MIAMI.- The latest political controversy between the presidential candidates republicans Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis placed at the center of the discussion a protagonist who caused outrage with his aggressive strategy of geopolitical positioning on the American continent: the China communist.
Although both are openly opposed to Xi Jinping’s regime’s advances in this part of the Western Hemisphere, Trump accused DeSantis of taking “the side of the Chinese communists”, in a specific case with relative to American farmers.
During a rally in Dakota, the former president assured that the governor of Florida “strongly opposes my protection of our farmers,” after – he stated – “I protect our farmers, in It’s very simple and, along the way, those farmers get big checks.”
The reason for the controversy between the strongest candidates for the Republican presidential nomination began in 2018.
DeSantis, who is a member of Congress and candidate for governor of Florida, disagrees subsidies Trump gave to farmers, when he was president.
The Trump administration has imposed tariffs on more than $300 billion in Chinese goods to fund a relief program for farmers, and the White House has pledged to send $28 billion in subsidies to provide relief for that. industry.
“I’m not a fan of farm subsidies and, you know, putting billions of dollars into farm subsidies, I want to avoid doing that,” DeSantis said on Fox Business at the time. “I’m not a fan of farm subsidies and, you know, putting billions of dollars into farm subsidies, I want to avoid doing that,” DeSantis said on Fox Business at the time.
Trump added Friday to the Dakota that “it’s a simple matter, DeSantis sided with the Chinese communists and fought hard to keep this from happening.”
The former president made the same accusations against DeSantis during a campaign stop in July. For Trump, DeSantis’ statements will make him appear to be “disloyal” to the interests of the United States.
However, DeSantis, as governor of Florida, earlier this year signed bills to prevent Chinese citizens from buying land in Florida, calling the Chinese Communist Party “the biggest geopolitical threat to America.”
Trump’s attacks on the farmers issue were not addressed by DeSantis.
Despite the criminal charges against him, Trump remains the overwhelming favorite to win the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, with a 39-point lead in national polls over DeSantis.