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U.S. farm group fears impact of China's retaliatory tariffs on A

A farm lobbying group called Farmers for Free Trade released a national television advertisement, to warn the Trump administration the impact of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural products. U.S. President Donald Trump signed a memorandum last week that could impose tariffs on up to 60 billion U.S. dollars of imports from China and place restrictions on Chinese investments in the United States. China's Ministry of Commerce has announced a plan for reciprocal tariffs on imported U.S. products worth about 3 billion dollars.
The advertisement features Indiana soy and corn farmer Brent Bible whose soy operation, like similar producers, relies heavily on exports to China. "Today, we farm about 5000 acres (20.23 sq km) and raise primarily corn and soybeans," Bible said in the 30 seconds spot. "I'm supportive of the Trump administration, but I have a lot of concerns about current actions that have been taken on trade and tariffs." "The fact that China is our number one soybean customer makes us very vulnerable. Our farm and many others like ours will be one of the first casualties of a trade war," Bible said in the ad.
At the end of the ad, it reads: "President Trump. Keep our economy strong. Protect free trade." The message to the president will run for the next two weeks on cable news channels including Fox, CNN, and MSNBC. It will run in the D.C. and Florida markets. The ad will also run online and in agricultural publications across the country.

Trump hopes to have "very successful" meeting with Kim

U.S. President Donald Trump said he is hopeful about his forthcoming meeting with Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), while warning about the consequences if the meeting did not go well. "I hope to have a very successful meeting," Trump said at a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Florida on Wednesday, referring to his planned meeting with Kim scheduled in May or early June. "We will be doing everything possible to make it a worldwide success."
Yet, Trump made clear that he'd still be ready to pull out of what he called a "tremendous" meeting between the leaders of two countries that have been longtime adversaries. "If I think that it's a meeting that is not going to be fruitful, we're not going to go," said the U.S. president. "If the meeting, when I'm there, is not fruitful, I will respectfully leave the meeting, and we'll continue what we're doing or whatever it is that we'll continue," he added.
Washington and Pyongyang have started direct negotiations about the two leaders' meeting. Trump said that CIA chief Mike Pompeo has formed a "good relationship" with Kim in their secret meeting in Pyongyang last week. Abe was on a two-day visit to the United States starting from Tuesday, the second of its kind since Trump assumed the presidency last year.

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