Trump suggests no tariffs between US, Europe

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"This is a classic case of protectionism breeding more protectionism, so you had the USA tariffs being imposed on China, China naturally retaliated, and both tariffs have been very much targeted at the mid-west agricultural states that are politically sensitive for Donald Trump", he said.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is trying to ease some of farmers' pain during the trade war.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom will signal the EU's willingness to negotiate a bilateral trade agreement on manufactured goods, or a so-called plurilateral sectoral agreement between all major auto exporters which would cut or eliminate tariffs on automobiles globally. The U.S. and European allies have been at odds over the president's tariffs on steel imports and are meeting as the trade dispute threatens to spread to automobile production.

The Trump administration said Tuesday it would offer $12 billion in emergency funding for farmers hurt by the trade tiff - though even that plan drew scorn in local media.

'Every time I see a weak politician asking to stop Trade talks or the use of Tariffs to counter unfair Tariffs, I wonder, what can they be thinking? Trump says it would be good if they removed all tariffs and trade barriers as part of the discussions.

Senators say the aid package could help short-term, but they're anxious about losing long-term access to export markets.

China imported about US$24.1 billion in agricultural products from the United States past year, accounting for about a fifth of total farm imports in 2017, according to Chinese customs agriculture ministry data. Congressional approval is not needed to proceed with this program.

The response to the announcement was mixed, with many legislators criticizing the plan, calling it "welfare for farmers", and farm groups pleading for a more lasting solution.

This comes as President Donald Trump appears at the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention in Kansas City in the heart of the nation's farm country.

"China is targeting our farmers, who they know I love & respect, as a way of getting me to continue allowing them to take advantage of the U.S.", Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter Wednesday.

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Retaliatory tariffs on goods such soybeans, pork, beef and bourbon have hit farmers' and others' bottom lines in Wisconsin, North Carolina, Ohio, Iowa and Kentucky.

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.

The Republican leader told reporters Tuesday, "I've made it pretty clear I don't think tariffs are the right answer".

A better deal for Americans, better trade agreements.

Liu said the subsidies were probably a preventive measure by Trump to ease the anxiety of his constituencies because he was anxious those voters might reconsider their support if the Chinese duties took hold.

But when threatened with tariffs on autos and auto parts, European Union officials rushed to come to Washington, Mr Trump claimed.

Highlighting the complexity of Wednesday's talks, hours before Trump called for the elimination of all tariffs, he had tweeted that "tariffs are the greatest".

White House officials contend the tariffs inflict some necessary minor, domestic short-term pain in order to achieve long-term large gains for the USA economy.

Two top European Union officials are in Washington to avert a trade clash on cars, but Donald Trump's tweets bode ill for the meeting.

Liu Weidong, a U.S. affairs expert from the Institute of American Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said that with just 20 days since the start of the tariffs it was too early to tell if they had been effective.

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