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President Trump. Photo: Al Drago-Pool/Getty Images

Local agricultural industries caught in the crossfire of President Trump's trade disputes with some of the country's biggest trading partners are increasingly worried that they will suffer from retaliatory tariffs on American goods.

Why it matters: From Florida to Wisconsin to Washington state, Trump risks threatening the very industries he pledged to protect on the campaign trail — and his tariffs could mean a brutal blow for the economy in states that he won in 2016.

What they're saying:

“[A]t this moment I don’t know what is going to happen, we’re all just in limbo. We’ve been very fortunate over the last several years with the Chinese market."
— Gary Nichols, a lobster fisherman who voted for Trump, told CBS Miami
  • Washington's seed industry could face issues, too. Dave Armstrong, the CEO of Sakata Seed Company, told the Skagit Valley Herald that the company's top customers are in Asia, Europe, Canada, and Mexico — and a prolonged trade war could cause the company to consider moving its operations elsewhere.
"It’s a global hub of seed movement. The actions being taken and threatened would absolutely add complexity and barriers to our ability to move seed in and out of the U.S."
— Dave Armstrong, the CEO of Sakata Seed Company
  • Wisconsin's dairy industry is facing tariffs from Mexico, Canada and China. Jeff Schwager, the president of Sartori Company, a cheese producer, told CBS Chicago that Trump's tariffs will cut approximately $40 million from his company’s $265 million annual cheese sales:
"I have yet to find an example where tariffs have worked for the long term good of the country that first imposes them. ... If this is going to go on long term, the customers down there will look for an alternative product without the tariffs on it."
— Jeff Schwager, the president of Wisconsin's Sartori Company

The backdrop: North American and European trading partners are already dealing with their own trade disputes with the U.S. in response to Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and the threat of additional tariffs on foreign automobiles.

  • As a result, about 21,000 companies in the United States have filed for tariff exclusions, claiming that Trump’s trade war could pose a risk to their business.

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Trump political team disavows "Patriot Party" groups

Marine One carries President Trump away from the White House on Inauguration Day. Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Donald Trump's still-active presidential campaign committee officially disavowed political groups affiliated with the nascent "Patriot Party" on Monday.

Why it matters: Trump briefly floated the possibility of creating a new political party to compete with the GOP — with him at the helm. But others have formed their own "Patriot Party" entities during the past week, and Trump's team wants to make clear it has nothing to do with them.

DOJ watchdog to probe whether officials sought to alter election results

Donald and Melania Trump exit Air Force One in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Jan. 20. Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

The Justice Department's inspector general will investigate whether any current or former DOJ officials "engaged in an improper attempt to have DOJ seek to alter the outcome" of the 2020 election, the agency announced Monday.

Driving the news: The investigation comes in the wake of a New York Times report that alleged Jeffrey Clark, the head of DOJ's civil division, had plotted with President Trump to oust acting Attorney General Jeffery Rosen in a scheme to overturn the election results in Georgia.