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 SchatzTrump defends using DOD funds on border wall: 'Some of the generals think that this is more important' Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by America's 340B Hospitals — Push for cosponsors for new 'Medicare for all' bill | Court lets Dems defend ObamaCare | Flu season not as severe as last year, CDC says Dems unveil bill to let VA doctors prescribe medical marijuana 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 TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery 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.