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Brazilian Crooks Received $62 million in Trump Bailout Meant for U.S. Farmers

Company Owned by Brazilian Crooks Received $62 million in Trump Bailout Meant for U.S. Farmers

The Trump administration was alerted to alleged corruption by pork producer JBS USA, but issued the payments anyway.

Chris Sommerfeldt Tribune News Service | The Portland Press Herald

The Trump administration has forked out over $62 million — taxpayer cash that was supposed to be earmarked for struggling American farmers — to a massive meatpacking company owned by a couple of jailbird 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 meat-packer 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.                Continue reading

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