Sen. Ernst: USMCA, China trade deals benefit farmers in long run

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)

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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.”

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Kushner: U.S. deal to benefit both Israel, Palestine

White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner arrives for an event with President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, to announce the Trump administration’s much-anticipated plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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According to senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, President Trump’s Middle East peace plan greatly benefits the Palestinian people.

In an interview Tuesday, Kushner said the “deal of the century” gives Palestinians a chance to establish a stable and internationally recognized country. He added, the deal will also curb violence and end Islamic terror in Palestine. The White House official noted the conflict in the region has been used to “stoke extremism” for a long time.

However, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas rejected the deal early Tuesday. He said he wants Eastern Jerusalem and a removal of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Kushner pointed out that the deal is a compromise and can’t satisfy everyone’s demands. He made the following comments on the matter:

“The Palestinian leadership have to ask themselves a question: Do they want to have a state? Do they want to have a better life? If they do, we have created a framework for them to have it and we’re going to treat them in a very respectful manner. If they don’t then they’re going to screw up another opportunity like they’ve screwed up every opportunity that they’ve ever had in their existence.”

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks after a meeting of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2020. President Abbas said “a thousand no’s” Tuesday to the Middle East peace plan announced by President Donald Trump.(AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

The senior White House adviser added, territorial concessions by Palestine are necessary to ensure the security of Israel. In return, Palestine gets to join the international community as a sovereign nation, which will allow it to improve the lives of its people.

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