READ: Senator Ben Sasse Responds to Donald Trump’s $12 Billion Bailout Plan: ‘Going to Make [America] 1929 Again’

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A Republican Senator is taking a stand against President Donald Trump’s plan to bail out farmers who have been adversely affected by retaliatory tariffs placed on American exports, which were imposed on the United States in response to Trump’s tariffs on foreign-made goods.

Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) issued a statement on Tuesday panning Trump’s proposal to use taxpayer dollars to rescue the agriculture industry, which has been suffering losses thanks to Trump’s reckless trade policies.

Sasse said Trump’s “trade war” is “cutting the legs out from under farmers,” and that Trump’s desire to “spend $12 billion on gold crutches” is an affront to farmers who “don’t want to be paid to lose.”

Sasse, a longtime proponent of free trade and whose home state of Nebraska supplies much of the world’s corn, soybeans, and wheat, added:

“This administration’s tariffs and bailouts aren’t going to make America great again, they’re just going to make it 1929 again.”

Two other Republican Senators – Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin – joined Sasse in his opposition to what they see as unnecessary government intervention in a deliberately manufactured economic crisis.

Paul called the administration’s move “welfare for farmers” and Johnson said Trump’s policies are creating a “Soviet-style economy.”

Twitter shared its thoughts as well. Some praised Sasse for standing up to Trump on what is widely viewed as economically risky approaches to global trade.

But not everyone agreed. Some see Sasse’s comments as nothing more than posturing, and they fear he will continue to vote for Trump’s policies despite publicly opposing them.

https://twitter.com/stetayen/status/1021800604128174080

The bailout was announced Tuesday afternoon by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.

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