Trump Trade Moves Hurting GOP in Rural Areas

Donald Trump's trade policies are confounding Republicans as rural voters stand to get the short end of the stick just months before the 2018 midterms. On the other hand, Democrats are seeing political opportunity in the treatment the agricultural community has gotten from Trump, who said recently that farmers will "understand that they're doing this for the country" and that he would "make it up to them." The president has raised the prospect of increasing federal agricultural subsidies to at least partially offset any pain from proposed Chinese tariffs on U.S. goods. However, spending even more money at a time of exploding debt remains a concern for many GOP lawmakers.

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