CNN’s Brooke Baldwin had to keep asking soybean farmer Mark Jackson if he would still support President Donald Trump after his tariffs began to hit farmers with economic difficulties.
‘The hand has been dealt’
“Are you supportive of what the president’s doing?” Baldwin asked on her CNN show Wednesday. “And you know we talked a lot, I talked to a pork farmer last week about, you know, this whole $15 billion bailout for a lot of farmers who needed it.
“Are you in support of the president and do you have any concerns that he’s fighting this on multiple fronts?” she continued. “Are you worried about that hitting you long-term?”
“Yeah, I mean everyone’s concerned,” Jackson responded, “as far as the direction that it’s going now, I think, as far as whether we support the president or not, it’s a matter that the hand has been dealt and I think at this point in time, let’s look at the bigger picture.”
“That China is, they are abusing the intellectual property rights and they are a lot of other factors involved here,” he added.
“Soybeans are just a $14 billion element in a $300 billion plus maneuver here,” Jackson explained. “So I think from that perspective we are probably the biggest target because we are the smallest population, given that 99 percent of the people in the United States do not farm.”
“But Mark let me just jump in quickly,” Baldwin asked again.”Last question, you say it’s the hand you’ve been dealt, but the hand is that of this president. Do you support this president and what he is doing?”
“At this point in time, yes, I definitely support what he’s doing,” Jackson responded, “and moving forward, I think for a long-term solution to a better agriculture I think that effort is there, because there’s only one source of food in this world and that’s the farmer producing it.”
“Nearly half, between 40 and 50 percent of the soybeans grown in this world are produced in the United States,” he concluded. “China needs soybeans and they do need ours. It’s just a matter of the final price will be that we receive.”
Here’s the video of soybean farmer Mark Jackson:
“At this point in time, yes, I definitely support what he’s doing.” Soybean farmer Mark Jackson says he still supports President Trump’s trade policy even though American farmers have lost access to foreign markets. https://t.co/wafdngLdnX pic.twitter.com/OGpKg188ek
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Trump’s economic protectionism has been one of his more controversial promises from before the election. Economists say the use of tariffs can lead to detrimental effects on the economies of both the country imposing tariffs and the country having tariffs imposed on it.
Soybean sales have dropped since the president began imposing tariffs and our economic partners retaliated with their own. Trump promised $12 billion in bailouts to help farmers during the trade dispute.