Through February, pork and pork variety meat exports accounted for 31% of all U.S. production, according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation.
But when it comes to restricting meat exports, Trump faces pressure from an industry that doesn’t want its revenue streams restricted.
Export of U.S. pork to China has soared since the 2018 swine flu epidemic devastated China’s domestic pork supply.
Moreover, restricting pork exports to China for the duration of the pandemic would likely be deeply unpopular with both the U.S. meat industry and the Chinese.
A Washington Post investigation found that a number of counties with the highest per capita infection rates in the nation are home to Tyson plants.