Trump speaks at Farm Bureau convention as shutdown hampers farmers

/ CBS News

President Trump is addressing the American Farm Bureau Federation's 100th Annual Convention in New Orleans on Monday, as the ongoing partial government shutdown hampers farmers across the country.

The shutdown, now the longest on record, has suspended some federal aid for farmers — including subsidies for farmers hit by the president's tariffs. The shutdown also means farmers don't have information the U.S. Department of Agriculture usually provides to allow them to plan ahead, like suggestions for the quantity of crops they should plant.

Iowa farmer Aaron Lehman told CBS News the shutdown has put him in a bind, after he's already watched the price of his soybeans drop 20 percent since last summer when the Trump administration entered a fight over trade with China. For Lehman, it's like a one-two punch.

"We rely on our USDA folks," he told CBS News correspondent Dean Reynolds.

Federal aid for farmers suspended due to government shutdown

Mr. Trump tweeted early Monday morning that he was headed to Nashville, although the convention speech is in New Orleans. Air Force One's departure from the D.C. area was delayed slightly Monday "so that the crew could rest an indicator light," White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley told the White House press pool.

Before leaving the White House for New Orleans, the president addressed a New York Times report from over the weekend that the FBI opened a counterintelligence probe into whether he was, wittingly or unwittingly, working for Russia after the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

"I never worked for Russia. And you know that answer better than anybody. I never worked for Russia," Mr. Trump told reporters on the snowy South Lawn of the White House. "Not only did I never work for Russia, I think it's a disgrace that you even asked that question because it's a whole big fat hoax."

First published on January 14, 2019

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