Trump scrambles to reassure farmers after MSNBC interviews fed-up corn and soy growers

President Donald Trump on Thursday sent out a tweet aimed at reassuring farmers that he would take care of them shortly after MSNBC ran interviews with fed-up farmers who are being hurt by both his trade war and his fossil fuel-friendly Environmental Protection Agency.


In his tweet, the president told corn growers that he would help them out with upcoming ethanol regulations, despite the fact that his own EPA has granted waivers to oil refineries that have harmed demand for ethanol.

"The Farmers are going to be so happy when they see what we are doing for Ethanol, not even including the E-15, year around, which is already done," the president wrote. "It will be a giant package, get ready!"

Earlier in the morning, MSNBC had two separate interviews with farmers in Iowa who talked about the struggles they were facing because of the president's policies.

In the first interview, MSNBC's Vaughn Hillyard spoke with farmer Brent Renner, who said he initially supported President Donald Trump's trade war with China, but has come to believe that the president has mishandled subsequent negotiations.

"I think the hindsight in all this is we think and wish it would have been handled in a different way, without the use of food as a weapon in this trade war," he said.

In the second interview, Hillyard interviewed Todd Becker, the CEO of ethanol producer Green Plains, who said that demand for his product has been "destroyed" by exemptions the Trump EPA granted to small refineries that get them off the hook for blending in ethanol with their fuel.

"You have got to fix this," Becker said. "Your EPA went too far."

Watch MSNBC's interviews below.