Christopher Gribbs, a soybean farmer from Ohio whose family owns and operates 560 acres of land, on Thursday told CNBC, a popular US media platform, that he won’t be voting for President Donald Trump again in the upcoming 2020 United States election.
The Ohio farmer reportedly voted for Trump in the 2016 election along with more than 75% of rural voters in the country’s farm belt.
Now Gribbs is pushing back against Trump’s trade policies and the retaliatory effects on American agriculture.
“I couldn’t vote for him. I have to protect my business.”
“I was a Trump voter. I voted for the president.”
“It certainly frustrates me. … He’s lost on trade in three different ways,” Gribbs said when speaking about how the president has disappointed him on trade deals.
Farmers are one of the biggest victims of the U.S.-China trade war. With China officially pulling out of purchasing U.S. agricultural goods, American farmers are losing their fifth-largest customer.
The United States had $9.2 billion in agricultural exports to China last year, according to the Department of Agriculture.
Gribbs told CNBC in 2018 that his soybean prices dropped by 20% due to the trade war. Last year, his soybeans sold for a local cash price of $10.50 per bushel. Now, his soybeans are selling at $9, right at the cost of production.
“We’ve lost our biggest export market and that was China. And that’s weighing on prices,” the farmer said.
“The geopolitical problems that we have with the Trump tariffs have weighed on market confidence and the market just can’t move.”
Despite the fiscal damage the trade dispute has caused, many farmers appear to still support Trump. According to a recent survey from The Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture, 78% of farmers said in July that they believe the trade war will ultimately benefit U.S. agriculture.
In response to the survey, Gribbs said, “No, certainly I wouldn’t agree with it.”
Trump tweeted last week that he would impose 10% tariffs on an additional $300 billion of Chinese goods. This prompted China to retaliate by halting U.S. agricultural imports, intensifying the trade dispute between the world’s two biggest economies.
“We need to get rid of this political turmoil that we have. The uncertainty and that’s what’s holding the markets down now,” Gribbs said.
Iran Unveils Budget Of ‘Resistance’ Against US Sanctions
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday presented to parliament what he called a “budget of resistance” against crippling sanctions imposed by arch-enemy the United States.
“Next year, similar to the current year, our budget is a budget of resistance and perseverance against sanctions,” Rouhani told parliament in remarks broadcast on state radio.
“This budget announces to the world that despite sanctions we will manage the country, especially in terms of oil,” he added.
The budget for the financial year starting late March 2020 comes after fuel price hikes that were imposed in mid-November triggered deadly demonstrations across the Islamic republic.
In his speech, Rouhani announced a 15 percent increase for public sector wages in a country whose economy has been battered by US sanctions.
US President Donald Trump began imposing punitive measures in May 2018, after unilaterally withdrawing from an accord that gave Iran relief from sanctions in return for limits on its nuclear programme.
The International Monetary Fund has forecast that Iran’s economy will contract by 9.5 percent this year.
BREAKING: Popular Evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke Is Dead
Popular German evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke, is dead.
His death was announced in a statement signed by his wife, Anni Bonnke.
The statement was shared on Evangelist Bonnke’s verified Facebook page on Saturday.
In the statement, Anni said, “Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ. It is with sorrow that the Bonnke Family would like to announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke.
“He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on December 7, 2019. For the past 60 years, he has preached the glorious Gospel of Jesus throughout the entire world. We want to thank you on behalf of him and our family, for your kind love and unwavering support, which enabled him to preach the matchless message of salvation to countless people. He preached Jesus.”
Trump Reacts To Viral Video Of NATO Leaders ‘Mocking’ Him, Calls Trudeau ‘Two-Faced’
President Donald Trump has reacted to the viral video that showed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron mocking him at a reception in Buckingham Palace for NATO leaders.
Trump called Justin Trudeau “two-faced” after a video seemed to show him venting to other world leaders about Mr. Trump’s behavior at a NATO anniversary celebration designed specifically to avoid unwanted disruptions.
While taking questions from reporters ahead of a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Trump was asked to comment on the viral video.
“Well, he’s two-faced,” the president said. After a long pause, he added, “He’s a nice guy. I find him to be a very nice guy.”