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Gov. Tony Evers to President Trump: End trade wars to save Wisconsin farmers

Posted at 8:04 PM, Aug 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-12 21:05:00-04

MADISON (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers is urging President Donald Trump to end his trade wars with other countries because they're hurting Wisconsin farmers.

Evers, a Democrat, sent Trump a letter Monday asking him to end the disputes. He said Wisconsin farmers are suffering a "triple whammy" of trade uncertainty, low commodity prices and bad weather.

The state Democratic Party held a news conference earlier Monday to criticize Trump on the one-year anniversary of a tweet in which the president called for a boycott of Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Trump made the tweet after the Milwaukee-based company said it was moving production of motorcycles sold in Europe to facilities outside the U.S. Harley-Davidson blamed tariffs the European Union imposed in retaliation for tariffs Trump imposed on a host of EU products.

Here is the response from RNC spokesperson Mandi Merritt:

“Finally we have a President who is getting tough on China and is serious about leveling the playing field for Wisconsin workers. President Trump has delivered on his promise to negotiate better trade deals in the USMCA that would create 176,000 jobs, add $68.2 billion to the U.S. economy and dramatically help Wisconsin dairy farmers. Not to mention, this is rich coming from a Governor who is hurting Wisconsin’s business climate while President Trump is working to create a better economy for all.”