President Donald Trump said that the USA and the European Union should drop all tariffs, barriers and subsidies, just hours before the bloc's trade chiefs present him with proposals on Wednesday that go a long way toward that outcome in a make or break meeting at the White House. John Thune, whose state produces significant pork, soybeans and grains, slammed the decision to offer farmers aid without fixing the root problem.
After threatening to impose tariffs on European auto imports and repeatedly bashing Europe's trade relationship with the U.S., President Donald Trump struck a different tone on Wednesday when he announced a plan to work with Europe to reduce tariffs imposed by both parties.
A U.S. flag flies near a field of soybeans in Tiskilwa, Illinois, U.S., July 6, 2018. "The EU is going to start to buy a lot more soy beans - they are a tremendous market - buy a lot of soy beans from our farmers, primarily in the Midwest", Mr Trump said.
The EU announced earlier that it would proportionally respond to American trade tariffs, as well as initiate proceedings as part of the World Trade Organization (WTO). "While we need to hold our trading partners to account and ensure fair deals are reached, our government must also pursue long-term and sustainable solutions".
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"We hope that it doesn't come to that and that we can find a solution. So we have to reduce prices down to where they were prior to the tariff", Sandison said. Officials said the direct payments could help producers of soybeans, which have been hit hard by retaliation to the Trump tariffs, along with sorghum, corn, wheat, cotton, dairy and farmers raising hogs.
Canada, Mexico and China - the main target of Trump's trade offensive - have also hit back with steep duties on USA goods, and have filed complaints against Washington at the World Trade Organization.
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"Our farmers have been in nonstop saying they want trade not aid".
Several Republicans were nonetheless critical of the aid plan. Sen.
Soybean prices - in the face of trade fears with China - have hovered around historic lows for months, leading Republican lawmakers in red states to raise red flags about the impact these tariffs could have on Trump country.
Trump has accused the European Union of unfair trade practices and has threatened to raise tariffs on cars imported from the bloc. The program is expected to start taking effect around Labor Day in the U.S. on September 3.
Preliminary details of the agricultural aid program that emerged Tuesday indicate the administration will tap the Commodity Credit Corporation, an entity created during the Great Depression to support farmers, to borrow directly from the Treasury for aid to agriculture. Administration officials, however, deny that the plan is a bailout.
And Americans for Prosperity, a conservative pro-growth group affiliated with the Koch network, said farmers want good trade policy, not a bailout. Although I am pleased that some steps are being taken to reduce the harm from these misguided tariffs on Iowa's farmers, we must not stop fighting for greater opportunity and market access.