After the speech, flanked by Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue, several Tennessee lawmakers and Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts, Trump signed two executive orders meant to help expand rural broadband.
The crowd applauds as President Donald Trump speaks at the 99th annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation in Nashville, Tenn., on January 8, 2018. The address was similar in tone and style to his campaign speeches.
Specifically, Trump will sign two presidential orders he said will enhance rural broadband coverage and availability. The report urges faster federal permitting for broadband internet expansion in rural areas and for eased rules for providers to place cell towers on federal lands. Trump then implored the audience to "come on, get up", and give him a standing ovation. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article. For every new regulation implemented by the Trump Administration, 22 have been cut leading to the the revitalized economy already seen in his first year of office. "We are going to end the lottery system, and we are going to build the wall", Trump said.
In NAFTA negotiations Trump said, "I am working very hard to get a better deal for our country and our farmers and our manufacturers", but added with Canada and Mexico making all that money it is not the easiest negotiation. "Our armies were fed by, and were made of, farmers", he said.
Trump also talked up how the new tax law rolled back the estate tax by doubling the exemption threshold, meaning few farmers would have to pay those taxes. Trump said that's not going to happen anymore.
The president will highlight recent announcements by a number of corporations that they plan to give out $1,000 bonuses to certain workers.
Farmers will be able to deduct the cost of equipment next year and be "spared the punishment of the deeply unfair estate tax, known as the death tax, so you can keep the farm in your family!" he said to a standing ovation.
"And I'm looking forward to working with Congress to pass the farm bill, on time, so that it delivers for all of you".
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Trump also praised the work of Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) for getting behind rural broadband efforts.
The crowd cheered and whistled and began chanting, "USA, USA, USA". "U.S.!" when Trump shifted to defending national pride against protesters. We want our flag respected.
Trump also vowed to push ahead on job-creating infrastructure projects, and promised to slash federal regulations that he argued hampered farmers. Trump has repeatedly attacked players who knelt during the anthem to draw attention to racial issues. "This president understands the toll government overreach has taken on ordinary business and is moving swiftly to clear the way for prosperity".
She said the president's speech brought good news for many.
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