Since becoming president, Donald Trump has taken many well-publicized shots at Mexico’s citizens and leaders. He has threatened to place a 20 percent tariff on Mexican imports to help fund the construction of a border wall, made plans to renegotiate NAFTA at the expense of Mexico, and he allegedly told President Enrique Peña Nieto that he would send U.S. troops into Mexico to fight cartels.
Now Mexican politicians are pushing back against President Trump’s aggressive diplomacy tactics by going after U.S. corn.
Senator Armando Rios Piter has announced plans to introduce a bill that would boycott U.S.-produced corn for the foreseeable future and purchase corn from Brazil and Argentina instead, according to CNN Money. This might not sound like a big deal, but Mexico currently buys 25 percent of the corn in the U.S.
If Mexico decides to buy corn from non-U.S. sources, it could cost American farmers billions of dollars in revenue.
According to CNN, the sale of U.S. corn brought famers $2.4 billion dollars in 2015. That’s going to hurt quite a few farmers. Roughly 100,000 Iowan and Kansan farmers combined rely on trade with Mexico for their livelihood. Putting these jobs at risk could hurt President Trump’s claim that he would be the “greatest jobs president God ever created.”
Senator Chuck Grassley from Iowa tweeted out his concern for the very real threat Mexico’s boycott could bring.
Clearly it’s not just politicians in Mexico that are affected by President Trump’s attitude towards Mexico.
Mexican politicians are determined to show that President Trump’s behavior has consequences.
Senator Rios Piter told CNN that this retaliation is a “good way to tell them that this hostile relationship has consequences, hope that it changes.”