‘We Lost Everything’: Angry Farmer Rips ‘Callous’ Trump Over ‘Insulting’ Comments That ‘We’re Winning’
A Minnesota farmer on Sunday tore into President Donald Trump over his claim that farmers are “winning” and that they are “great patriots” who want him to continue his trade war with China.
“This wound is self-inflicted, by our president,” Gary Wertish, president of the Minnesota Farm Bureau, told CNN. “We definitely agreed with it in the beginning. But it doesn’t appear that there’s a plan B. Some of the callous comments come, especially from the president, you know, that farmers are ‘winning,’ we’re ‘great patriots,’ that’s very insulting.”
He added: “That’s coming from someone who never has faced the challenges of a family farmer. I go into the bank and tell the lender I can’t make the payment because we lost our market? The banker is going to tell me you don’t have to make your payment because you’re a patriot.”
And he’s not alone. Fellow farmer Cindy VanDerPol admitted that she sometimes can’t sleep at night because she’s worried.
“You know, what do you tell your children who want to farm?” she asked.
AGF Investment chief policy strategist Greg Valliere said that the uncertainty surrounding the economy is killing markets.
“That farmer we just heard from, or people who run businesses who need components of China face a lot of uncertainty — it looks like it’s not going to go away any time soon,” he said.
Valliere explained that Trump doesn’t have a lot left that he can do, in large part because the election is in 2020 and the GOP is going to be too busy trying to bail themselves out to fix’s Trump’s trade war.
Former IMF chief economist Ken Rogoff agreed, saying that Trump’s trade war is impacting more than just farmers.
“Businesses aren’t investing here at home either,” he explained. “It’s toxic for the global economy. There may be some long-run gain with dealing with China, but it could come home to roost in the United States.”
Not surprisingly, Trump thinks that he’s the true victim, said CNN host Ana Cabrara citing a Washington Post report that quoted a Republican source close to the administration.
“He’s rattled… he thinks that all the people that do this economic forecasting are a bunch of establishment weenies – elites who don’t know anything about the real economy and they’re against Trump,” the source said.
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