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>> With trade tensions between the White House and Beijing mounting, President Trump this week attempted to reassure American farmers who count China as their number one customer.>> If they wanna hit the farmers because they think that hits me, I wouldn't say that's nice, but I tell you our farmers are great patriots.
These are great patriots. They understand that they're doing this for the country, and we'll make it up to them.>> But Bejing's threat of a 25% tariff on more than 100 products, including soybeans, the most valuable US agricultural export to China, has some farmers worried. Like Dwight Meyer of Kansas, who voted for Donald Trump.
>> We certainly are hoping that we can get this worked out, and that it does not cause a major drop in the price we receive for our soybeans. And of course, with China taking approximately 30% of the US soybean production, we are definitely concerned that we would like to make sure that they are still a customer of US soybeans.
>> The concern also felt by Kansas' Republican candidates running for Congress in this year's upcoming midterm election, who say if tariffs do come to pass, it could shake their constituents' faith, not only in the President, but them too.>> He's the leader of the band, whether we like it or not.
So we'll take a hit, there's no question. How bad a hit each individual candidate will take depends largely on how they respond to that.>> I'm hopeful that he will be able to negotiate the best deal for us, it's critical. Exporting is critical for Kansas, especially agriculture. And so, we are walking on egg shells waiting to see how this turns out.
>> China's attack on American farmers->> White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters on Monday that the Trump administration would present a plan to protect US farmers in the event of a trade war with China shortly.>> The president has asked the Department of Agriculture to come back with some specifics that we'll announce to you guys shortly.