WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s willingness to engage in international trade fights has him walking a political tightrope: Going to bat for steel and aluminum makers has endeared him to many voters in Ohio and Pennsylvania, where steel production is a matter of economic pride. But it could end up hurting him in agriculture-heavy areas that backed him in 2016.
Trump’s tariffs are driving down the price of pork, corn and soybeans, contributing to a 12 percent drop in net farm income nationally last year.
The administration dispatched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Iowa this week to assure farmers that help is on the way.
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But Democrats in Iowa warn that people are growing increasingly frustrated with the tariffs.
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