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Evers Urges Trump to Dial Down Trade Wars

Gov. Tony Evers (Emily Hamer / Wisconsin Center for Investigative)

Governor Tony Evers has called on President Trump to listen to the voices of Wisconsin farmers and put an end to the trade war between the United States and China. The tariffs that Trump has put on foreign countries, particularly China, have had a negative impact on industry across the State of Wisconsin. 

Agriculture is an $88 billion industry in Wisconsin and is responsible for the employment of one out of every nine workers in the state. 

“When our farmers thrive, our rural communities thrive, and the ripple effect continues across our entire state,” Evers wrote in a letter to President Trump on Monday. Evers went on to say that farmers take pride in selling their goods and want to be dependent on the skills they’ve honed over decades, not be dependent on government aid. 

“Wisconsin farmers deserve better than this,” Evers wrote to Trump. “They deserve better than short-sighted trade wars that do lasting damage to their businesses and their heritage. They have told us what we can do to support them, and tariffs are not on the list. I urge you to listen to them, end these unproductive trade wars, and work immediately to restore these critical trade relationships.”

With the Democratic primaries already underway ahead of the 2020 election it is expected that Wisconsin, along with Michigan, will once again be a potential swing state. Trump won Wisconsin in 2016 by a narrow margin and is expected to campaign heavily in Wisconsin again. He has made several appearances in Wisconsin, including a recent April rally in Green Bay.