers.
Trump announced that he is taking steps to protect the water rights of farmers and ranchers by ordering the Army Corps of Engineers to immediately withdraw a new water supply rule and allow states to manage water resources based on their own needs and what the farming community wants.
“Water is the vital element of agriculture and we will always protect your water supply,” Trump said.
Trump signed a preliminary trade agreement with China at the White House last Wednesday that promises Beijing to increase its imports of US manufacturing, energy and agricultural products by $ 200 billion this year and next. That includes larger purchases of soy and other agricultural products that are expected to reach $ 40 billion a year, the US said. UU., Although critics wonder if China can meet the objectives.
In Austin, Trump described the trade agreement with China as “innovative” and said: “We are going to sell the best product you have ever seen.”
Also last week, the Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a successor to the North American Free Trade Agreement of 1994. The administration designed the new agreement to return part of the factory’s production to the United States, mainly cars.
Trump said in Austin that US farmers will also benefit from USMCA, which said it will “massively boost exports” for farmers, ranchers, producers from “North to South” and “from sea to bright sea.”
NAFTA had triggered an increase in trade between the three countries, but Trump and other critics blamed him for the loss of jobs in the United States when US factories moved production south of the border to take advantage of low-wage labor in Mexico.
The Chamber approved the agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada in December. Trump said he would sign it after returning from a trip to Europe this week.
In his comments to farmers, Trump said his administration is doing things that no other administration has done.
“And what do I get from that? They challenge me, ”he said. “That’s what I get. For these radical left-wing lunatics, they accuse me. But that’s fine. Farmers are staying with Trump.”
The president’s trial in the Senate starts on Tuesday.
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