Trump to address Farm Bureau on heels of China deal signing

Trump to address Farm Bureau on heels of China deal signing
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill FDA head pledges 'we will not cut corners' on coronavirus vaccine Let our values drive COVID-19 liability protection MORE is slated to address the American Farm Bureau Federation on Sunday, when he will likely highlight a newly signed limited trade agreement with China in an effort to boost his support among the group.

The organization announced Monday that Trump will headline its annual convention in Austin, Texas, marking the third consecutive year the president has spoken at the event.

"We are grateful that he has made agricultural issues a priority and look forward to welcoming him to Austin at a time when there is much to talk about, from trade progress to important regulatory reforms," Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall said in a statement.

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Trump will make the trip to Austin on the back end of a weekend trip to his Mar-a-Lago property in Florida, where he is scheduled to hold a fundraiser.

The president has consistently courted the support of farmers, a group that has been hit hard since 2018 by Trump's trade war with China. Washington and Beijing have exchanged tit-for-tat tariffs since July 2018, including duties imposed on U.S. agricultural goods.

The Trump administration last year offered billions of dollars in subsidies to farmers who directly lost business because of the president's trade policy.

But trade tensions appear to be receding somewhat and the president is slated to sign a phase one trade agreement with Beijing on Wednesday at a White House ceremony. The official text of the deal has still not been made public, but the pact is expected to include an arrangement for China to increase its agricultural purchases and a truce on tariffs.

Trump is poised for a legislative victory as well, as the Senate is expected in the coming weeks to approve a revised version of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement known as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.