Farmers sticking with Trump, says GOP senator

A GOP senator insisted Tuesday that farmers “are sticking with” President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border MORE despite taking a hit from the trade war with China that has hit agriculture hard.

“They are sticking with the president right now but they are running out of time,” Sen. Mike RoundsMarion (Mike) Michael Rounds'Mike Pounce' trends on Twitter after Trump slip at GOP retreat Conservatives offer stark warning to Trump, GOP on background checks Trump officials vow to reform Fannie, Freddie if Congress doesn't act MORE (R-S.C.) told Hill.TV in an interview.

“We are down 94 percent in our exports to China. Our producers understand that this is part of a bigger picture. And that they are in the tip of the spear,” Rounds said.

He said soybean farmers, which has taken a hit from the fight with China, back Trump because “what they really want is the fair ability to be able to trade and to be able to produce and to be able to market their products on a competitive basis.”

A recent analysis by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis found farm bankruptcies on the rise, with 90 farms in the states of Montana, Minnesota Wisconsin and North and South Dakota declaring bankruptcy over the past year.

“Bad news,” said Democratic Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterGOP Sen. Johnny Isakson to resign at end of year Native American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment House Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 MORE (Mont.), who won reelection this month while under attack from Trump. He said the trade fight is costing U.S. farmers markets.

Congress is trying to finish work on a new farm bill in the lame-duck session that Rounds said is “a priority for anybody in the upper Midwest.”

“We absolutely need to get it done, no question about that,” he said.

– Molly K. Hooper