More Political Doublespeak from Cramer on the Trade War

(BISMARCK, ND) – Kevin Cramer continues to engage in political doublespeak as he attempts to have it both ways on the trade war. But a quick look at Cramer’s comments – and his record – demonstrate what North Dakotans already know: Cramer will blindly stand with the administration to increase his political capital, regardless of how it impacts North Dakotans.

NOW: Cramer admits there are farmers “hurting, no question about it, in the short-term.”

THEN: Cramer says in agriculture that “the short-term is the long-term […] and just one season can ruin a farmer’s livelihood.”

And while Cramer has told farmers that they need to hang tough in the face of “short-term pain,” a source familiar with the administration’s thinking says the trade war with China is at the “beginning of the beginning.”

See more:
Forum: North Dakota agribusinessman tells Pence he can’t sell enough grain
Bismarck Tribune: North Dakota to lose a lot in trade war
Agweek Editorial: “No one wins in a trade war, even when you try to fix it with a bandage”
Agweek: Economist: Prolonged trade war threatens North Dakota economic growth
AgWeek: The flood is coming: Tariff trade war could swamp soy growers when they’re down
CNBC: Soybean and pea farmers scramble as China and European trade missions cancel visits
KVRR: Farmers Speak Out Against Rep. Kevin Cramer and His Comments on Trade War
Forum: Letter: Steel tariffs are hurting small North Dakota businesses
Forum: Trade war: North Dakota soybean elevators, farmers looking for places to sell crop
Bismarck Tribune: Farmers wonder how ag ‘bailout’ for farmers affected by trade war will work
Forum: Local grain bin dealer says customers feeling tariff squeeze
MyNDNow: New Farm Bill Could be Affected by International Trade Wars
KVRR: Farmers Feeling Effects of Trade War, Farmer Bailout
USA Today: Boat maker, farmer, auto parts CEO feel the pain of a growing trade war under Trump
Forum: ND ag equipment maker feeling sting of trade war
KVRR: China Trade Dispute Results in No Bids on Soybeans
Axios: 11 million U.S. workers are in the trade war’s crosshairs
Associated Press: US trade deficit widened to $50.1 billion in July
Time: China’s New Threat Against Trump Has Some U.S. Farmers Nervous
Real Clear Politics: Trade Deal — or Lack of One — Is Key in N.D. Senate Race
Forum via AgWeek: ND ag equipment maker feeling sting of trade war
KVRR: China Trade Dispute Results in No Bids on Soybeans
Bismarck Tribune: North Dakota soybeans struggle to find market
Forum: Letter: Steel tariffs are hurting small North Dakota businesses
Cavalier County Republican: Soybean woes: from bad to worse in Cavalier County
Williston Herald: Soybeans are stuck
Grand Forks Herald via Washington Post: With jump in soybean output, ND finds itself in the eye of a trade storm
Farm Bureau: As Harvest Marches On, Tariff Pain to Follow
NPR: Soybean Farmers Worry About Tariffs’ Impact
Washington Post: China cancels trade talks with U.S. as new Trump tariffs loom
Associated Press: As aid checks go out, farmers worry bailout won’t be enough
Dickinson Press: Grain companies seek extra storage as trade war continues
Fox Business: Farmers fear China will never return to the US soybean market
Foreign Policy: Trump’s Trade War With China Could Hit Energy Exports
Bloomberg: Tariffs Start to Drag on U.S. Economy as Trade Deficit Widens
CNBC: US trade deficit widens to $53 billion as soybean exports plummet amid China trade battle
Washington Post via AgWeek: As Trump settles scores with China, American farmers pick up tab
Agweek: Grain grading among the later issues negotiated in USMCA; Canadian officials say Cramer’s comments didn’t help
CNBC: Farmers struggle to store crops as US tariffs start to take their toll
PBS NewsHour: Farmers Speak Out Against the Trade War
CNBC: ‘Refugee’ soybeans in the Dakotas seek a home after China stops buying because of the trade war
Forum: ND ag bankers riding the ‘black swan’: Soy tariff damage will last up to 5 years, economist says
Washington Post: North Dakota soybean farmers, caught in trade war, watch the season run out on their crop
NBC News: Trade off: China soybean imports set for biggest drop in 12 years amid tariff conflict
Forbes: China Stops Buying U.S. Oil, Two Months After Record Total