Former Purdue Ag Dean Says Trump Trade Tactic is Wrong


By Gary Truitt, Hoosier Ag Today

Feb 7, 2019


A former Dean of the Purdue College of Agriculture says President Trump is correct to take on China over trade but the way he has gone about it is wrong.  Bob Thompson told Hoosier Ag Today, “This tariff war we have launched is really screwing up our international competitiveness.” He added the tariff approach has been especially tough on U.S. agriculture.


“We have lost a lot of export in 2018 and into 2019, and it has damaged our reputation as a reliable supplier. Nobody has ever won a trade war.” But Thompson, who headed up rural development at the World Bank after leaving Purdue, said Trump was not wrong in taking on Beijing over trade, “We had to take on China over their stealing of international properties, but personally I feel using tariffs was the completely wrong way to get their attention.”


Thompson, who served as Dean from 1987 to 1993, says U.S. agriculture is in a competitive struggle to grow its share of the world food market...


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