Republicans Pan Trump’s $12 Billion Trade Bailout

(From The Washington Examiner)

Senate Republicans on Tuesday showed little enthusiasm for a Trump administration plan to provide $12 billion to farmers whose exports are being hurt by a trade war prompted by President Trump’s tariffs.

But none said they would oppose the plan that the Department of Agriculture was set to announce Tuesday.

“So, you create a policy that causes people to need to be on welfare and then you provide the welfare,” Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said when asked about the aid package. “It would be much better to just reverse the policy that’s creating this.”

No Republicans said they would try to block the aid, which the White House said Tuesday would be given to U.S. farmers to help them compensate for retaliatory tariffs that China, Europe, and other countries imposed to retaliate against U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum.

But the senators argued it would be better for Trump to end the trade war by eliminating the new U.S. tariffs that prompted the retaliation.

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