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

02:11  13 august  2019
02:11  13 august  2019 Source:   newsweek.com

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President Donald Trump's Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue cracked a joke that American farmers "whine" about Trump's trade war with China and got laughs as he intended but also boo's from audience members that seemingly found it insensitive.

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

"I had a farmer tell me this in Pennsylvania," Perdue said at a farm show in Minnesota last Wednesday, according to Agri-Pulse. "He said, 'What do you call two farmers in a basement?' I said 'I don't know, what do you call them?'"

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American farmers are attacking President Donald Trump in the wake of a new hit from China, which “It’ s really, really getting bad out here,” Bob Kuylen, a North Dakota farmer of 35 years, told CNBC. The agriculture secretary also appeared to indicate that farmers were whining too much, joking

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Perdue said the farmer said: "A whine cellar."

There was laughter but boo's came as some members of the crowd did not find Perdue's joke funny, just two days after China declared it would no longer buy any American agricultural products to hit back at Trump for imposing an additional 10 percent tariff on Chinese goods.

Perdue made the joke at the end of a back-and-forth with farmer Mike Peterson of Northfield, Minnesota. Peterson said 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 officials "are professional." Petersen then complained that the data has been released several weeks after farmers were surveyed and joked, "the show American Idol can tabulate how many votes in the course of an episode?"

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The agriculture secretary , Sonny Perdue, said in the report that “while other sectors of the American economy have largely recovered from the Great But even as the administration promotes its efforts on behalf of farmers , some of those tending the fields are not so sure of Washington’ s approach.

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Minnesota Corn Growers Association President Brian Thalmann said farm producers are not "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 ongoing trade war and predicted the markets are "just not going to come back in a day or two."

But Perdue stood by Trump's pressure on China and belief that the United States will come out on top in the end.

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

Farmers in other states have cast similar frustration with the president's trade war.

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

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GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, MI - U. S . Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue reassured West Michigan farmers that the Trump Administration has Perdue, a veterinarian and former governor of Georgia, told farmers the new Farm Bill that will be debated this year before the current legislation

Uniquely qualified as a former farmer , agribusinessman, veterinarian, state legislator, and governor of Georgia, he became the 31st United States Secretary of Agriculture on April 25 Perdue’ s policies as U. S . Secretary of Agriculture will be guided by four principles which will inform his decisions.

The USDA did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Newsweek Monday regarding Perdue's joke.

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