CNN spoke this week with several Iowa farmers who said they are fed up with President Donald Trump’s trade war with China because it has pushed them to the brink of financial calamity.
Some of the farmers expressed regret for having supported Trump in the 2016 presidential election.
Iowa farmer Larry Angler told CNN that Trump’s trade war, combined with recent historic flooding, has cost his family between $100,000 and $150,000 this year alone.
When asked if he voted for Trump in 2016, Angler replied, “I did — I’ll never vote for him again!”
Fellow Iowa farmer Robert Ewoldt said he’s had to take a second job as a nighttime truck driver just to keep his farm afloat financially.
“That’s what’s keeping this farm going,” he said.
Asked if he regretted his vote for Trump in 2016, Ewoldt responded: “Yes.”
Iowa farmer Greg Beaman told CNN that he’s grown impatient waiting for the president to deliver on his extraordinary deal-making skills to produce a fair trade agreement with China.
“My uneducated guess is that he better hurry up and start producing a little bit,” he said. “Because so far, what I’m seeing, this negotiation has not panned out.”