Trump agriculture secretary: U.S. farmers ‘casualties’ of trade war – CNN

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue speaks during an event in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue speaks during an event hosted by U.S. President Donald Trump with workers on “Cutting the Red Tape, Unleashing Economic Freedom” in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo

June 25, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue acknowledged that American farmers are being hurt by President Donald Trump’s trade war with China, according to an interview broadcast on Tuesday.

“I think they are one of the casualties with trade disruption, yes,” Perdue told CNN. “We knew going in that when you flew the penalty flag on China, the retaliation, if it came, would be against the farmer.”

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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