Dem senator: Trump is borrowing money from China to 'pay our farmers to not sell their crops to China'
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Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzAnti-smoking advocates question industry motives for backing higher purchasing age Hillicon Valley: Washington preps for Mueller report | Barr to hold Thursday presser | Lawmakers dive into AI ethics | FCC chair moves to block China Mobile | Dem bill targets 'digital divide' | Microsoft denies request for facial recognition tech Lawmakers, tech set for clash over AI MORE (D-Hawaii) took aim at the Trump administration on Thursday as farmers across the United States prepare to receive government checks amid rising concerns about a trade war sparked by the government's global tariffs.

“We are borrowing money from China to pay our farmers to not sell their crops to China,” Schatz said on Twitter Wednesday. 

The Hawaii Democrat’s tweet also referenced a report from The Associated Press published Sunday detailing concerns from those in the agriculture industry who worry President TrumpDonald John TrumpForget the spin: Five unrefuted Mueller Report revelations Lara Trump: Merkel admitting migrants 'one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany' Financial satisfaction hits record high: survey MORE’s billion-dollar bailout to help those experiencing strain from trade disputes with China won’t be enough.

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Last month, the Trump administration said it would dole out roughly $6 billion in aid to farmers as growers continue to suffer from global tariffs.

The Department of Agriculture said about $4.7 billion of those funds would used to help producers of corn, cotton, dairy, pork, sorghum, soybeans and wheat.

The department also announced at the time that the administration would purchase up to $1.2 billion in commodities targeted by global tariffs, and distribute the produce via the Emergency Food Assistance Program and child nutrition programs.

Last week, Trump announced that he was directing the U.S. trade representative to slap $200 billion worth of Chinese goods with a 10 percent duty that is slated to rise to 25 percent next year.

Chinese officials later chastised the U.S. on Monday for engaging in what it called "trade bullyism" as $60 billion worth of its own tariffs went into effect.