President Donald Trump ordered cabinet members on Monday to stem the tide of rising anger in Iowa and other Farm Belt states over his administration’s decision to allow numerous oil refiners to mix less ethanol into their gasoline, sources told Reuters.
Trump held a two-hour meeting at the White House, two sources familiar with the discussions said. About a week ago, the administration granted 31 exemptions from the nation’s biofuel laws to 31 refineries.
Corn farmers and ethanol producers lobbied to dramatically cut the number of exemptions, which have hit a record under the Trump administration.
(Reporting By Jarrett Renshaw and Humeyra Pamuk; Additional reporting by Stephanie Kelly)