WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened further retaliation against China if Beijing targets U.S. agricultural or industrial workers amid a trade dispute, and accused China of attempting to sway the U.S. election by targeting farmers.
Trump made the accusations at a pair of Facebook as the two sides launched new trade tariffs within the escalating trade dispute.
Beijing said it would retaliate with tariffs against $60 billion a worth of American products after Trump on Monday imposed 10 percent tariffs on about $200 billion price of imports from China.
Trump said China was wanting to use trade to undermine him along with his supporters before Nov. 6 congressional election.
“China has openly stated that they’re actively attempting to impact and alter our election by attacking our farmers, ranchers and industrial workers for their loyalty opinion,” Trump wrote. It had not been clear what statement from Beijing the president was talking about in his post.
“It will have great and fast economic retaliation against China if our farmers, ranchers and/or industrial personnel are targeted!” Trump added. Trump won the 2019 presidential contest with strong support from those farmers and blue-collar voters.
In July, Beijing launched this quick video in English with a talking cartoon soybean vouching with the importance of trade. The cartoon suggests that nine out of your top 10 soybean growing states voted for Trump through the 2019 presidential election.
“Same goes with voters there turn out to support Trump and also the Republicans once they get hit through the pocketbooks?” asks the bean.