White House Admits Tariffs Are Hurting Farmers As It Plans Relief Program

Trump Tapping $12B to Help Farmers Affected by Tariffs

This year's showcase comes during a contentious period in United States trade relations, after the Trump administration targeted China and some U.S. allies with steep tariffs on a variety of goods.

The White House has searched for months for a way to provide emergency assistance to farmers without backing down on Trump's trade agenda, and the new program will extend roughly $12 billion through three different mechanisms run by the Department of Agrigulture.

Trump is set to visit Kansas City, Missouri, on Tuesday and will travel to IL and Iowa later in the week - all states that are beginning to see the impact of USA and retaliatory tariffs.

The funds will come through direct assistance, a food purchase and distribution program, and a trade promotion program.

The aid package is expected to target soybean farmers, dairy farmers, and pork producers, among others.

But the plan magnified objections among many Republicans that the tariffs amount to taxes on American consumers.

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., said the plan would spend billions on "gold crutches".

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The $12 billion in funding will arrive through direct assistance, a food purchase and distribution program, and a trade promotion program, all paid for by US taxpayers. "They send them in and take advantage of us", Trump said.

"America's farmers don't want to be paid to lose - they want to win by feeding the world", he said.

"Tariffs are the greatest!" the president wrote on Twitter.

In two tweets Trump contradicts his own administration's stated national security justification for steel and aluminum tariffs, saying tariffs are imposed on countries who don't negotiate fair deals with the U.S.

Trump has threatened to place tariffs on up to $500 billion in products imported from China, a move that would dramatically ratchet up the stakes in the trade dispute involving the globe's biggest economies.

Trump's message comes ahead of his meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.

The US and European allies have been at odds over the president's tariffs on steel imports and are meeting as the trade dispute threatens to spread to automobile production.

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