Trump’s trade moves worry rural America and the GOP


Matt Aultman, a grain salesman in Greenville, Ohio, said farmers there are keeping a close watch on the talk in Washington, D.C. (John Minchillo/AP)

SPOKANE — Gary Bailey is certain China is trying to rattle Donald Trump voters with its threat to slap tariffs on soybeans and other agriculture staples grown in rural America. The wheat farmer in Eastern Washington, a state that exports $4 billion a year in farm products, is also certain of the result.

“It’s a strategy that’s working,” he said.

If farmers are worried, so are Republican politicians, who depended on small-town America to hand them control of Congress and know how quickly those voters could take it away.

Just seven months before the 2018 midterm elections, Trump’s faceoff with China over trade has exposed an unexpected political vulnerability in what was supposed to be the Republican Party’s strongest region: rural America.

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Source: News Now | The Seattle Times

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