Trump’s Secretary of Agriculture Tells Joke About Whining Farmers to Room Full of Farmers, Gets Boo’d

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Trump’s Secretary of Agriculture Tells Joke About Whining Farmers to Room Full of Farmers, Gets Boo’d

President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue cracked a joke that American farmers “whine” about Trump’s commerce struggle with China and bought laughs as he meant but in addition boo’s from viewers members that seemingly discovered it insensitive.

“I had a farmer tell me this in Pennsylvania,” Perdue mentioned at a farm present in Minnesota final Wednesday, in line with Agri-Pulse. “He said, ‘What do you call two farmers in a basement?’ I said ‘I don’t know, what do you call them?'”

Perdue mentioned the farmer mentioned: “A whine cellar.”

There was laughter however boo’s got here as some members of the group didn’t discover Perdue’s joke humorous, simply two days after China declared it will now not purchase any American agricultural merchandise to hit again at Trump for imposing an extra 10 % tariff on Chinese items.

Perdue made the joke on the finish of a back-and-forth with farmer Mike Peterson of Northfield, Minnesota. Peterson mentioned {that a} June Acreage report by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s National Agricultural Statistics Service was “speculative,” which Perdue denied by saying the officers “are professional.” Petersen then complained that the information has been launched a number of weeks after farmers had been surveyed and joked, “the present American Idol can tabulate what number of votes in the middle of an episode?”

Trump's Secretary of Agriculture Tells Joke About Whining Farmers to Room Full of Farmers, Gets Boo'd
Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Agriculture, speaks on the American Farm Bureau Federations 99th Annual Convention at Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee, on January 8, 2018. JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

Trump’s tariffs on China have led to farmers submitting chapter at never-before-seen charges.

Minnesota Corn Growers Association President Brian Thalmann mentioned farm producers aren’t “starting to do great again” and that “things are going downhill very quickly.”

American Soybean Association member Joel Schreurs expressed concern about export markets with the continuing commerce struggle and predicted the markets are “just not going to come back in a day or two.”

But Perdue stood by Trump’s strain on China and perception that the United States will come out on high ultimately.

“China is going to buy where they see the best value, when we get the trade resolution done,” Perdue mentioned. “We’re working on markets in India, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia to develop other markets.”

Farmers shared all kinds of challenges throughout a listening session at Minnesota’s greatest farm present close to Morgan, Minn., Wednesday. https://t.co/qCPQAVDc1U

— Agri-Pulse Communications (@agripulse) August 7, 2019

Farmers in different states have forged comparable frustration with the president’s commerce struggle.

“It’s really, really getting bad out here,” longtime North Dakota farmer Bob Kuylen instructed CNBC on Saturday. “Trump is ruining our markets. No one is buying our product no more, and we have no markets no more.”

The USDA didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark from Newsweek Monday concerning Perdue’s joke.

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