U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Addresses Trade War, Tariffs

The Rich Zeoli Show
May 31, 2019 - 11:48 am

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PHILADELPHIA (1210 WPHT)- U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue addressed tariffs and trade with China in an interview with The Rich Zeoli Show.

"Well, there's legitimate anxiety...about the tariffs situation," said Perdue. "It comes at a time...of falling prices over the last five or six years, maybe even seven years.

"There's financial stress on the farm...We hope to get this resolved sooner than later."

Perdue said the United States made great progress in the trade war with China, until China backed off from their commitments to the United States. 

"They made a lot of commitments to trade naturally and normally like all other countries do, and they haven't lived up to it," lamented Perdue.

However, Perdue said Trump has a plan to assist farmers through this difficult time.

"President Trump...announced the $16 billion market facilitation program for agriculture," said Perdue. "Until we can get good trade, he doesn't want farmers to bear the brunt of those economic issues."​

Listen to the full interview below.