US President Donald Trump on Thursday announced a new $ 13 billion (€ 10,9 billion) aid package for farmers affected by the pandemic.
"As of next week, my administration is committed to providing additional aid of $ 13 billion [...] to help farmers recover from this virus from China," said the US president, who blames Beijing for new coronavirus, detected in late December in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
The announcement was made during a rally in the city of Mosinee, Wisconsin, where Democrats won all presidential elections between 1988 and 2016, the year that Trump beat Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
This is the second economic concession that the US Government makes to farmers, considered the most loyal voters to Trump, to mitigate the effects of the epidemic.
In April, the US Department of Agriculture presented a $ 19 billion (€ 16 billion) package to support the agricultural sector, hit by the economic recession.
Even before the pandemic arrived in the country, the American agricultural sector was already suffering from the impact of the trade war with China, after Beijing imposed customs tariffs on products imported from the USA, such as soybeans and pork.
In March, Trump provided another $ 23,5 billion aid package (close to € 20 billion) to support farmers in the trade war with China.
Donald Trump is a candidate for the November 03 presidential election, and will face Democrat Joe Biden.
The United States is the country with the most confirmed cases of covid-19 and the most deaths caused by the disease in the world.
The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed at least 943.086 deaths and more than 30 million cases of infection in 196 countries and territories, according to a report by the France-Presse news agency (AFP).