US will protect its farmers

WASHINGTON – US farmers will be protected by the Trump administration during rising trade tensions between the United States and China, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Monday.

“We’re not going to allow agricultural producers to bear the brunt of Chinese retaliation as we defend our own interests,” Mr Perdue said during a speech to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in Washington.

He declined to provide details on how that would be achieved.

“I don’t think the president’s going to lay all his cards on the table and neither am I. … It wouldn’t be very prudent to give away our playbook and let China know exactly what our plans are to mitigate what they threaten,” Mr Perdue said.

Later on Monday White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters at a regular briefing that the Trump administration would present such a plan shortly.

China has responded to an initial US list of proposed tariffs by targeting numerous goods, including agricultural staples like soybeans, the most valuable US agricultural export to China.

More Stories