European Union and USA partners not enemies, Juncker tells Trump

Posted July 28, 2018

The Trump administration is coming to the aid of farmers hurt by its own hard-line trade policies, announcing Tuesday that it will make an estimated $12 billion in government assistance available, including direct payments to growers.

The EU had threatened to impose retaliatory tariffs on $20 billion of USA goods if the talks failed. Officials said Congressional approval is not required - only Congressional notification.

"This is a short-term solution that will give President Trump and his administration time to work on long term trade deals to benefit agriculture and all sectors of the American economy", Perdue told reporters on Tuesday. But they also exact a toll on domestic companies and consumers through higher prices on imported goods when American trading partners retaliate. Fruits, nuts, rice, legumes, beef, pork and milk could be purchased for distribution to food-aid programs.

Trump told workers gathered at U.S. Steel's Granite City Works' Steel Coil Warehouse that other countries were able to target U.S. workers and companies and steal U.S. intellectual property.

"We're making tremendous progress".

Speaking to Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter this morning, European Union trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom outlined the threat and added: "We hope that it doesn't come to that and that we can a solution".

G20 ministers call for greater dialogue on trade tensions
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"We just opened up Europe for you farmers". "Just be a little patient".

Trump had placed tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, saying they pose a threat to USA national security, an argument that the European Union and Canada reject.

In 1971, President Richard Nixon imposed a broad 10 percent import tax for four months to pressure Japan and European countries to drive up the value of their currencies. They are meant to protect domestic businesses and put foreign competitors at a disadvantage.

The White House has already imposed a 25% tariff on $34 billion worth of Chinese products and, three weeks ago, threatened an additional round worth $16 billion.

The United States has been looking to support farmers hurt by the tariffs imposed on USA products and this week announced a $12 billion support package.

Earlier, Mr Trump accused China of "vicious" tactics on trade.

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Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson said the unexpected move to manipulate trade through targeted subsidies 'is becoming more and more like a Soviet-type of economy'.

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"Very demanding and intensive negotiations lie ahead of us", German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said, vowing that "we will represent and defend our European interests just as emphatically as the USA does with its interests".

"The aim is to figure out what the ask is, we don't yet have a clear picture of what the administration wants", the official said. Trump is on Thursday visiting Granite City Works, an IL plant owned by US Steel that announced last month tariffs allowed it to increase production.

"That would finally be called free market and fair trade!" "It's as simple as that".

US President Donald Trump will showcase American-made products ranging from beef jerky and cowboy boots to the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet today, as his administration wages trade battles on a series of fronts.

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Juncker came to Washington for a last-ditch bid to avoid US tariffs on cars.

The two sides agreed to expand European imports of U.S. liquified natural gas and soybeans and lower industrial tariffs on both sides, Mr Trump said.

The tweet came ahead of his Wednesday meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

He said the USA and the EU have agreed to hold off on new tariffs, suggesting that the United States will suspend plans to start taxing European auto imports - a move that would have marked a major escalation in trade tensions between the allies.

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