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 SchatzAdvocates hopeful dueling privacy bills can bridge partisan divide Key Senate Democrats unveil sweeping online privacy bill GOP braces for Democratic spending onslaught in battle for Senate 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 TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments 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.