USDA chief: Trump wants more aid for farmers during China trade war

Agriculture Secretary Sonny PerdueGeorge (Sonny) Ervin PerdueOn The Money: Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump | Trump to offer B aid package for farmers | House votes to boost retirement savings | Study says new tariffs to double costs for consumers Trump administration announces B aid package for farmers hurt by trade war with China USDA relocates expert economists, researchers who challenge Trump policies: report MORE said Friday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE has asked the Department of Agriculture (USDA) for a plan to help farmers impacted by new tariffs in the trade war against China.

"While China may backtrack, @POTUS is steadfast in his support for U.S. farmers and directed @USDA to work on a plan quickly," he tweeted, noting that he spoke with the president. 

"@POTUS loves his farmers and will not let them down!" he added.

Trump hiked tariffs on China Friday amid negotiations between the two countries. The move, though, has many GOP lawmakers worried about the impact of the long trade war.

Trump has defended the move, previously tweeting that he "got tired of waiting for China to help out and start buying from our FARMERS."

The Hill has reached out to USDA for additional comment. 

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Early Friday morning, tariffs went into effect on $200 billion in Chinese goods, raising rates from 10 percent to 25 percent on the products. 

China's Commerce Ministry threatened to take "necessary countermeasures" on Thursday if the tariffs increased, according to The Associated Press.

Despite the increase, the White House said Thursday that it would continue negotiating on trade with China.