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Trump says China is ‘vicious,’ using US farmers as trade pawns

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump accused China on Wednesday of targeting American farmers in a “vicious” way and using them as leverage to get concessions on trade a day after the administration announced a $12 billion farm aid package. Some farmers and farm-state lawmakers, including Trump’s fellow Republicans, ripped the move, saying they would rather trade with no tariffs than receive government help. China and other top US trade partners zeroed in on American farmers with retaliatory tariffs after the…