Multiple nations are getting ready to hammer Trump-backing swing states with retaliatory tariffs in an escalating trade war — but at least one farmer in Wisconsin doesn’t seem to mind that he’ll get hurt.
In an interview with the New York Times, Wisconsin dairy farmer Scott Ditter acknowledged that President Donald Trump’s trade war with China, Canada, Mexico and the European Union could take a big bite out of his farm’s value.
Despite this, he thinks the president is right to pick fights with multiple countries in search of potentially a better deal.
“Maybe it’ll get the attention of these other countries,” he said.
When it comes to how he’ll handle economic hardship, Ditter predicted he’d be able to get through it — and that it would be worth it in the end because Trump would secure a better deal.
“Sometimes you have to suffer a little to get what you want,” he said. “To me, it ain’t mean. I think it’s just business.”
Fellow Wisconsin farmer Jeff Schwager wasn’t so sanguine about his industry’s fate under Trump’s tariffs, however, and he told the Times that dairy farmers should be prepared for the worst.
“If export markets get shut off, I could see us getting to the point where we’re dumping our milk in the fields,” he said.