Iowa Sen. Ernst says farmers could “turn quickly” against Trump

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, told reporters that farmers in her state could “turn quickly” against the president if President Trump’s trade war continues. Ernst spoke at a luncheon sponsored by Winning for Women, an organization dedicated to recruiting and promoting conservative women running for office.

“Trade is a big deal in Iowa and we export a lot of our agriculture commodities to other countries,” Ernst said, giving the example of pork producers in Iowa who typically export to China. The parts of the pig which Americans discard, such as the head and offals, used to be high-value export to China. But now that Chinese tariffs are preventing farmers from exporting pig products, pork prices are currently low. 

Ernst said that despite the…

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