Trump Touts Rural Broadband Initiative, Farm Agenda

Farmers hope voices are heard during Trump's Nashville visit

The orders followed input from farmers to Trump's rural America task force, who released a report on Monday that detailed their findings, including the need for better internet access.

But perhaps the biggest issue is internet access. He was the first president in a quarter-century to address the federation's convention.

The second order will "streamline the installation process", the White House said, by requiring agencies to use standardized processes for installing antennas on federal buildings. Farmers, Trump said, "embody the values of hard work, grit, self-reliance and sheer determination". The task force heard from farmers that broadband internet access is an issue of vital concern to their communities and businesses.

Republicans for years have criticized the estate tax as particularly harmful for family farmers, though only a small number of small businesses and farms were estimated to be subject to the tax under the old tax code.

Trump also said family farms will be exempt from the estate tax, which he said would allow families to maintain ownership of their farms. "And we want our national anthem respected also".

We have cut 22 regulations for every one new regulation.

Trump kept perhaps a larger elephant in the room - agricultural trade with China and Mexico, which the farmers heavily support - lower in the speech, assuring the farmers they would "get a better deal" from the North American Free Trade Agreement.

"If the Democrats got their way, they would reinstate every single regulation that we're cutting, and add many more burdensome rules that don't do anything but hamstring our economy and burden our people and our farmers", Trump said.

"That was in 1992, President H.W. Bush, and it was in Kansas City at the old Municipal Auditorium", recalled Kendell Culp from Rensselaer, Indiana Farm Bureau vice president. He will travel to Nashville, Tennessee, for the remarks.

President's special assistant for trade, agriculture and food assistance on the National Economic Council, Ray Starling said in a statement that, "What we often see communicated about rural America is that there are these isolated pockets of despair that are beyond hope or recovery. That's why they love you", Trump said.

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, was among the lawmakers who accompanied Trump on his flight to Nashville.

"The title is so lovely, and that's where it stopped", said Trump, later adding, "We ditched the rule". That's because he says most of the players for both Georgia and Alabama are black, and they could not have played had the South remained segregated. That is something that I think is going to be the sleeper of the bill, you deduct it all in one year as opposed to over many years, that's a tremendous thing.

The president used the campaign-style appearance to again tout the tax reform plan he signed into law last month.



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