GOP Senator: Farmers Must Be Willing To Suffer For Trump’s Trade War

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Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) argued that Trump's trade war with China will help the U.S. in the long run.

According to Newsweek, agricultural leaders across the U.S. are crying out against Trump’s disastrous trade policy with China, which has sparked an additional tariff on $60 billion worth of U.S. exports to China. Republican lawmakers, however, are responding to concerns by saying that farmers must be the ones to bear the burden in the short-term for the U.S. to benefit in the long-term.

"China cheats, china cheats, for twenty years our leadership in America has acted like a bunch of weenies, they've let them get away with it. No more, we want you to be part of the global economy, but there are rules," Louisiana Republican Senator John Kennedy told Fox News on Thursday.

"Senator you're talking about the long-term game, but there are those in this country who are feeling the short-term pain," responded Fox News co-anchor Sandra Smith.

"Our farmers are in pain and I’m sorry for that," Kennedy said. "America was born on a farm. Looking at the bigger picture, the economy is great, wages up, income up, GDP up, productivity up, our economy is hotter than a pepper sprout, but I know that doesn't help our farmers."

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