Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, talks to the media prior to the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump at the Capitol, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
UPDATED 3:10 PM PT — Sunday, February 2, 2020
Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst is saying the president’s work on trade will benefit U.S. farmers in the long run. On Sunday, Ernst touted the USMCA and Phase One China deals, which were recently passed by Congress. She said farmers stand to gain the most from both agreements.
According to Ernst, the administration took the right approach by raising tariffs on China, which forced them to the negotiating table. She also said the White House acted responsibly by offering bailouts to farmers, which offset retaliatory tariffs from Beijing.
The senator said any negative effects from the trade war on farmers are only temporary.
“If you ask Iowa farmers, ‘Is the president doing the right thing?’ they will say, ‘Yes.’ One farmer said, ‘You know what, I’m tightening my belt. Things are tougher right now, but I know in the long run this is going to be better for my grandchildren. They won’t have to struggle with China cheating us the way we have experienced in the past.’” – Jodi Ernst, U.S. Senator (R-IA)
Ernst attended the signing of the Phase One trade deal with China last month, where she praised President Trump for “delivering real results for Iowa’s farmers and manufacturers.”