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Trump mulling visit to ethanol refinery later this month: report

Trump mulling visit to ethanol refinery later this month: report
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President TrumpDonald TrumpFranklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Man suspected in wife's disappearance accused of casting her ballot for Trump Stefanik: Cheney is 'looking backwards' MORE is reportedly looking at making a trip to Iowa to visit an ethanol refinery in the coming weeks as his administration considers lifting restrictions on the sale of ethanol-infused gasoline.

Bloomberg reported Tuesday that Trump's visit could signal his administration's support for allowing the year-round sale of E15 gasoline, which contains 15 percent ethanol.

Sens. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans Overnight Defense: Capitol security bill includes 1M to reimburse National Guard | Turner to lead House push against military sexual assault | Pentagon drops mask mandate GOP Rep. Turner to lead House push to address military sexual assault MORE (R-Iowa) and Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyLawmakers bicker over how to go after tax cheats On The Money: Biden says workers can't turn down job and get benefits | Treasury launches state and local aid | Businesses jump into vax push Grassley criticizes Biden's proposal to provide IRS with B MORE (R-Iowa) would be expected to join the president, as would Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R).

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The White House and Grassley's office declined to comment to The Hill on the possible visit.

A spokeswoman for Ernst said the senator spoke last week with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew WheelerAndrew WheelerEPA rescinds Trump rule expected to make air pollution regulation harder EPA rescinds Trump rule allowing public to weigh in on agency guidance  OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden officials unveil plan to conserve 30 percent of US lands and water | Watchdog questions adequacy of EPA standards for carcinogenic chemical emissions | Interior proposing revocation of Trump-era rollback on bird protections MORE and feels confident the new E15 rule will be in place by the summer driving season.

Trump last fall directed the EPA to lift the current policy that prohibits E15 during the summer months, a restriction that was in place because of air pollution concerns. The current summer limit is 10 percent ethanol.

The president earlier this year rolled out a plan that would allow the year-round sale of  E15.

Trump's move was celebrated in Iowa, where the economy depends heavily on corn ethanol and on federal ethanol regulations. But senators in states that depend on oil production have opposed the decision, arguing it's illegal and would hurt the fuel refining industry.

Should Trump further lift restrictions on E15, it would likely boost farmers in the Midwest who are taking the brunt of the president's trade war with China. 

Beijing earlier this month announced retaliatory measures for the Trump administration raising tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. The duties from China will target beef, honey, rice, corn, wheat flour, spinach, peas, beans, lentils, peanut oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil and other agricultural products grown in the U.S.

Trump last week announced his administration will provide $15 billion in assistance to farmers affected by the trade war and has praised them as "Patriot Farmers" for waiting out the dispute.