(BISMARCK, ND) – En route to Fargo for a closed-door, ritzy fundraiser for administration lapdog Kevin Cramer, the president announced that his administration threatened tariffs on an additional $267 billion of Chinese goods – this is on top of the tariffs on $200 billion on Chinese goods the administration is preparing to enact in the coming days.
“There’s no question about it – escalating this reckless trade war is bad for North Dakota’s economy,” said Courtney Rice, Press Secretary for the North Dakota Democratic-NPL. “Despite that obvious fact, we don’t expect Kevin Cramer to raise the issue during his time with the president because he is more concerned with raking in high-dollar donations and climbing the political ladder than standing with North Dakota’s farmers and manufacturers on trade issues.”
From the outset, Cramer has fallen in line as one of Washington’s most enthusiastic cheerleaders of the president’s trade war. Out of touch with the economic realities in his home state, Cramer has repeatedly dismissed the concerns of North Dakotans as “hysteria” and suggested that farmers hang tough in the face of “short-term pain.” Meanwhile, soybean prices have dropped as much as 20 percent, steel prices for North Dakota’s manufacturers have gone up as much as 30 percent, and soybean orders from China have stopped.