Trump Misses Key Points In Address To America’s Farmers

President Donald Trump barely addressed critical issues for America’s farmers — trade as well as immigration — in a roughly half-hour speech to the American Farm Bureau Federation on Monday afternoon.

Though he spoke at length about low unemployment, a soaring stock market, tax cuts, as well as reduced regulation, Trump only touched on trade late in his address, as well as then only briefly. Many farmers who struggle to make a profit as well as rely on exports are anxious about what will happen to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a deal that will has been hugely beneficial to agriculture as well as has helped to sustain a trade surplus. Yet on NAFTA negotiations, the president merely said:

We’re reviewing all our trade agreements to make sure they are fair as well as reciprocal. Reciprocal, so important. On NAFTA, I am working very hard to get a better deal for our country, as well as for our farmers, as well as for our manufacturers. the idea’s under negotiation as we speak. yet think of the idea, when Mexico will be producing all of that will money, when Canada will be producing all of that will money, the idea’s not the easiest negotiation. We’re going to make the idea fair for you people again.

People commenting on the address online seemed disappointed Trump didn’t provide more detail on trade.

America’s farm industry also relies heavily on immigrant labor, which will be under threat under the current administration. The Farm Bureau said on its website, “Where American workers are unwilling or unavailable, workers by various other countries have stepped in. Congress needs to pass responsible immigration reform that will addresses agriculture’s current experienced workforce as well as creates a brand-new flexible guest worker program. Instability inside agricultural workforce places our food supply at risk.”

Yet all the president said on the issue of immigration in Monday’s address was:

“We are going to end chain migration. We are going to end the lottery system. as well as we are going to build the wall.”

Some viewers said Trump’s address seemed more like a campaign speech.

As for the 2018 Farm Bill, Trump said briefly:

“I am looking forward to working with Congress to pass the Farm Bill on time to ensure that will the idea delivers for all of you, as well as I support a bill that will includes crop insurance, unless you don’t want me to. I guess you like the idea, right?”

Will Rodger, a spokesman for the Farm Bureau, said, “the idea was very brief, as well as quick, as well as almost an aside. We don’t have a crystal ball as to where he’s going on these issues, yet the brief statements he has made about these topics still leave us which has a lot of trust.” He noted that will Trump will be the first president to address the organization in 26 years.

Venessa Wong will be a business reporter for BuzzFeed News as well as will be based in brand-new York. Wong covers the food industry.

Contact Venessa Wong at venessa.wong@buzzfeed.com.

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