Kansans can’t afford a trade war

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Opinion

June 6, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Many Kansas farmers who voted for President Trump now know the pain of his agenda.

Tariffs on imported steel and aluminum previously pursued by the president and directed at China hurt the heartland, as commodity prices tumbled. Retaliatory measures by targeted trade partners too often punish U.S. agricultural producers who depend on those markets.

Trump made matters worse by also targeting the European Union, Canada and Mexico, which had been exempt from the steel and aluminum levies. Naturally, they’ll fight back with duties on imports from many American businesses and farmers.

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