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Trump floats government subsidies for farmers

President Trump gestures while speaking
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President Trump floated the idea of subsidy payments for farmers in a meeting today with Republican lawmakers, but nobody voiced support, according to two sources familiar with the meeting.

Why it matters: Senators representing farm states are deeply concerned about Trump’s tariffs and the retaliatory threats from China that are already driving down crop prices. This was the hot topic at this week’s Senate Republican lunch, and Mitch McConnell told concerned senators to “call Trump” and share their worries with him.