Kirsters Baish| One of CNN’s liberal anchors tried to set a soybean farmer up for three knocks at President Donald Trump’s trade policy on Wednesday, but instead his answer proved to support Trump’s policy. CNN’s Brooke Baldwin interviewed the farmer, Mark Jackson, this week, bringing up the President’s newly enforced tariffs on Chinese imports. These tariffs have results in retaliation from China, who has put quite a dent in U.S. soybean sales.
The President tweeted, “China is targeting our farmers, who they know I love & respect, as a way of getting me to continue allowing them to take advantage of the U.S. They are being vicious in what will be their failed attempt. We were being nice – until now! China made $517 Billion on us last year.”
China is targeting our farmers, who they know I love & respect, as a way of getting me to continue allowing them to take advantage of the U.S. They are being vicious in what will be their failed attempt. We were being nice – until now! China made $517 Billion on us last year.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2018
The Trump White House authorized roughly $12 billion to be put to use helping American farmers survive until Trump can talk China into a new trade policy that works for both countries.
“Farmers are resilient. They understand that China has not been playing fair,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue stated in July, as reported by CNBC. “They are patriots, but they also know that patriotism can’t pay the bills and that’s where they are concerned.”
The President is working to bring up soybean sales to Europe in addition to liquified natural gas.
He tweeted, “European Union representatives told me that they would star buying soybeans from our great farmers immediately. Also, they will be buying vast amounts of LNG!”
European Union representatives told me that they would start buying soybeans from our great farmers immediately. Also, they will be buying vast amounts of LNG!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2018
Baldwin used this information as ammunition to try and push the farmer to bash the President and his policies.
During the segment on “CNN Newsroom” this past Wednesday, Baldwin asked the farmer, “Are you supportive of what the president’s doing? And you know we talked a lot, I talked to a pork farmer last week about, you know, this whole $15 billion bailout for a lot of farmers who needed it.”
“Are you in support of the president and do you have any concerns that he’s fighting this on multiple fronts?” she went on. “Are you worried about that hitting you long-term?”
Jackson didn’t ignore the problem, but he refused to blame President Trump for it.
“Yeah I mean everyone’s concerned. As far as the direction that it’s going now, I think, as far as whether we support the president or not, it’s a matter that the hand has been dealt and I think at this point in time, let’s look at the bigger picture,” he answered.
He then said something that made it clear that he gets the big picture.
“That China is, they are abusing the intellectual property rights and there are a lot of other factors involved here,” he continued.
The farmer explained, “Soybeans are just a $14 billion element in a $300 billion plus maneuver here. So I think from that perspective we are probably the biggest target because we are the smallest population, given that 99 percent of the people in the United States do not farm.”
Baldwin tried one more time to make Jackson bash Trump.
She questioned, “But, Mark, let me just jump in quickly. Last question, you say it’s the hand you’ve been dealt, but the hand is that of this president. Do you support this president and what he is doing?”
Jackson wasn’t taking the bait.
“At this point in time, yes, I definitely support what he’s doing,” Jackson answered. “And moving forward, I think, for a long-term solution to a better agriculture, I think that effort is there, because there’s only one source of food in this world and that’s the farmer producing it.
He finished off by saying, “Nearly half, between 40 and 50 percent of the soybeans grown in this world are produced in the United States. China needs soybeans and they do need ours. It’s just a matter of what the final price will be that we receive.”
Take a look at the interview below: