NAWG Shuts Down President Trump's Off-Handed Remarks Making Light of Wheat Trade with JapanWed, 14 Aug 2019 14:55:37 CDT
On Tuesday, August 13th, President Donald Trump was scheduled to deliver remarks on energy in Pennsylvania. Instead, Trump diverted and talked about trade with Japan where, according to sources at the National Association of Wheat Growers, he directly discounted the importance of wheat exports to the market:
“Many car plants -- they’re coming in from Japan," the President remarked. " I told Prime Minister Abe -- great guy. I said, ‘Listen, we have a massive deficit with Japan.’ They send thousands and thousands -- millions -- of cars. We send them wheat. Wheat. (Laughter.) That’s not a good deal. And they don’t even want our wheat. They do it because they want us to at least feel that we’re okay. You know, they do it to make us feel good.”
NAWG responded publicly to President Trump's comments with the following tweet, defending the significance of the exportation of wheat for US farmers.
"@realDonaldTrump Mr. President, Japan is the #1 market for US wheat exports on average, where we hold just over 50% of the market. They don’t buy our wheat because “they want us to feel okay.” They buy it because it’s the highest quality wheat in the world. That’s not fake news."
Source - National Association of Wheat Growers
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