Does it mean "businesses during Trump's presidency like number 4 in this link: http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/base_1?

"China consumes a ton of products made by Trump's base. It is the largest market for US soybeans (62% in 2016) and airplanes (25% of Boeing passenger planes in 2016). It the second-largest market for US cotton (14% in 2016), auto (17% in 2016), and semiconductors (15% in 2016)."

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/us-begins-section-301-investigation-2017-8

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    4a specifically: a group of people who support someone or something, for example with money or votes.
    – choster
    Aug 21, 2017 at 17:25

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A politician's "base" is the people who are his most solid supporters, the people that he can almost surely count on to vote for him, maybe even give him money, etc.

What the writer is saying here is that many of the products that China buys from the US are products that are made by people who support Mr Trump. For example they say that China buys a lot of US soybeans, and farmers tend to support Mr Trump.

I'd question whether the paragraph is accurate. I don't think auto workers are part of Mr Trump's base. I thought they mostly voted against him, but Mr Trump won Michigan because they didn't vote as overwhelmingly Democrat as they had in past elections, and so the union Democrat vote was eclipsed by the Republican small business and rural vote. But in any case -- and this is the relevant point -- auto workers are not part of Trump's "base" because they are not his core supporters. He picked up enough of them to win the election, but they are not solid, reliable votes for him in the future, and so would not be considered part of his "base".


Trump's "base" is his political base: the voters whom he can rely on to support him.

A key element of Trump's campaign was his promise to reverse the loss of American jobs to foreign manufacturers, so a major part of his "base" is workers in American manufacturing industries: the people who earn their livings by creating that "ton of products" sold to China.


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