President Donald Trump attends a tax reform kickoff event on August 30, 2017 in Springfield. | Via The White House/Flickr

Missouri business group, farmers join campaign against trade war



Across America this week, about 200 trade associations will launch a campaign to end President Donald Trump’s trade war, Bloomberg reports. The coalition, known as Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, plans to speak directly to lawmakers on Capitol Hill and debut an ad. 

The Missouri Retailers Association and some individual farmers from Missouri are part of the coalition, group spokeswoman Melanie Lehnhardt said in a Thursday email. 

Missouri businesses paid close to $40 million in tariffs on products subject to the tariffs in October, according to the group, which has tracked U.S. Census Bureau data for every state. That’s approximately 9 times the amount of tariffs paid on the same products year-over-year.  

Trump is slated to meet with Chinese officials this week. About a month looms before U.S. tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports are to double to 25 percent. 

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