Last week, President Trump announced a plan to enact tariffs on steel and aluminum, raising serious concerns among Missouri farmers that the policy could result in retaliation from critical trading partners. When asked about the President’s announcement, Josh Hawley said, “Trade is good for Missouri workers and farmers when our trade partners follow the same rules we do. Most of our trade partners do. But one in particular doesn’t: China. China systematically abuses the global trade system and we should respond firmly to defend American workers.”
Huh? According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Canada is Missouri’s primary export destination, as it is for 34 other states. Canada imported more than $5.1 billion in Missouri products in 2017, followed by Mexico at more than $2.5 billion, and China at roughly $926 million.” Many farmers fear that Canada will retaliate against the United States for these tariffs — severely hurting Missouri farmers.
“Rather than stand with Missouri farmers, Josh Hawley refused to answer the very simple question: do you support President Trump’s tariffs?” said Missouri Democratic Party Deputy Communication’s Director Brooke Goren. “Hawley may be worried about upsetting a President that is trying to bail out his struggling campaign next week, but if Hawley won’t stand up to President Trump for Missouri farmers now, how can they expect him to stand up to President Trump if elected?”