WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Friday President Donald Trump had asked him to produce a conception to enhance American farmers amid a alternate dispute with China that has hit the U.S. agricultural sector tense.
“Whereas China can also fair lumber into reverse, @POTUS is steadfast in his improve for U.S. farmers and directed @USDA to work on a conception mercurial,” Perdue wrote in a submit on Twitter.
Requested about the tweet, a USDA spokeswoman said the division had nothing extra.
Farmers dangle largely supported Trump but dangle been amongst the worst hit by the persevering with alternate dispute with China. Farm debt has spiked to its perfect level in a protracted time and credit score instances within the rural economy dangle worsened.
Since final 365 days, the U.S. Division of Agriculture rolled out up to $12 billion to support offset farmers’ agricultural losses as a result of tensions with China. Perdue said final month the Trump administration did no longer dangle plans to assemble farmers with extra abet.
The US has positioned 25% tariffs on about $250 billion value of Chinese language imports and is readying plans to identify duties on an extra $325 billion value of Chinese language merchandise.
China has retaliated by imposing its dangle tariffs on U.S. agricultural merchandise, including soybeans, grain sorghum and pork, and has threatened to purchase extra measures.
Negotiators from Washington and Beijing are meeting on Friday for the most up-to-date spherical of alternate talks but Trump said on Friday morning there used to be “no mosey” to attain a deal.
Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Writing by Makini Brice; Editing by Tim Ahmann and Invoice Trott