Trump announces an agreement with European Union on tariffs

At the hearing, trade industry representatives urged the USTR to reconsider what one witness called the "blunt instrument of tariffs", citing rising costs for U.S. customers and small businesses, as well as the prospect of harmful, retaliatory measures from China.

Republican lawmakers from farm states said they expected to meet Wednesday with Mr. Trump to discuss a pending farm bill and farm aid.

Ohio's Republican governor is blasting President Donald Trump's tariffs and his plan to provide $12 billion in direct payments to farmers and ranchers hurt by foreign retaliation.

'They are being vicious in what will be their failed attempt. "We were being nice - until now!"

"Countries that have treated us unfairly on trade for years are all coming to Washington to negotiate", he said.

Some of fruits to be hardest hit by the trade policies are cherries - which are now facing a 50% tariff going into China - and apples, which have been hit by higher tariffs in China and Mexico, with India set to also implement additional duties next month in response to US duties on steel and aluminium imports. The U.S. and China have threatened to impose 25 percent tariffs next week on $16 billion of each other's goods. Both the USA and European Union drop all Tariffs, Barriers and Subsidies!

Mr Juncker confirmed a new deal had been signed by both leaders on Wednesday that will prevent both nations from introducing new trade tariffs until negotiations are completed.

"We hope that it doesn't come to that and that we can find a solution".

Brussels already retaliated against the steel and aluminium tariffs, imposing punitive duties on over US$3 billion (S$4.09 billion) of U.S. goods, including blue jeans, bourbon and motorcycles, as well as orange juice, rice and corn.

US farmers are expected to grow 14.2 billion bushels of corn this year and 4.3 billion bushels of soybeans, down some from last year but still huge crops. "If tariffs punish farmers, the answer is not welfare for farmers - the answer is remove the tariffs".


The Trump administration's move on Tuesday to help farmers hurt by the trade wars has not stopped the barrage of criticism it has faced over its underlying trade policy.

With congressional elections coming soon, the government action underscored administration concern about damage to USA farmers from Trump's trade tariffs and the potential for losing House and Senate seats in the Midwest and elsewhere.

Derek Sandison, director of the Washington Department of Agriculture said it's too early to tell how the program could help Washington farmers.

"We agreed today, first of all, to work together toward zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers and zero subsidies on non-auto industrial goods", Trump said.

"We will not go against the spirit of this agreement unless either party terminates this negotiation", the U.S. president said, adding that the next step will be to withdraw USA tariffs on aluminum and steel imposed in May, as well as European Union retaliatory tariffs that followed. John Kennedy, R-La. "You've got to treat everybody the same". "As I travel the state I continue to hear Iowa farmers want more trade, not aid." . "America's farmers don't want to be paid to lose - they want to win by feeding the world. This bailout compounds bad policy with more bad policy". The end result will be worth it!' "Negotiations are going really well, be cool". Fruit, nuts, rice, beef, pork and dairy products bought from farmers will be redistributed to federal nutrition assistance programs, according to Politico.

The president is activating a seldom-used Department of Agriculture emergency program to buy excess crops and commodities. They said they believed that there are few signs talks among senior officials could be resumed soon.

"Experience has shown that trade wars and all this tit-for-tat is devastating to the [agriculture] economy and drives prices down", said Richard Schlosser, who grows soybeans, corn and wheat in Edgeley, in southwest North Dakota.

Short-term: Perdue said the "one-time" program would help farmers dealing with "illegal retaliation" to U.S. tariffs, reports the Wall Street Journal.

That figure apparently refers to the USA trade deficit in goods alone last year, which hit $810 billion last year, while the total deficit including services was $566 billion.

"There is a tendency for a little bit of Trump piling on", he said.


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