Farmers sticking with Trump, says GOP senator

A GOP senator insisted Tuesday that farmers “are sticking with” President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification 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 RoundsGOP moves to rein in president's emergency powers Trump's emergency declaration looms over Pentagon funding fight Overnight Defense: Pentagon asked to house up to 5,000 migrant children | Judge lifts last injunction against transgender ban | Senators voice anger over problems with military housing | General warns ISIS waiting to resurge 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) TesterSanders, Ocasio-Cortez back 'end the forever war' pledge Dems wrestle over how to vote on ‘Green New Deal’ White House pleads with Senate GOP on emergency declaration 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