Nevertheless, they remain confused by Mr. Trump – especially his recent claim that they are trying to intervene in the midterm elections – and they still feel the rejection of the president of a steel business negotiated last year by his secretary of commerce Wilbur L. Horse.
Craig Allen, president of the US-China Business Council, which represents 200 American companies doing business with China, said Chinese nationalism would "make it difficult for any Chinese leader to accept anything less than that." as an equivalent agreement.
The concern of Senate trade in Indiana was dominated by Mr. Donnelly and Mr. Brown, both of whom have business relationships, accusing each other of selling American workers.
Some analysts here said they were doubtful that the postponement of Mr. Trump's trading in Indiana would drastically change the result, a federal state , who won 19 points in 2016 and continues to be popular.
"I was amazed at the steady support of the farmers for the President "said Mike Yoder, a Republican, commissioner of the Elkhart County. "They were ready to hold on to this president, and if there's a plan for a final of the tariffs, I missed that."
But Mr. Yoder said he greeted Mr. Trump's softer tone. Elkhart County is a production center with production lines that produce recreational vehicles as well as trucks and buses. The tariffs for steel and aluminum drive up the parts of these manufacturers.
"It's good news," Yoder said, "because for Indiana – and especially for Elkhart County – these tariffs must be gone."