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CEDAR RAPIDS — Sen. Chuck Grassley admits some nervousness with the current state of trade policies but said farmers he spoke with during recent meetings in Iowa aren’t abandoning President Donald Trump.

Farmers have “great anxiety” about the ongoing tariff situation, Grassley told reporters Wednesday. However, “panic” would not accurately describe what he heard from farmers at 20 question-and-answer sessions Grassley has held during the Senate’s abbreviated state work session.

The Farm Bill, trade and renewable fuels were among the most common topics in those meetings, along with questions about the Supreme Court — “not as many as I thought we would get” — and immigration, he said.

“I don’t find people really giving up on Trump,” Grassley said. “I never had any farmers tell me they were throwing in the sponge on Trump because of his trade policies. They want him to succeed. Some have even gone so far as to say that even though there is some hurt now, he’s doing the right thing. They just hope he gets it done with pretty fast.”

That pretty much describes where Grassley’s at, too.

“As a farmer and a senator who has to speak up for my constituents, I’d have to say I’m nervous, but I haven’t thrown in the sponge either,” Grassley said.

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He sees Trump’s meeting with the president of the European Union as a success and is encouraged by reports that a trade deal with Mexico will be completed as early as this month.

“If we get an agreement with Mexico, they think it will fall in pretty quickly with Canada,” he said.

Resolving differences with China may take longer.

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