President Trump is funneling $62 million of taxpayer funded farm aid to a foreign, Brazilian owned meatpacking company, which is owned by two billionaire majority GOP donor brothers who just so happen to be under investigation by the Department of Justice after the brothers admitted to bribing politicians to obtain benefits for their businesses.
This company just so happens to donate to Republicans 79% to 21% for Democrats overall, and in 2018, they spent 96% to Republicans, with a paltry 4% to Democrats. They produce chicken under Pilgrims Pride Corp, as well as other units.
With money set aside to help farmers who are suffering from Trump’s trade wars, the “drain the swamp” president is spending $62 million of taxpayer money to JBS USA, whose parent company is Brazil-based JBS S.A., which is the largest meatpacking company in the entire world.
That is to say, that money we are all subsidizing to help farmers is being spent to subsidize a big business that just so happens to donate almost entirely to Republicans.
Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) busted President Trump for giving $62 million in taxpayer farm aid to a “corrupt” foreign company.
In a May 23 letter that her office sent to PoliticusUSA, Senator Baldwin asked why money that is supposed to be helping struggling U.S. farmers is going to a foreign company:
“Allowing taxpayer funds to support foreign agricultural companies, particularly corrupt foreign companies, at a time when farmers in Wisconsin and across the country are suffering from pain caused by your trade wars is outrageous and I’m calling on you to explain how you allowed this to happen.”Senator Baldwin Letter to President Trump on Ag Aid to Foreign Companies 5 23 19
Baldwin noted that her state of Wisconsin has lost 1,480 dairy farms since Trump took office, losing 90 dairy farms in April alone.
The DOJ investigators visited Brazil in December of 2018 to question the shareholders of J&F Investimentos, which is the holding company of JBS SA, after brothers Joesley and Wesley Batista admitting to bribing politicians.
Reuters reported that a source familiar with the probe told them that Justice Department investigators questioned the Batista brothers and forbade them from leaving the country.
That sounds 2016-familiar.
Because Donald Trump has taken foreign help to win an election before, and his people are actively trying to do it again with the Ukraine, it should also be filed that Brazil is run by an authoritarian populist who is often compared to Donald Trump, Jair Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro also trash talks vulnerable groups.
“They say he’s the Donald Trump of South America,” Trump bragged during a speech to the Farm Bureau on January 14, 2019.
Chuck Todd observed today on his show that it appears as if Trump is “trying to have world leaders sort of pick which political party they should side with?”
I’m pretty certain the authoritarians already know and have aligned themselves with Trump against the west and its idea of democracy, just as Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted.
The Russian money funneled into U.S. politics looks to have been laundered through the NRA and Rusal, the Russian oil company. It would not be a stretch to investigate if this meatpacking company, known for bribing politicians and for donating almost exclusively to Republicans in the last cycle, is serving as a front for Brazil’s authoritarian leadership to help Trump and Republicans in 2020 or there is some sort of quid pro quo going on that would explain them getting $62 million in taxpayer money meant to help U.S. farmers suffering from Trump’s trade wars.
Trump and Republicans need all of the help they can get. Donald Trump and his Republican Party can’t win elections without cheating.
They take help from hostile foreign countries whose values deeply oppose our own. It would be a mistake to ignore this red flag in the lead up to 2020. In 2016, Trump didn’t have his hand on the lever of government and he still managed to make deals with foreign countries about U.S. policy. Imagine what he can do with his hands directly on the lever and absolutely zero respect for law or love of country or the ideals upon which this country was founded.
This is the exact opposite of draining the swamp; in fact, there has never been such a corrupt president in the White House before.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
Sarah hosts Politicus News and co-hosts Politicus Radio. Her analysis has been featured on several national radio, television news programs and talk shows, and print outlets including Stateside with David Shuster, as well as The Washington Post, The Atlantic Wire, CNN, MSNBC, The Week, The Hollywood Reporter, and more.
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