South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (R) said that President Donald Trump’s trade wars had “devastated” her state while speaking today at Politico’s State Solutions Conference.
Under Trump, the United States has placed heavy tariffs against longtime U.S. trade partners China and the European Union due to his belief that these countries are behaving unfairly when it comes to international trade. In retaliation, both China and the European Union have levelled tariffs against the United States.
These retaliatory tariffs have had a devastating effect on U.S. agriculture and commodity prices, especially in the state of South Dakota, which is currently experiencing a spate of farm bankruptcies.
Noem told Politico that while she empathizes with Trump’s attempt to “rectify” China’s unfair trade practices, she is also increasingly anxious about the effects Trump’s tariffs are having on her state’s economy, particularly its farms.
With agriculture by far the largest industry in South Dakota, Noem publicly conveyed that she hoped the trade war would end shortly. Noem said that she has spoken with the White House recently about her concerns.
She intends to directly lobby on this issue when she attends the Republican Governors Association winter meeting in Washington, D.C. this week.