Trump Claims Farmers Are Happy With Him, Farmers Say That's ‘B.S.’

Last week, Trump claimed “now it's really working out” for farmers who have it “nice and easy” because of his policies -- it’s not. Farmers know that the Trump administration is not helping them, and as one farmer said, “it’s time for them to put their money where their mouth is.” 

Farmers across the country see through Trump’s lies and broken promises:

“We’ve been promised a lot of things throughout these negotiations and not all of them have come to fruition.” - Missouri soybean farmer

“We get this new story that we’re going to have this great deal as we had back in the spring, and then the Chinese went home, and a week later, it went away. Then we didn’t have negotiations for several months, so once bitten, twice shy.” - Missouri soybean farmer

“I’d probably be lying if I said some of us aren’t scratching our heads every once in a while. I sometimes wonder if [Trump]he didn’t bite off a little more than he could chew.” - Kansas farmer 

“It is rather disheartening to hear the administration talking about small businesses being the backbone of rural America... farmers are small businesses. Talk is cheap, now it is time for them to put their money where their mouth is.” - Retired Wisconsin dairy farmer  

“For him to say that he’s helping farmers is really B.S. too, because the amount of money we get back is between 20 and 23 percent of what we are losing.” - Wisconsin farmers union president 

 


 

On Trump’s visit to Pennsylvania…

NBC News: Massive Pennsylvania factory layoff foreshadows Trump 2020 troubles

By Ben Popken

A manufacturing recession may already be under way in vulnerable swing states, challenging President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to deliver blue collar jobs to his base.

Out of the 21 states with manufacturing job losses so far this year, some of those experiencing the greatest percentage declines are states where Trump won by less than 5 percentage points. In Pennsylvania, the manufacturing sector lost 8,100 jobs. In North Carolina, it was 7,700 from that sector; and Wisconsin lost 6,500 jobs.

The closure of Wood-Mode, a 77-year-old family-owned factory among the farmland of rural Kreamer, Pennsylvania, was responsible for over 900 of the manufacturing jobs lost in that state this year, one of the most by a single company.

Wood-Mode was known for making the the “Cadillac” of custom cabinets. Full kitchen sets could sell for over $100,000. Even dealers who were burned by the shutdown spoke glowingly of the unparalleled craftmanship and finish.

But there had been signs over the years Wood-Mode was having difficulty, including cost-cutting moves, layoffs, and difficulty paying bills and obtaining materials.

Cabinet lines can be had at hardware chains for a few thousand dollars. Cheap Chinese imports nipped at the bottom of the industry’s pricing ladder. And though the machinery was kept in good condition, some equipment was older, and took more steps or time than newer equipment would. Facing these and other headwinds, in 2017 Wood-Mode restructured its debt and accessed millions in new liquidity.

It wasn’t enough, but no one expected what came next.

Employees who had worked there for decades were given minutes to leave. Partially completed cabinets were left on the floor of the 1.3 million square foot facility.

“They came out and told us shut everything off. Turn off the radio… 'As of right now, you’re all laid off indefinitely,'" said Michele Sanders, 41, who had worked at the company for two decades immediately after graduating high school, no college degree required.

“We had about 10 minutes to get our stuff and get out,” said Sanders, a mother of two. Employees drifted out into the parking lot in a daze, under the eye of local law enforcement. “I was in my car with tears flowing out of my eyes. We were all in shock,” she said.

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The number of job postings for the largest manufacturing occupations have fallen nationwide over the past year, according to the site’s data. Want ads for production managers are down 72 percent; machine operators, 64 percent; and assembly line workers, 32 percent.

The manufacturing declines come in spite of, or in some ways, accelerated by, Trump’s protectionist measures and bruising trade war.

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Trump Just Gave ISIS ‘Its Biggest Win In More Than Four Years’

Trump continues to claim credit for single-handedly defeating ISIS, but his reckless and chaotic decision to withdraw from Syria was a big win for ISIS and greatly improved its prospects. After inheriting a successful anti-ISIS campaign, Trump is risking the reversal of hard-fought gains by the U.S. and our allies.

TRUMP, YESTERDAY: “ISIS was all over the place … It was me…who captured them.  I’m the one who did the capturing. I’m the one who knows more about it than you people or the fake pundits.”

TRUMP, ALSO YESTERDAY: “When I took over ISIS was all over the place. You know that better than anybody, two and a half years ago. I went in and when I started I got rid of that whole thing. All those prisoners, all that -- those are my -- they were captured under Trump.”

EXPERTS, TODAY: “There is no question that ISIS is one of the big winners in what is happening in Syria.”

 


 

DNC on Bill Taylor’s Testimony

In response to acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor’s testimony, DNC Deputy War Room Director Daniel Wessel released the following statement:

“Today, Bill Taylor - Trump’s own top diplomat to Ukraine - made it clear that Trump engaged in a quid pro quo. Republicans have no more excuses. The Trump administration chose Bill Taylor for this position. Taylor served a previous Republican president. And yet, today he testified that the president extorted a foreign country in order to sway an election. Trump must be held accountable.”

 


 

All The Ways Bill Taylor Was Told Trump Sought A Quid Pro Quo

Bill Taylor - Trump’s own top diplomat to Ukraine - made it clear in his testimony today that Trump engaged in a quid pro quo.

TRUMP INSISTED ON AN ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE INVESTIGATIONS: Trump himself pressed for the Ukrainian president to make a public announcement of investigations into Trump’s political rival and a conspiracy theory about the 2016 election.

“According to Mr. Morrison, President Trump told Ambassador Sondland that he was not asking for a ‘quid pro quo.’ But President Trump did insist that President Zelenskyy go to a microphone and say he is opening investigations of Biden and 2016 election interference, and that President Zelenskyy should want to do this himself. Mr. Morrison said that he told Ambassador Bolton and the NSC lawyers of this phone call between President Trump and Ambassador Sandland.”

“EVERYTHING” WAS DEPENDENT ON THE INVESTIGATIONS: Sondland said that “everything” was dependent on Ukraine publicly announcing the investigations that Trump wanted. 

“Amb. Sondland also told me that he now recognized that he had made a mistake by earlier telling the Ukrainian officials to whom he spoke that a White House meeting with President Zelenskyy was dependent on a public announcement of investigations — in fact, Amb. Sondland said, ‘everything’ was dependent on such an announcement, including security assistance.’”

OR ELSE, U.S. AND UKRAINE WOULD REACH A “STALEMATE”: Ambassador Sondland told Ukraine’s president that if Zelensky failed to make the public announcement requested by Trump, the U.S and Ukraine would be at a “stalemate.”

“Ambassador Sondland said that he had talked to President Zelenskyy and Mr. Yermak and told them that, although this was not a quid pro quo, if President Zelenskyy did not ‘clear things up’ in public, we would be at a ‘stalemate.’ I understood a ‘stalemate’ to mean that Ukraine would not receive the much-needed military assistance. Ambassador Sondland said that this conversation concluded with President Zelenskky agreeing to make a public statement in an interview with CNN.”

UKRAINE NEEDED TO MAKE CLEAR IT WASN’T STANDING IN THE WAY OF THE INVESTIGATIONS: Ambassador Sondland told Taylor that the Ukrainian president needed to make it clear to Trump that he would not stand in the way of the “investigations” that were requested by Trump.

“On June 27, Ambassador Sondland told me during a phone conversation that President Zelenskyy needed to make clear to President Trump that he, President Zelenskyy, was not standing in the way of ‘investigations.’