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 SchatzDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Schumer seeks focus on health care amid impeachment fever CNN catches heat for asking candidates about Ellen, Bush friendship at debate 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 TrumpDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Warren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' 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.