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‘It’s Been Insane’: Farmer Tells Fox News That Trump Trade War is Driving Bankruptcies, Suicides

A vice president of the National Farmers Union spoke out against President Donald Trump’s tariff fight with China on Fox News Thursday, suggesting the escalating trade war is driving up suicide rates of farmers.

Patty Edelburg, of the National Farmers Union, was asked by Fox News anchor Sandra Smith about the impact of the trade war on farmers.

“It’s been insane,” Edelburg said. “We’ve had a lot of farmers — a lot more bankruptcies going on, a lot more farmer suicides.”

“It’s horrible for all of us to hear that,” Smith replied. “As Trump said, we love our farmers and want to support our farmers,” the Fox anchor continued, pointing out the president has prepared a $20 billion aid package to relieve farmers of the trade war.

“It will help. I’m not going to call it a solution by any means,” Edelburg replied. “We don’t need band-aids. We need long-term fixes to make sure farmers are able to survive. We understand what President Trump is doing with China. We’ve been trying to fix their manipulative trade practices for years, their policies for years. But the way we’re going about it may not be the right fix.”

Edelburg’s comments echo those made by Bill Gordon, a soybean farmer who appeared on CNN this week and said the added tariffs mean “farmers are not getting their lines renewed, banks are coming in and foreclosing on their farms.”

“We’ve seen a definite increase in suicide rates and depression in farmers in the United States,” he added.

Watch above, via Fox News.

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