Trump administration showers Brazilian crooks with $62M bailout money meant for struggling U.S. farmers

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The Trump administration has forked over more than $62 million — taxpayer cash that was supposed to be earmarked for struggling American farmers — to a massive meatpacking company owned by a couple of corrupt Brazilian brothers.
The Department of Agriculture cut a contract in January to purchase $22.3 million worth of pork from plants operated by JBS USA, a Colorado-based subsidiary of Brazil’s JBS SA, which ranks as the largest meatpacker in the world.
The bailout raised eyebrows from industry insiders at the time, as it was sourced from a $12 billion program meant for American farmers harmed by President Trump’s escalating trade war with China and other countries.
But previously undisclosed purchase reports obtained by the Daily News this week reveal the administration has since issued at least two more bailouts to JBS, even as Trump’s own Justice Department began investigating the meatpacker, whose owners are Joesley and Wesley Batista — two wealthy brothers who have confessed to bribing hundreds of top officials in Brazil.

Both brothers have spent time in jail over the sweeping corruption scandal.
Trump administration showers Brazilian crooks with $62M bailout money meant for struggling U.S. farmers

This is like the whole chocolate & peanut butter combination situation.
I knew Trump had corruption problems.
I knew Trump likes to pretend "buy America" while he outsources as much as he can.
He found a way to combine his two loves together in funding foreign corruption...
#sarcasm
 
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I guess JBS USA had not American employees, and they never ever bought US produced beef, which was fed by US produced grain. So there is no way that the bailout could do anything to help US citizens.

Next thing you now someone will talk about bailing out a foreign owned auto manufacture, because of the loss of jobs within the support structure of it or something. Just totally off the rails.
 
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I guess JBS USA had not American employees, and they never ever bought US produced beef, which was fed by US produced grain. So there is no way that the bailout could do anything to help US citizens.
The right argues bailouts shouldn't happen.
And then when Trump does it and it helps a foreign company, they try to push a false talking point that it is to help U.S. citizens...

Can you show any evidence that the U.S. side of this company was in need of a bailout in the first place?
The reality is the money was earmarked to help U.S. farmers. Paying the international crooks is not the bailout.
Look again at the subject line:
Trump administration showers Brazilian crooks with $62M bailout money meant for struggling U.S. farmers
The reference to "bailout" is about what the money was meant for.

Cause the article makes it plain it was not needed.

The sheer size of the payouts stoked outrage from industry watchdogs, who question how subsidizing a deep-pocketed, Brazilian-owned company would help farmers in the American heartland.​
“Why is the USDA bailing out plants operated by JBS, the largest meatpacker in the world, with a program designed to help domestic companies and producers under economic duress?” said Tony Corbo, a lobbyist at Food & Water Watch, noting that the meat giant reported a net income of $273 million for the first quarter of 2019.​


Next thing you now someone will talk about bailing out a foreign owned auto manufacture, because of the loss of jobs within the support structure of it or something. Just totally off the rails.
I swear.
People who have no interest in anything besides defending Trump regardless of the facts don't even seem to recognize how obvious they are in their tactics...
 
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And how are these payments to farmers, even the honest ones not socialism to RWs?
 
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The right argues bailouts shouldn't happen.
And then when Trump does it, they try to push a false talking point that it is to help U.S. citizens...

Can you show any evidence that the U.S. side of this company was in need of a bailout in the first place?
The reality is the money was earmarked to help U.S. farmers. Paying the international crooks is not the bailout.
Look again at the subject line:
Trump administration showers Brazilian crooks with $62M bailout money meant for struggling U.S. farmers
The reference to "bailout" is about what the money was meant for.

Cause the article makes it plain it was not needed.

The sheer size of the payouts stoked outrage from industry watchdogs, who question how subsidizing a deep-pocketed, Brazilian-owned company would help farmers in the American heartland.​
“Why is the USDA bailing out plants operated by JBS, the largest meatpacker in the world, with a program designed to help domestic companies and producers under economic duress?” said Tony Corbo, a lobbyist at Food & Water Watch, noting that the meat giant reported a net income of $273 million for the first quarter of 2019.​



I swear.
People who have no interest in anything besides defending Trump regardless of the facts don't even seem to recognize how obvious they are in their tactics...
What part of of the USA part of the JBS holdings did you miss? Chrysler is owned by Fiat btw. When it received the bail out it was Daimler. So, should they have received a bail out or is that different?
 
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And how are these payments to farmers, even the honest ones not socialism to RWs?
Its not Socialism. I would call it crony capitalism. Although, farming has been subsidized in the United States for decades now. All of a sudden a long comes Trump and we have to act like its just happening.