Donald Trump unveils $ 19 billion in new support for farmers and says he plans to ban livestock imports
Donald Trump unveils $ 19 billion in new aid for farmers after coronavirus and says he plans to ban livestock imports to keep prices high
- Trump announced $ 16 billion in direct aid to farmers and $ 3 billion in food purchases
- Plan to divide boxes among ‘food deserts’
- Trump raised the issue of lowering new tariffs on livestock imports and a ban
- “I’m saying why are we bringing in cattle?”
- Event comes amid supply chain issues, meat processing plants due to virus and food shortages
- Says the US shouldn’t take livestock “unless a country has really been with us”
- Here’s how you can help people affected by Covid-19
President Donald Trump called for a ban on the import of livestock from all countries that have not ‘really been with us’ at an event at the White House Tuesday, where he announced a new multi-billion dollar program for American farmers.
Trump issued a cattle ban and raised new rates at an event to announce $ 19 billion in aid to farmers to put money in their pockets amid the coronavirus outbreak that has closed restaurants and disrupted food supplies.
“Why do we get livestock from other countries when we have so much ourselves?” Trump asked at the event, which was attended by farmers, agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue and first daughter Ivanka Trump.
“It’s a very small number, but livestock is still coming in,” Trump explained when asked what he proposes. “We have huge amounts of supplies, livestock and you know everything, but in general huge supplies. Our farmers have done a fantastic job. And now distribution is made much better than ever. It will be better than hit, ‘said Trump.
Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, watches as Trump adjusts his suit at an event about the food supply chain during the coronavirus pandemic, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tuesday, May 19, 2020 in Washington. The president announced a $ 19 billion plan to boost farmers
“I say why we bring in cattle – old trade agreements that were made long ago. Why do we bring that to livestock from other countries when we have so much ourselves? ‘ he asked.
The United States imported 530,000 head of livestock this year Beef Market Central, with Mexico and Canada as the main sources. Trade with both countries is governed by the trade agreement between the USMCA and the negotiation of Trump’s advisors.
Speaking to Perdue, Trump said, “In some cases, I thought your answer was very good. They were great allies. They have been working with us for many years. Sometimes we needed the cattle. Sometimes we don’t do that. ‘
Trump announced $ 16 billion in direct aid to farmers and $ 3 billion in food purchases
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue adjusts his mask for an event at the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tuesday, May 19, 2020 in Washington
Then he added, “Generally I would say, unless this is a land that has really been with us, we shouldn’t take their livestock with them, okay. And that’s how we deal with it. ‘
Trump’s negotiators failed to secure the designation of origin for Canadian and Mexican beef during trade deal talks.
Trump announced through the Agriculture Department a program to use $ 16 billion in direct aid to farmers and $ 3 billion in food purchases for a Food Box Distribution Program.
Farmers with a 5 percent loss can receive direct payments under the program of up to $ 250,000 per person, Bloomberg News reported. Trump already sent billions to farmers during the trade war with China.
The program helps dairy farmers, fruit and vegetable growers and livestock farmers.
The effort comes amid a huge leap in US unemployment – as well as major challenges for farmers. Amid closures of meat processing plants associated with the coronavirus, there have been reports of farmers euthanizing livestock and pigs, while dairy farmers have thrown away milk production due to distribution problems.
School and restaurant closings have affected demand.
Last week Purdue and Ivanka Trump toured a facility that packs food boxes for needy families.