Sen. Joni Ernst criticizes President Donald Trump's tariffs on Chinese goods as "nothing more than a tax on Iowa farm families." She says the escalating trade war is putting the livelihoods of our rural communities in the crosshairs.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Sen. Joni Ernst has harsh words for President Donald Trump’s tariffs on Chinese goods.
The Republican senator from Iowa, in a significant parting of ways with Trump, says the tariffs “are nothing more than a tax on Iowa farm families.”
In a statement released Tuesday Ernst said the “escalating trade war is putting the livelihoods of our rural communities in the crosshairs.”
She says she supports Trump’s effort to equalize a trade imbalance but the United States should focus on access to new markets and completing new trade deals rather than imposing dangerous tariffs.
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Trump says he’ll impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion in goods from China in addition to tariffs announced earlier, which Ernst says puts U.S. producers at risk of permanently losing valuable market access.