The Trump administration is still in the “throes” of assembling the president’s promised $15 billion agriculture aid package for an industry hurt in the trade war with China, but it will probably include direct payments to farmers similar to those in last year’s trade assistance, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said.

Perdue said Wednesday his department is “expediting” preparation of the aid plan, which President Donald Trump announced Friday as he escalated the trade war by increasing tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese products and threatening additional tariffs.

Trump said at the time that the U.S. would bolster its purchases of domestic farm products for humanitarian aid in an effort to offset lost demand from China, though some farm groups and experts said that was unrealistic.


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