Paul blasts Trump: Remove your tariffs, don't give 'welfare for farmers'

Paul blasts Trump: Remove your tariffs, don't give 'welfare for farmers'
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe On The Money: Senate fails to override Trump veto over border emergency | Trump resort to host G-7 next year | Senators to push Turkey sanctions despite ceasefire | McConnell tees up funding votes Top Foreign Relations senators introduce Turkey sanctions bill MORE (R-Ky.) on Tuesday ripped President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi arrives in Jordan with bipartisan congressional delegation Trump says his Doral resort will no longer host G-7 after backlash CNN's Anderson Cooper mocks WH press secretary over Fox News interview MORE's offering $12 billion in aid to farmers impacted by his recent retaliatory tariffs — instead of removing the initial tariffs altogether.

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced earlier Tuesday it would offer $12 billion in emergency aid for farmers impacted by the tariffs on American grain, produce and meat exports.

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Trump has faced criticism from some Republicans for his tariffs on goods from traditional U.S. trading partners such as China, as well as close allies including the European Union, Canada and Mexico.

Those countries responded with tariffs on U.S. agricultural products like soybeans, beef, corn and poultry.

Paul was critical of Trump’s tariffs last month when responding to the retaliatory measures on Kentucky whiskey.

Paul told The Hill in a statement at the time that the retaliatory tariffs “would be a major blow to Kentucky's economy and our country's recent economic gains.”

“While I agree we must take a tough stand against countries that are cheating, I do not believe the solution is to impose taxes on consumers and our most important trading partners,” he said.