When Trump spoke to the American Farm Bureau Federation's convention a year ago, he urged farmers to have his back.
I will go to Austin, Texas.
President Donald Trump sought on Sunday to assure American farmers and ranchers hit by a protracted tariff war with China that a trade agreement he signed with Beijing will lead to major purchases of US agricultural products. Mass purchases by USA of American agricultural products are crucial for the recovery of United States farmers who have been hit hard by the trade war with China. Of this, agricultural goods account for a large proportion of the new purchases.
In split-screen drama and with the vote scarcely concluded, House lawmakers who will serve as prosecutors in Trump's trial gathered in the well of the Senate bearing articles of impeachment which were later read aloud to the chamber - setting the historic proceedings in motion. "It's much bigger and much better than I ever thought we'd get", he said. I get impeached. But that's okay. The Phase 1 agreement will leave in place 25% tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese industrial goods and components used by USA manufacturers, and China's retaliatory tariffs on over $100 billion in US goods. Prices of commodities like soybeans, wheat and corn have remained relatively flat in the aftermath of the deal, suggesting traders don't see an imminent surge in purchases. Farmers have been treated unfairly for many years - and that runs FAST!
While the US administration completed its negotiations with Canada and Mexico more than a year ago, Democrats in the House insisted on changes that they said made it more likely Mexico would follow through on its commitments.
And Texas farmers say, that's largely true.
"My administration understands that if we want to stand up for America, we must stand up for American farmers", Trump said.
"To defend our farmers I authorized $28 billion", Trump said. "They didn't respect us".
The final installment of the aid is coming "very quickly", Trump added.
The USMCA is meant to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, negotiated in the 1990s by President George H.W. Bush, and pushed through Congress by President Bill Clinton.
The pact was signed by the leaders of the three countries in November 2018, but it was later changed after months of negotiations between the Trump Administration and House Democrats.
"USMCA makes important strides to break down trade barriers, opening the door to new opportunities and supporting the flow of high-quality American dairy products to two valuable export markets", said Tom Vilsack, President and CEO of USDEC.
"Water is the lifeblood of agriculture and we will always protect your water supply", Trump said.
This is the third year he's spoken at the conference. The farmers are sticking with trump.
With assistance from Mike Dorning. That's a reversal from September, when 45% disapproved of Trump's approach and just 43% approved.