By Robert Wiblin The White House says it is committed to growing American agriculture, but President Donald Trump’s own farm is struggling.
Story Continued Below The White house says it has signed a $400 million deal with a California farmer to grow corn and soybeans at the farm on the outskirts of the White House, just across the Potomac River from the Capitol.
Trump has repeatedly touted the farm, which is located at a former military base and was built in the 1960s.
But he is not buying into the White’s claim that the deal will create jobs.
“I am committed to expanding the American agriculture industry,” said White House spokesman Eric Schultz, adding that the administration is in discussions with local farmers to bring their crops to the White house.
“There are many more opportunities to grow crops in this country than in China and Mexico,” Schultz said.
But the WhiteHouse says the farm will be an “experimental” farm and not a “real farm.”
“This is a demonstration farm that is in a remote area of the state of Maryland,” Schultz told reporters.
“We have a lot of people on the ground in this area and they are not expecting to grow much at all.”
The farm was purchased by a group of Maryland residents in 2016 for $1.6 million and then leased to the president.
The farm is now owned by the Trump Organization, a company owned by his family.
“It’s an experimental farm, but not a farm,” said Trump’s former agriculture secretary, David Schultz, who said that while there will be some production, “not a lot.”
The White House also announced that it is giving $1 million to the Baltimore Orioles baseball team to buy the Orioles’ baseball diamond and its field.
The president’s son Eric Trump, a major league baseball player, has also bought the team’s home and is building a new clubhouse.
The president also plans to open an office in his son’s estate.
“We’re working to make sure that we’re making an investment in the American economy and in jobs in the United States of America,” Schultz explained.