Trump Says US Should Consider Ending Trade Deals Under Which It Imports Cattle

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the United States should consider terminating trade deals under which it imports cattle as the federal government moves to help agricultural producers hard hit by the coronavirus outbreak.

“I read yesterday where we take some cattle in from other countries, we have trade deals. I think you should look at terminating those deals,” Trump said at a White House event on food aid. “We have a lot of cattle in this country.”

Mexico exports more than 1 million cows across the border each year that become part of the U.S. beef supply.

Trump made the comments at a White House event held to discuss how the $19 billion in coronavirus relief approved by Congress to help farmers will be distributed.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday it will begin on May 26 accepting applications from agricultural producers who have suffered losses.

“These payments will help keep farmers afloat while market demand returns as our nation reopens and recovers,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a statement

The $16 billion in direct payments to farmers and ranchers will include $9.6 billion for the livestock industry – with $5.1 billion for cattle, $2.9 billion for dairy and $1.6 billion for hogs.

Long lines have formed in recent weeks at various food banks around the country for needy Americans, with millions of people losing their jobs and incomes amid the public health crisis.

At the same time, farmers and ranchers have struggled to get their goods to market because of disruptions caused by the pandemic, forcing some to throw out food and call for government help.

(Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Will Dunham)

Responses

  1. Obsinian you have to take all these communist/fascist people? with a grain of salt. They know nothing about economics and what they want to do is have government run the supply and demand for food and every other thing we buy. They would like nothing better than to have a situation like Venezuela where people are starving and the government is in total control with a dictator at it’s head.

  2. The reason I love Trump is he says exactly what I have thought all along. This is another example. “I read yesterday where we take some cattle in from other countries, we have trade deals. I think you should look at terminating those deals,” Trump said at a White House event on food aid. “We have a lot of cattle in this country.”

  3. I find myself spending $4 for the cheapest ground beef, and I can’t find any steak for less than $8. Whatever problem American cattlemen are having, it doesn’t look like oversupply is driving down prices. This is another example of Trump making an angry blister that sounds patriotic to people who don’t think about what they’re hearing, which is usually why they support Trump in the first place.

  4. We should be using the livestock born,raised and slaughtered here and not importing Livestock from another country !

      1. If you’re saying Americans are demanding more beef than we’re supplying, then you are confused. Otherwise you’re for undercutting minority countries which contributes to modern-day poverty and slavery.

  5. If we actually did have enough cattle to meet our demand we wouldn’t be importing any. With imports closed prices will skyrocket. This will only benefit producers who will raise prices and will shaft consumers. Typical trumpuke economics.

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