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 SchatzDefense & National Security — Military starts giving guidance on COVID-19 vaccine refusals Blinken pressed to fill empty post overseeing 'Havana syndrome' Milestone bill would bar imports linked to forest destruction 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 TrumpTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Hackers are making big money 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.